The Titans desperately needed another cornerback to take their secondary to a championship level. Instead of adding a cheap veteran, they shelled out big money for former Patriots standout Malcolm Butler. Butler and Adoree’ Jackson could make a dynamite pairing on the outside for Tennessee based on their 2017 efforts.
Pro Football Focus posted a graphic on Twitter that indicated how much of a nightmare Jackson and Butler can be.
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Butler had a down year in 2017, but still managed to finish No. 13 in passes defended according to PFF. Jackson had an up-and-down rookie year, but still finished No. 2 in that stat. It stands to reason both guys get better in 2018.
It was a strange 2017 campaign for Butler. He had a hard time locating balls in the air and lost one-on-one battles that he won through 2015 and 2016. He’s a ferocious competitor who finds ways to turn on his closing speed as the receiver slows down to haul in a pass. That allows Butler to get a hand in and knock the throw down.
Jackson’s rookie year started slow, but he got better as the year went on. He uses his outstanding athleticism to fly in and get a hand on throws. There was a worry that Jackson’s size might keep him from getting through to defend passes against bigger receivers, but that didn’t prove to be much of an issue for him in Year 1.
If Butler can get back to Pro Bowl form, and Jackson can build on the significant improvements he made throughout last season, the Titans could wind up with one of the NFL’s best corner duos.