NASHVILLE – Derick Roberson got a taste of the NFL during his rookie season in 2019, and the Titans got a further peek into his potential.
Despite playing in just three regular season games – and 29 defensive snaps – the undrafted rookie edge rusher got himself noticed.
In the team’s Week 16 contest against the Saints, Roberson twice sacked quarterback Drew Brees. In doing so, he became the first Titans rookie with two or more sacks in a game since linebacker Avery Williamson accomplished the feat as a rookie against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2014.
Roberson, who spent 10 weeks on the practice squad earlier in the year and three more weeks as an inactive on Sundays, followed that up with a sack the following week at Houston.
His final stat line: three sacks in three regular season games. Not bad, huh?
Now the Titans hope they can get even more out of Sam Houston State product moving forward.
“Roby from the gate flashed some ability to rush the passer,” Titans outside linebackers coach Shane Bowen said. “I think the main thing with him right now … (is) consistency, and ultimately just development. Being a first-, second-down player, the run game, some of that type of stuff, taking the next step there has been what’s held him back a little bit in terms of that playtime, but he definitely has value on third down in passing situations.”