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2021 NFL Power Rankings: Tennessee Titans

Throughout the 2021 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Tennessee Titans rank in terms of average, best and worst:

Below you will find a Week 1 roundup for the Titans in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 9

Person on the hot seat: OLB Harold Landry III

The Titans expected last season to be a breakout year for Landry after he finished with nine sacks in 2019. Landry worked to add a complementary move to his speed rush, but it didn't get results and his production decreased to 5.5 sacks. New outside linebackers coach Ryan Crow isn't allowing Landry to use his patented speed rush in camp, which is challenging him to develop another way to get to the QB. This is a contract year for Landry, so he needs to prove himself worthy of an extension. -- Turron Davenport

NFL.com -- Rank: 11

A subpar defense has kept the Titans from a Super Bowl run in the past two seasons, but there's reason to believe the team finally improved in that area. Tennessee signed Bud Dupree and Janoris Jenkins in free agency and used the draft to add cornerbacks Caleb Farley and Elijah Molden. The offense lost coordinator Arthur Smith, tight end Jonnu Smith and wide receiver Corey Davis, but gained a future Hall of Famer in Julio Jones. Will Ryan Tannehill be the same with Todd Downing calling plays? Can Derrick Henry produce another monster season? Is Jones still a superstar? There are questions in Nashville, but the Titans' continued residence in the AFC South gives them a long rope to figure out the answers.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 10

They should score a lot with all the weapons, including Derrick Henry and Julio Jones, so it's all about the defense for this group. They were dreadful last season, so any improvement should give them a division title.

USA Today -- Rank: 7

Good luck finding a better quartet of offensive skill players than QB Ryan Tannehill, RB Derrick Henry and WRs Julio Jones and A.J. Brown. But with questions about the defense lingering, Tennessee may need to continue scoring 30+ points a game to succeed.

The Athletic -- Rank: 10

Why they're ranked here: Our voters clearly believe the Titans belong in the top half of the NFL, but there's little agreement about where, with votes ranging from No. 5 to No. 16. The variance is understandable, given the change to the offensive coaching staff, changes to offensive personnel and massive defensive turnover. It could certainly be argued that after finishing near the bottom of the NFL in most defensive categories, massive change was necessary in that area.

One big question: Will the Titans be better defensively? The offensive questions are real, but at least the Titans are loaded with proven talent on that side of the ball. Defensively, there are plenty of questions that haven't been answered. That's particularly true on the pass rush: Bud Dupree, one of the team's top free-agent additions, has yet to play as he recovers from a 2020 knee injury (the expectation is he'll debut in Week 1). Harold Landry also recently spent time on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

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