NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Welcome to the wondrous holiday weekend. I hope you've got giant, or lazy, plans ahead.

Here's some Titans' reading for you along the way. Thanks for the contributions. Tweet them to me using #PKMail or post on my public Facebook page.

I'm hoping for no rain to preserve three days of 11-year old baseball to see some hitting lessons put into practice and then to get some pool time after some games.

Titans' Running Back Derrick Henry Vs. Detroit Lions

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – For the bulk of his time in the NFL, Kevin Byard has been really good as a free safety.

Sure, it’s entailed time in the box and plenty of plays stepping up to stop the run. The 2017 First-Team All-Pro and Pro Bowler is a versatile player.

He’s coming off his worst year and a terrible team defensive season, one during which the Titans deployed him and Kenny Vaccaro/ Amani Hooker as left and right safeties far more often than they did in prior years.

Byard was on the left side of the field a lot, though matchups, formations and calls could change things. Sometimes, of course, being on the left side and being the free safety were not mutually exclusive.

Tennessee Titans Safety Kevin Byard

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What’s ahead for Byard in his sixth season?

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans had a lot to sort through in the offseason. There was a bit of a turnstile for the defensive roster because the unit was so bad in 2020, and some keep pieces moving in and out because that side of the ball was quite good a year ago.

They also signed Matthias Farley and Ola Odeniyi expecting premium special team contributors and three draft picks who will be looked to on those units– Monty Rice, Racey McMath and Brady Breeze – with Breeze no lock for the roster.

Tennessee Titans Kicker Tucker McCann

Tucker McCann pool photo: George Walker, The Tennessean

Morgan Cox is the new long-snapper.

But for the third offseason in a row, the franchise has been utterly nonchalant about kicker.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans' best front four has been reformulated, and there is cause for optimism about Bud Dupree, Jeffery Simmons, Denico Autry and Harold Landry as a group.

But as with Jonnu Smith, the Titans didn’t make a move to replace DaQuan Jones, who played a lot of snaps on the defensive line over his seven years with the franchise.

Teair Tart, Nose Tackle Tennssee Titans

I think you’ll be surprised at just how often the Titans had three linemen on the field in 2020.

Even if they are in nickel more often or if their front multiplicity leads to less use of three-linemen, there are snaps to be filled.  The candidates to take them are either inexperienced or unproven or were on the street not long ago.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – He plays a problem position for the Titans, where their record of developing players is poor.

So Harold Landry is at a crossroads as his fourth NFL season approaches.

Harold Landry vs. Detroit Lions

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As a second-round rookie out of Boston College in 2018, he had a couple of true pros to model his game after in Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan.

Since then, he’s been part of a thin position and while he’s tracked upwards, he’s not become a standout pass rusher.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Greetings and welcome to an overdue edition of the mailbag. Good to hear from some of you.

I'm always open to your questions and will stockpile the good ones for the next time I answer, so hit me on Twitter or the public Facebook page

Tennessee Titans Wide Receivers Offensive Drills

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