Friday, April 29, 2011
Ayers gives Titans needed size at LB
By Paul Kuharsky
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Titans wanted to get bigger at linebacker, and second-round pick Akeem Ayers gives them both size and play-making ability.
Tennessee’s starting linebackers produced one forced fumble last season. Ayers had seven in his career as a UCLA Bruin. At 255, he’s 15 pounds heavier than Will Witherspoon and Stephen Tulloch, the heaviest of the incumbent starters.
Tulloch could be a free agent, and Witherspoon could shift to the middle to make room for Ayers in the starting lineup.
Looks like an upgrade to me for sure.
UPDATE: Defensive coordinator Jerry Gray said Ayers give the Titans a linebacker unlike any they had in Jeff Fisher's schemes. Ayers will often play at the line of scrimmage on a tight end, setting the edge on one side. He can also be up there as a defensive end.