Titans head coach Mike Vrabel on Monday discussed the team’s most recent additions on defense – defensive lineman Bennie Logan and linebacker Will Compton.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans have added three players on defense in free agency, and all three are expected to compete for big roles this fall.
Former Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler came first, and he’s expected to work alongside returning cornerbacks Logan Ryan and Adoree’ Jackson in the secondary in 2018. Where they’ll line up on Sundays remains to be seen.
On Monday, Titans coach Mike Vrabel discussed both players for the first time.
“He’s stout, he’s strong, (a) no-nonsense guy,” Vrabel said of Logan, a 6-foot-2, 315-pounder who has played in 74 career games in his five-year NFL career, including 63 starts. Logan tallied 52 tackles and 1.5 sacks for the Chiefs last season in 15 games, including 12 starts.
“Got that impression from him early on in a visit, that this is a guy that (GM) Jon (Robinson) and I felt really good about joining our team,” Vrabel continued, discussing Logan. “What he’s about, what his makeup is, the type of player that he is, he’s physical, and he’s a good guy. He’ll be a great teammate.”
Logan adds a big body on the team’s defensive front, especially inside. He’s known for being a run-stuffer in the trenches. In fact, over his five seasons in the NFL, he ranks ninth among defensive linemen in “stuffs” (a tackle for loss on a rushing attempt) with 31, according to STATS, Inc. Prior to joining the Chiefs last season, Logan played four seasons with the Eagles.
As for Compton, he slides into the mix where he’ll compete for a starting spot as well. After Avery Williamson signed with the Jets in free agency, a spot is there to be had alongside veteran Wesley Woodyard, and Compton has the experience. But linebackers Jayon Brown, Daren Bates and Nate Palmer will compete inside as well.
The Titans could also draft an inside linebacker in the draft. And adding more beef on the defensive line can’t be ruled out either.
“He was a guy that has played, has started in games, and started in the NFL,” Vrabel said of Compton, a 6-1, 235-pounder who has played in 57 games, with 33 starts, during his five-year NFL career.
Compton was a full-time starter for the Redskins in 2015 and 2016. He started 15 games in 2016, and racked up 106 tackles, five passes defensed, two fumble recoveries and an interception. He tallied 96 tackles, a sack, an interception and a fumble recovery while playing in all 16 games in 2015, while making 10 starts.Compton played in nine games, with three starts, in 2017, when he suffered a separated shoulder early in the season, and a Lisfranc sprain later in the year. He was placed on Injured Reserve. Compton collected 19 tackles, three passes defensed and an interception last season before ending the year on IR.
“(Compton) has made tackles, has tackled (starting) running backs, has led a defense, is a line of defense, made calls, made checks. So, we liked that from Will. Again, I think a great addition to our team as a teammate, who he is. He loves football, and we were excited about being able to get him and make him part of our team. But, he’ll compete like the rest of those guys at inside linebacker.”
Vrabel made it clear it’s way too early to talk about starting jobs.
It’s April, and there’s plenty to be determined. The NFL Draft is just over two weeks away.
“We really haven’t even talked about a depth chart,” he said. “I think they all understand that we’re going to try to – Jon and I – we’re going to try to provide competition at every position within the roster. We’re also expecting them to compete, in the classroom to learn, to compete on the field. Whether that’s running, whether that’s lifting – they’re pro football players, they’re pro athletes. They understand that there’s a competitive spirit that needs to be in each and every one of us for us to reach our full potential.”