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Tennessee Titans 2013 Breakout Players: Jurrell Casey

Jurrell Casey Tennessee Titans sacks Philip Rivers

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Tennessee Titans may have uncovered a gem when they selected Jurrell Casey in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft. In his first year in the league Casey registered 54 tackles, five tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks. Casey duplicated this impressive stat line last season securing his place as a promising difference maker with All-Pro potential.

Casey’s two year stat line exceeds the performances of  perennial All-Pro defensive tackles like Cincinnati Bengals Geno AtkinsBaltimore Ravens, Haloti Ngata and San Francisco 49ers, Justin Smith. However, unlike his peers Casey’s production was compromised since there were no other play-makers along the Titans defensive line that gave him the opportunity to take advantage of single coverage.

Blessed with good feet and a great motor Casey is a superb three down linemen that makes life for opposing running backs and quarterbacks hell on earth. Although Casey is unlikely to ever register double digit sacks the talent is there for him to take his place as the next elite defensive linemen in the NFL.

During the offseason Casey has spent the summer in the film room mastering his craft, committed to becoming better. Casey had an incredible season last year that went largely unnoticed due to the Titans struggles on the defensive side of the ball. If Casey improves as many expect his days of being overlooked and not mentioned as a premiere defensive tackle will be a thing of the past. And if the Titans are fortunate enough add a play-maker to the defensive line via free agency or the NFL Draft to cut down on the double teams, Casey will be a lock to be sipping mojitos celebrating his first of many Pro Bowl selections in Hawaii.

Anthony Denmark is a Tennessee Titans writer for Rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter@eatdrkslpsprtz2, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.