With the majority of free agents now off the market, Pro Football Focus graded several of the signings, including three by the Tennessee Titans.
PFF broke down the signings into elite, very good, above average, average, below average and poor.
According to PFF, the Titans had a “very good” signing, an “above average” signing and a “below average” signing.
Here’s how the Titans’ signings were broke down by PFF.
Cam Wake — Edge
How long can Cameron Wake continue to be an effective pass-rusher in the NFL despite his advancing years? Well, until his performance drops off, deals like this are always going to be good value. Wake registered a sack, hit or hurry once every 5.8 pass-rushing snaps in 2018 and finished the year with a PFF pass-rushing grade of 81.1, the 11th-highest at the position. Getting a high-quality veteran pass-rusher for less than $8M per year is nice business for Tennessee.
Roger Saffold — Offensive Guard
Saffold was one of the top offensive linemen available in free agency this year, and his addition at least on paper gives the Titans one of the top offensive lines in the league. The fact that his 72.6 pass-blocking grade in 2018 was his second-lowest in the past seven seasons speaks to how consistent he is in the discipline. In four playoff games over the past two seasons, he did not surrender a single sack or hit.
Adam Humphries — Wide Receiver
Adam Humphries had a career year in 2018, posting an offensive grade of 75.2 and he is a reliable target out of the slot, catching 92.4% of catchable passes thrown his way for a 93.3 passer rating when targeted over his four-year career. However, this is a lot of money given to a player who’s average depth of target in 2018 was just 6.2 yards downfield and gained just 1.51 yards per route run.
Two of these grades surprised me. I figured Wake would be graded a little lower, simply because of his age and the fact that he’s mostly viewed as a passing down only player at this point in his career. Wake still has a lot left in the tank for someone who turned 37 in January, but it seems very unlikely he’ll be productive at a high level at 39 (the age his contract runs through). I don’t hate the signing at all by the Titans — Wake is a solid player. But it’s not my favorite signing by Jon Robinson this off-season (that would probably be the Saffold signing, which I think PFF graded appropriately).
Grading the Humphries deal as “below average” was an interesting decision by PFF. Humphries was one of the most sought after wide receivers in free agency. By their own admission, he’s a reliable target who catches almost everything that comes his way. PFF’s reasoning for grading the signing as below average was Humphries’ average depth of target in 2018 (6.2 yards). I think that says more about how Tampa Bay used Humphries more than it says about his actual abilities.
I think Tennessee’s overall free agency grade should be “above average”. Robinson, for a second straight off-season, made the team better on paper. That’s about as much as fans can hope for at this point of the off-season.
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