Jonathan Massaquoi looks worthy of being claimed by Titans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Jonathan Massaquoi, the outside linebacker claimed by the Tennessee Titans off waivers from the Atlanta Falcons, might be more than a longshot contributor for Tennessee.

He began the 2014 season as a starter for the Falcons but only started twice before playing in 13 of the team’s remaining 14 games as a reserve.

Listed at 6-foot-3, 264 pounds last season, Massaquoi was a fifth-round draft pick out of Troy in 2012. In 40 career games and seven starts, he's recorded six sacks and three passes defended.

Pro Football Focus ranked him No. 23 of 59 4-3 defensive ends, with a positive pass-rush rating and a negative run-defense mark.

ESPN.com’s Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure wrote that a carefree attitude cost Massaquoi standing with the franchise.

Massaquoi has talent. He showed flashes of it last season, particularly in games against the Chicago Bears and Baltimore Ravens. But he rubbed some folks the wrong way with his carefree approach.

One member of the previous staff said Massaquoi was in the doghouse because he skipped treatments on the right foot he injured during a game against the Detroit Lions in London. Massaquoi was tabbed a "good kid who made some poor decisions and needs some structure."

A coach from the fired Falcons staff told McClure that Massaquoi is a “good kid.”

“Needs structure,” the coach said. “Makes some poor decisions at times, but what kid doesn't?”