Tulloch takes over the middle, from what I hear. Frankly, I didn't watch the Titans play at all last year...but everything I've read indicates Tulloch is a beast and one of the best MLBs in the league. That is what I read, anyway. What I'll be looking for in preseason and what was missing from all the LBs last year was good tackling and an ability to get off a block (though Levy wasn't too bad at getting off blocks).
Levy and Durant will man the outside. Durant has to stay healthy, which has been his issue thus far. I remember Durant was one of the guys I liked coming out of college, but to be honest I haven't watched him play in the NFL. I think Durant is more of a WLB but the two guys are about the same size so we'll see.
It surprises me that Tulloch took a one year deal for $3M. I thought he had other offers for more and longer. Guess not. Durant got a 2 year deal. And those three guys are the only LBs who have a set spot on the roster.
Zack Follett needs to prove something this year, but he was coming on last year before his neck injury. They brought in Quentin Davie (Northwestern UDFA) who a couple years ago looked like a top LB but had a poor senior year. He's 6-4, 240 and I always think of Northwestern guys as being smarter than average. Doug Hogue is a fast LB who was drafted late because he's a project. These guys have a shot at the roster if they prove they can play special teams. Ashlee Palmer and Isaiah Ekejuba are proven special teamers but can be upgraded. Korey Bosworth and Caleb Campbell are known commodities and have potential on their sides. DeJuan Fulgham, Cobrani Mixon, Daunte Akra are rookie free agents who have a long row to hoe to make it on this team.
Overall I like the starters at LB, and they should be much improved over last year's bunch of misfits (though, I thought Bobby Carpenter played well enough to be re-signed). You all know I love me some LBs and I'm excited to see what Tulloch brings to the table. I know him the least but have heard about him the most. I'm anxious to see him in action. However...I see the backups as a danger zone, and the trainers need to pay special attention to keeping the starters healthy or it could be another ugly year up the middle.
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