Its week 8 Titans fans and time for some mid season fun. Who is your Most Valuable Player for the Titans midway through the season? Here are some of my candidates:
Linebacker Akeem Ayers:
Ayers is tied at #6 in the league (Antoine Winfield, CB, Vikings) for total number of tackles with 60 total tackles, 37 solo, 1 sack and 3 passes defended. The second year player out of UCLA plays strongside linebacker for the Titans and has started since day one, leading all Titans linebackers in 2011 with 88 tackles. He was credited with 2 sacks, 3 tackles for a loss and 7 quarterback pressures.
Safety Jordan Babineaux:
Cornerback Jason McCourty:
The 4th year player has a team leading 2 interceptions, 39 total tackles, 2 tackles for a loss, and 5 passes defended. His two interceptions both came in the 4th quarter and both helped the Titans seal a victory against the Steelers and the Bills.
Defensive Tackle Jurrell Casey:
I'm a big fan of the big guy. The second year player doesn't have a ton of big time statistics he is just a guy who is a big time component of this defense. When he is healthy the defensive line is just so much better. Quick and agile for his size, he leads the team in tackles for a loss at 4 with teammates Alterran Verner and Derrick Morgan, and has 24 tackles of which 15 are solo.
Defensive End Derrick Morgan:
Running back Chris Johnson:
Despite a slow start, CJ is currently 11th in the league in rushing statistics with 496 yards, 2 touchdowns, and a 4.5 YPC. CJ's struggles in 2011 are well documented but he is making a strong candidate to be in line for MVP this year if he keeps up his current pace.
Wide Receiver Nate Washington:
He doesn't have dazzling statistics but any Titans fan knows he makes dazzling plays for this team. The 8th year player is 40th in the league in player receiving statistics with 23 catches out of 43 targets, 374 total receiving yards, 3 touchdowns and a 16.3 average per catch. He does lead the Titans in receiving and has been money on making the big plays the Titans need in the offense.
Rookies of the Year:
Wide Receiver Kendall Wright:
The first round draft pick has started every game this year and is currently 3rd in receiving yards with 36 receptions (55 targets) for 304 yards, 2 touchdowns and an 8.4 yards per catch. He leads the team in yards after catch with 159 yards. He is also tied with running back Chris Johnson for most 1st downs at 20.
Linebacker Zach Brown:
Despite not starting the season at linebacker, second round pick Brown is currently ranked 6th in total team tackles at 37, 23 of them solo. He has 1 sack, 3 tackles for a loss, 1 pass defended and 1 forced fumble. Getting better every game, it wouldn't surprise me if he didn't end up the team leader in total tackles.
Defensive Tackle Mike Martin:
I really thought hard about putting rookie DT Martin in the MVP slot he is playing so well. The third round draft pick easily cracked the defensive line rotation and is playing a lot of snaps for the Titans. Quick and agile like fellow DT Jurrell Casey, he is currently 10th on the team in total tackles at 24 with 13 of them solo. He has also has 2 sacks and 3 tackles for a loss.
What say you Titans fans? Who do YOU think is on the radar for team MVP?