After creating some buzz during training camp and the preseason in 2019, Tennessee Titans outside linebacker Derick Roberson remained quiet for much of the regular season.
The UDFA out of Sam Houston State, who led the FCS in sacks during his final college year, didn’t see any defensive snaps until Week 16 — and he certainly made the most of them.
Roberson went on to sack Drew Brees twice in the loss to the New Orleans Saints, and then he followed that up with a one-sack effort in Week 17 against the Houston Texans.
While he failed to record a sack in the Titans’ three postseason games, the fact that he saw snaps in each contest (12, 31, 22) shows that he had earned the trust of the coaching staff.
Outside linebackers coach Shane Bowen believes Roberson can be an asset on third downs for the Titans in 2020, although he also says that Roberson needs work in the run game to earn more snaps, per Jim Wyatt of Titans Online.