Originally posted on Total Titans  |  Last updated 7/25/12
I noted earlier in the offseason I wanted to take a more in-depth look at the play of linebacker Akeem Ayers. This was for a couple reasons.First, he's a traditional strongside linebacker. I've had NFL Sunday Ticket only since 2006, and in that time the Titans had never really employed a true strongside linebacker. I know some about the position, of course, but following a player and his career progression on a team you follow obsessively gives a different perspective.Second, he's an interesting player. The Titans got him early in the second round, and a number of draft evaluations I read had him slated to go higher than that. His physical talent is fairly obvious, but at the same time, his production rarely matched that talent. How could he translate his game to the NFL?Third, well, I saw him make some rookie mistakes, but the sort that you have to pay attention to why, not just what, to realize. Looking at his play in more detail made me think studying him might be a useful, in ad...
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