Nevertheless, after watching the Tennessee Titans offensive line struggle in Cleveland one image keeps replaying in my head.
It’s a clip of Mathis that posted on Instagram on July 25. If he was doing that then, I can imagine what he will be doing Sunday at Nissan Stadium, particularly in chances he gets against Titans rookie right tackle Jeremiah Poutasi.
“It’s very deadly,” Poutasi said of Mathis’ spin. “Well known around the league. He’s a great player, but he’s not the only one I’ve got to worry about. Their whole linebacker corps is very strong.”
Mathis played only 13 snaps against the Jets and had one tackle and one quarterback hit. He’s listed on the team’s unofficial depth chart as the team’s third rush linebacker, behind Trent Cole and Jonathan Newsome.
I’ll believe he’s no longer a major danger when I see it for myself.
Poutasi said a lot of his mistakes against the Browns were self-inflicted and correctable. He knows he’s going through a process that will take time but is working to be patient -- with the overall timetable and on each snap, over-eagerness can get him into trouble.
The Titans top pass rusher, outside linebacker Brian Orakpo, said Mathis' spin move ranks as one of the best pass rush moves in the NFL.
“That’s up there, that’s top three for sure,” Orakpo said. “His spin move is going to be something to look for. I don’t know how far he is with how his body is feeling. He’s been very effective with it.
"[Poutasi is] going to have to prepare for it and we’re going to have to give it to him in practice. Hopefully our look team can copy his move and make sure he gets used to it and get low, make sure he doesn’t give so much leverage on the outside because you know he’s going to come back in with that spin if he’s going to be effective and use it come Sunday.”