The yearly shouting matches have begun. The unrest that comes along with Pro Bowl voting is here. The Tennessee Titans had one player selected to the Pro Bowl, safety Kevin Byard. He was most certainly deserving, but there were a couple of Titans defensive linemen that had a case for a nod in the annual “all-star” game as well.
Simmons has easily been one of the most disruptive defensive line forces in the NFL this season. As far as production, he has more sacks, almost twice as many tackles for loss, and more than twice as many tackles as Kansas City’s Chris Jones. Jones is a great player, but this season Simmons has outperformed him overall.
He does this to tight ends and offensive linemen consistently, too.
Jeffery Simmons tossing Freiermuth into a coffin in the middle pic.twitter.com/DCegoYKJTT
— Trevor Sikkema (@TampaBayTre) December 19, 2021
Not to mention, he has more sacks than either Cameron Heyward or DeForest Buckner, the other two Pro Bowl starters at IDL for the AFC. In other words, Simmons has been a menace to opposing quarterbacks. His play in the run game has been very consistent as well, but it is overlooked at times.
Simmons also seems to come up in the biggest moments as well. Over the past two seasons, he has been a part of some of the biggest defensive stands for Titans victories. This year, the finish to the Bills game fits that category.
JEFFERY SIMMONS CALLS GAME
— PFF (@PFF) October 19, 2021
Harold Landry III
Another underrated DL among his peers in the AFC is Harold Landry III. Casual watchers around the league may not know his name well, but Titans fans hear it constantly every week. Landry has 11 sacks so far this season, more than Joey Bosa who only has 9.5. Bosa is an AFC Pro Bowl starter at OLB.
Landry also has 65 total tackles. He is a force in the run game with thirteen tackles for loss. Like Simmons, QBs don’t enjoy seeing Landry as he has 21 QB hits already. Through fourteen games, that’s more than his sixteen-game total from last season when he had sixteen.
Most QB pressures this season:
Myles Garrett – 44
Nick Bosa – 43
Matt Judon – 41
Micah Parsons – 41
Harold Landry – 41
TJ Watt – 38
Trey Hendrickson – 37
Joey Bosa – 36
Sam Hubbard – 35
Aaron Donald – 34
Shaquil Barrett – 34
Maxx Crosby – 34
— NFL Stats (@NFL_Stats) December 17, 2021
It is worth noting that both Simmons and Landry are the top alternates from the Titans. In the case of injuries or anything, they could get in. Regardless, they both had a great case to be elected starters in the game.
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