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Tennessee Titans Offensive Player Grades & Takeaways From Week 9 Loss to Pittsburgh Steelers

The Tennessee Titans' offense was up and down against a tough Pittsburgh Steelers' defense. The player grades from the offense show some interesting things, especially on the offensive line.

The Tennessee Titans were expected to struggle with the talented Pittsburgh Steelers defense and that is exactly what happened. The majority of the trouble came from the offensive line, but one of the most interest things from the player grades was a positive performance from a lineman.

Let's take a look at the top five overall grades and some of the grades that stood out in Week 9 on the offensive side of the ball. Players grades are courtesy of Pro Football Focus.

Top Five Overall Grades

WR Kyle Philips - 90.7 Overall Grade

RB Derrick Henry - 77.2 Overall Grade

OT Dillon Radunz - 76.0 Overall Grade

DeAndre Hopkins - 70.6 Overall Grade

RB Tyjae Spears - 64.5 Overall Grade 

Playing with Will Levis seemed to finally get second-year receiver Kyle Philips going. It was Philips' best game since his rookie debut in 2022. Philips caught four passes for 68 yards, both of which were team highs. 

The big note here needs to be about Dillon Radunz. Radunz has struggled to see the field for the Titans whether healthy or not. Through nearly three seasons, it seems every time Radunz does get a chance to play, he plays well. At minimum, he looks to play better than Andre Dillard or Nicholas Petit-Frere.

Radunz has been used more as a guard than a tackle as a Titan, but he got to play his natural position of tackle for 58 snaps and led the offensive line as the highest-graded upfront. Radunz allowed zero sacks and only three pressures. His 82.8 grade in run blocking also topped the team. He is clearly one of the best five blockers on the team.

Standout Grades

OT Andre Dillard - 54.6 Pass Blocking Grade

OT Nicholas Petit-Frere - 14.0 Pass Blocking Grade 

The Titans simply haven't gotten good enough play from their offensive tackles. Petit-Frere only had ten pass-blocking snaps, but gave up a sack and seven pressure. Again, in ten chances. Dillard played 47 pass-blocking snaps and gave up a sack and seven pressures. Tough to win like that.

QB Will Levis - 50.8 Overall Grade

DT Jeffery Simmons - 60.0 Overall Grade

Levis had some incredible throws and moments, but there were plenty of turnover-worthy plays in there as well. The grade is fitting for the mixed performance. Simmons played one snap and was used as a blocker on the Derrick Henry touchdown. The All-Pro defensive tackle deserves a shout out.

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