The Tennessee Titans Outside full-back Derek Tosca claimed concessions from Pittsburgh Steelers last week. Replaces Tuszka Harold Landry In the list of 53 players, who were officially placed with the Injured Reserve (IR) after suffering a ruptured ACL at the end of the season. It’s a crushing blow to the Titans’ defense that will now be without an article leader from 2021.
The Giants are moving forward and part of that entails enlisting the services of Tuszka to help replace Landry’s production. First, it is strange that Titans general manager Jon Robinson claimed Tuszka rather than lift David Anenih off the 53-man list. A free rookie free agent out of Houston, Anenih drove the Titans with 3.0 sacks and forced two fumbles throughout the preseason. The Titans clearly feel Anenih requires more sharpening and have chosen to add a veteran with NFL experience instead.
A seventh-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, Tuszka spent one year with Denver Broncos The aforementioned Steelers. Tuszka appeared in 24 career competitions, scoring 2.0 sacks, 24 joint tackles and one man-forced foul. Tuszka played in 15 games for the Steelers in 2021, totaling two career bags and 18 joint tackles. Tosca also saw 194 special teams shots.
Tuszka was a high-profile performer and rookie for three years at North Dakota, where he was a teammate with Dillon Radones. As a top player in 2019, Tuszka scored 48 tackles including 19 tackles for losses, 13.5 sacks, one forced stumble, and five defensive passes. That production didn’t quite translate to the professional ranks, and the Titans’ coaching staff is now tasked with getting more of their impressive physical skill set.
How Tuszka will be involved in the Titans’ defense remains to be seen. Defensive coordinator Shane Bowen needs Bud Dupre to be healthy and productive in Landry’s absence. Dupree should be in the field a ton. Opposite Dupre it will include a mix of Tosca, Rashad Weaver and Ola Adeney. Weaver, a sophomore from Pittsburgh, is the obvious choice to receive the bulk of the picks. Weaver has enjoyed a great pre-season campaign and looks ready to take it a step further. Adeniyi was also productive and efficient with his few chances of rushing a pass.
It’s worth noting that veteran defensive lineman Denico Autry is versatile enough to play on EDGE. Autry got several shots outside in place of the injured Dupree last season. More of the same is expected with Landry on the mend. When Autry plays outside, expect the free take of DeMarcus Walker to replace Autry inside. Walker entered the league with some pedigree from FSU, but largely failed to live up to his preliminary expectations. The Titans think they’ve found a gem in Walker, and while it’s not a substitute for Landry’s likeness, it could end up playing the most shots of all players in the mix due to its ability to play indoors and outdoors. .
Tuszka will get chances to make an impact on the Titans, but he’ll likely turn into a lineup behind Weaver, Adeniyi and Walker.