Vic Beasley’s absence is the biggest mystery as Titans open camp

By John Glennon

After a fourth straight winning season and an impressive run to the AFC Championship, the Titans didn't enter this offseason with a lengthy list of holes to fill in free agency.

One area the team did need to see improvement? Rushing the passer, as the Titans produced sacks on just 6.3 percent of opponents' passing plays in 2019, which ranked 20th in the NFL.

Hence the somewhat controversial addition of edge rusher Vic Beasley, who signed a one-year, $9.5 million deal in March and was penciled into the starting lineup on the other side of Harold Landry.

The hope was that the Titans were getting the really good Beasley, a former first-round pick who piled up 15.5 sacks and earned All-Pro honors in 2016. The concern was that the Titans were getting the inconsistent version of Beasley, a player who managed five sacks in each of 2017 and 2018 before a late flourish led to eight last season. Given the chance to re-sign Beasley after four seasons in Atlanta, the Falcons made the somewhat unusual move of announcing on Twitter – in early February – that they wouldn't be pursuing a new deal with him.

More than four months after putting pen to paper for the Titans, Beasley isn't giving fans much of a warm-and-fuzzy feeling about what he'll contribute here. It . . .

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