Coming out of the bye week, the Tennessee Titans were looking for a bigger spark in their offense. This was a group coming off of a 12 point performance against the Cleveland Browns. While some of that spark has come from first round rookie at wide receiver Corey Davis, a surprising revelation over the past two games has been the usage of first rookie cornerback Adoree’ Jackson on offense.
Jackson was a track athlete and a multi purpose weapon at USC. Jackson had six offensive touchdowns, four return touchdowns and two defensive touchdowns in college. In Week Nine, the Titans decided to give him one shot against the Baltimore Ravens on offense. He ran a counter, the defense had got caught looking and off Jackson went for a 20 yard run.
However, that was his only offensive snap of the game. In Week 10, the Titans began to install him more into the play book. He opened up the offense in a major way, despite playing just seven snaps. First, the Titans motioned him out of the backfield to a wide receiver spot behind the line of scrimmage. Cornerback Adam Jones pays him no mind and attacks Marcus Mariota, leaving Jackson wide open. Mariota dishes a toss out to Jackson who turns up for 13 yards.
Later, we see the value of that play. The Titans run it again, motioning Jackson outside. This time, the linebacker and cornerback respect Jackson, and Mariota is able to exploit that with his legs for a 28 yard run.
Lastly, after seeing Jackson burst up the middle against Baltimore, here he stretches to the outside, and knows when to cut up field for a 20 yard run.
Jackson has become a weapon and a matchup nightmare for teams. There is little tape on him on offense. Teams are going to have to adjust to new formations on the fly.
The Steelers are going to have a limited time to prepare for this formation, and the Titans are going to have a chance to exploit this matchup. The speed of a player like Ryan Shazier could be what is able to stop this attack. However, Shazier has to maintain his discipline, whoever, he is responsible for. Shazier is a player known for over pursuing and over committing on plays. It leads to turnovers, but can lead to big plays allowed like we saw above as impacted by the ambiguity of Adoree’ Jackson.