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Tennessee Titans: 3 major needs for the upcoming NFL offseason

The Tennessee Titans are on their way to their first AFC Championship Game since 2002. In the second half of the season, the Titans have transformed themselves into one of the best and toughest teams in football.

Regardless, there are still ways for Tennessee to improve and build on the success they’ve had this season.

Pass rusher

The Titans need someone to pair with breakout pass rusher Harold Landry. Additionally, while Landry compiled a team-leading nine sacks this season, the second-year linebacker recorded just 11 total tackles and zero sacks in the team’s last four regular-season games.

Cameron Wake will be 38 years old this month, so if the Titans want to improve on the 34 sacks they recorded this year, the team needs to address the need at pass rusher. Players like Penn State’s Yetur Gross Matos and LSU’s K’Lavon Chaisson are two promising prospects that could fall into the Titans lap late in the first round.

Offensive Line

The Titans allowed the third-most sacks in the NFL this season. As good as the offense has been late in the season, that simply isn’t a recipe for success. Jack Conklin, while a great offensive tackle, is a free agent this offseason.

The Titans definitely have talent on the line but need better production. Adding another piece or two would help with talent and depth. Having a monster running back like Derrick Henry will definitely make your offensive line better, but regardless of Henry’s success, the position group remains a need for Tennessee.

Kicker

Kicker has been a problem for the Titans for years now. The Titans had four different kickers in Ryan Succop, Cairo Santos, Cody Parkey, and Greg Joseph. The four of them combined to make just eight of their 18 field goal attempts (44.4 percent) on the season.

Joseph, a second-year player out of Florida Atlantic has filled in as the team’s kicker this postseason. The 25-year-old has made all nine of his extra-point attempts but has yet to attempt an actual field goal.

Joseph performed well as a rookie in 2018 for the Cleveland Browns going 17 for 20 on his attempts and should at the very least, deserve consideration to be the team’s starter next year.

However, an elite kicker would do wonders for a Titans offense that is in desperate need of one. There’s usually only about one or two kickers to get drafted every year so maybe the Titans can fill that need through trade or free agency.

If they do want to draft a top kicking prospect, 2019 Lou Groza Award winner Rodrigo Blankenship could be a solid option for Tennessee.