The Titans season obviously didn’t end the way fans wanted it to. The team fell one game short of returning to the playoffs for the second consecutive year. However, there were some great performances and breakout stars that developed throughout the year. The FPC Titans staff went around the room to figure out who the MVP was for Tennessee during the year.
Logan Ryan, Cornerback
Defensively, you won’t find anyone more consistent than Logan Ryan. When he signed with the Titans after the 2016 season, he wasn’t seen as a big-name signing. Many people may not have even noticed him during most games, he hasn’t had an interception since he signed in Tennessee. However, not noticing a cornerback may be the best thing for them. Ryan locked down slot receivers all season long before he was injured in Week 15.
Malcolm Butler and Adoree Jackson may have had more highlight plays, but Ryan was the best corner on the field. I almost gave my MVP vote to Kevin Byard, but Ryan deserves some credit for the way he has played. He had 4 sacks and only gave up one big play on the year when he was beat deep by Chargers’ receiver Tyrell Williams. Butler and Jackson had bad plays throughout the year, but all we saw from Logan Ryan was good, consistent cornerback play.
Jayon Brown, Inside Linebacker
Jurrell Casey, Defensive End
The Titans 2018 MVP is a simple choice for me. It has to be Jurrell Casey. He has been the heart and soul of this defense for multiple years now — a constant force to be reckoned with on the defensive line. Anytime you have a player on the defensive line that has to be game planned for, it’s a plus. Jurrell Casey started in 15 games last year, providing 62 tackles, seven sacks, two forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery.
Seven sacks were Jurrell’s highest since 2015, and second most of his career. 62 tackles were only six off of his career high set back in 2014. Casey consistently set the tone for this Tennessee defense. Having a force like Casey on the line is something all coaches aspire to have. The Titans didn’t get as much pressure as they would’ve liked last season, but having Casey in there is the real reason they got any at all. There were other options for the Titans team MVP, but no one means as much to the Titans as Jurrell Casey. #TitanUp
Derrick Henry, Running Back
Looking at everything that transpired this season, Derrick Henry has to be the Titans MVP in 2018. Henry was appearing to be phased out of the offense after struggling early. Dion Lewis appeared to be a better fit for what Matt LaFleur was wanting to do. Lewis also appeared to mentally grasp the offense better than Henry.