Tennessee Titans edge rusher Harold Landry had the best season of his career last year.
The former Boston College standout played in all 17 games and totaled 75 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, and 12 sacks.
Landry’s impressive season, which resulted in a trip to the Pro-Bowl, was good enough to earn him a new five-year, $87.5 million contract with the Titans.
His season wasn’t good enough, though, to earn any respect from Pro Football Focus.
PFF ranked the 32 best edge rushers in the NFL in 2022 — putting them in six tiers — and Landry wasn’t included at all on their list.
PFF didn’t include Landry in their top 32, but they included guys like Carl Lawson, Montez Sweat, John Franklin-Myers, and Brandon Graham.
There’s a major difference between Landry and the players mentioned above — those four players have never had a season with double-digit sacks, unlike Landry.
If the Titans wouldn’t have signed Landry to a big contract this offseason, another team certainly would’ve. Finding an effective pass rusher isn’t easy. Finding an effective pass rusher who is durable like Landry (he’s played in 64 out of a possible 65 games in his career) is even tougher.
I’m not under the illusion that Landry is a top-five pass rusher in the NFL. But he’s easily in the top 32. And I think there’s a legitimate case to be made that he should be ranked in the top 15 or top 20.
This is just another case of a national media outlet completely forgetting that a Titans player even exists.
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