Titans DL DaQuan Jones is now a starter at defensive end

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- DaQuan Jones started the final game of the 2014 season at defensive end.

It turns out it was his graduation into the spot for the Tennessee Titans.

“He’s a starter at end, it’s what we project,” coach Ken Whisenhunt said. “In the last game against Indianapolis, Jones played really well.”

Jones was a fourth-round pick out of Penn State last season and the Titans like that he can play both end and nose tackle as well as defensive tackle in the nickel.

But he only played in seven games last year, often a healthy scratch.

He said he was told of his expanded role when the offseason program began.

“It kind of got sprung on us when we came in here,” he said. “I kind of got wind of it, but I didn’t believe it until I saw it on the board and I saw it on the board the first day of meetings, that’s when I really believed it.”

The move puts Jones opposite Jurrell Casey and moves Ropati Pitoitua out of the starting 11.

Pitoitua was pretty good in 2013 when he played on a one-year contract. He earned himself a three-year deal.

But the Titans' run defense struggled last year, yielding 137.2 yards a game, and he was part of the issue.

He won't disappear.

“Ropati’s in there,” Whisenhunt said. “He’s going to play.”