The great thing about the NFL is that there are so many positions that every year, there is almost always at least one player who has a breakout year on every team, no matter how good or bad the team is. This is one part in a 32 part segment detailing one potential breakout player for the 2012 NFL season on each NFL team. For the Tennessee Titans, that player is defensive end Derrick Morgan.
Derrick Morgan was a 1st round pick of the Titans in 2010, going 16th overall. He barely played as a rookie, playing just 114 snaps, before tearing his ACL week 4. For what it’s worth, he played well in very limited action, managing 2 sacks and 7 quarterback pressures on 64 pass rush snaps, a 14.1% rate, and he also played the run well.
In 2011, he struggled mightily last season with 3 sacks, 6 quarterback hits, and 19 quarterback pressures on 378 pass rush snaps (7.4%), though he played the run pretty well. He was not fully back from that torn ACL, as he had to have another minor operation on the knee before the season and he played the whole season with a knee brace.
Heading into 2012, he’s shed the knee brace and is having a strong offseason. His Head Coach, Mike Munchak, said this about him, “I think he has that potential. We are excited about him. I feel like last year he was our fifth rookie starter. I think he has a year behind him with his injury, and we are expecting big things out of him.”
I really liked him coming out of Georgia Tech in 2010, where he had 55 tackles, 18.5 for loss, and 12.5 sacks in 2009 and I think he’s still got potential going into admittedly a make or break season for him. He’s got little to no competition for the starting job and, unless he’s damaged goods with that knee, he could have a breakout year in 2012.
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