A day after signing three players on the first day of the new league year, the Titans showed they were even more determined to make a splash in free agency by inking three more players, defensive tackle Sammie Lee Hill, running back Shonn Greene, and linebacker Moise Fokou.
As I noted in yesterday's post, Sammie Lee Hill is a guy I need to get smarter on. The Titans had declared this offseason they were interested in adding bulk, and listed at 6'4", 329 pounds, he's definitely their biggest defensive lineman by a wide margin. I suspect his primary role is to be a nose tackle on early downs and a good run-stuffer. He started 12 games as a rookie, but as the Lions have added bodies to the defensive line has six starts over the past three years. Expect that total to rise with no Ndamukong Suh in front of him. He played about 40% of the snaps for the Lions last year, and in a modest sample size posted the best run stop rate of any Lions defensive lineman. I noted in Enemy Intelligence before this year's game that he was "better than you think." His deal is reported to be for $11.4 million over three years, with $4 million guaranteed, or your standard early free agency overpayment by about 30%.
Shonn Greene was another player that I discussed briefly in yesterday's post and showed up in Enemy Intelligence this year. Before that game, I noted that early in 2012 I thought Greene was the worst starting running back in the NFL, which pretty much matched his 2010 and 2011 form after a nice playoff run as a rookie. The second half of 2012, he played better though. Even the better version of Greene isn't much to write home about. He's a between the tackles runner without much burst or speed, though he showed some very small signs of elusiveness.no comments