According to the Nashville Tennessean, Titans linebacker Akeem Ayers will line up as a pass rusher regularly this season. The 2011 2nd round pick has spent the offseason working out with pass rush technique specialist Keith Millard. At 6-3 254, with good athleticism, he has all the tools to be a pass rusher and was noted for his above average blitzing ability coming out of UCLA last year, with some people even projecting him as a potential 3-4 rush linebackers.
Ayers spent last year primarily as a linebacker, blitzing well on occasion. This year, however, it appears he’ll play more of a hybrid role and move to the defensive line in obvious passing situations to spell Derrick Morgan and Kamerion Wimbley (mostly Morgan, who is the inferior pass rusher). 2nd round rookie Zach Brown, a terrific coverage linebacker, will replace him at linebacker next to every down middle linebacker Colin McCarthy in 2-linebacker sets in sub packages. The veteran Will Witherspoon will remain purely a 2-down run stuffer.