Griffin an emerging star on Titans defense

Sep 12, 2010; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans safety Michael Griffin (33) reacts during the game against the Oakland Raiders at LP Field. Photo via Newscom

http://view.picapp.com//JavaScripts/OTIjs.jsThree weeks into the 2010 NFL season, free safety Michael Griffin has been an impact player for the Tennessee Titans. So far, Griffin is rebounding from a subpar season in 2009 during which he battled injuries and made critical mistakes in pass coverage.

Expectations were high when Griffin was drafted 19th overall by the Titans in 2007. Tennessee was looking for a replacement for trouble cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones and projected Griffin as a possible replacement. The emergence of cornerback Cortland Finnegan allowed the Titans to play Griffin at free safety.

Griffin, who earned a trip to the Pro Bowl following the 2008 season, is currently tied for 5th in the NFL with 24 solo tackles.

Griffin also plays on special teams. He made a play during the Titans-Giants contest which may have been the turning point of the game.

With 12:23 remaining in the third quarter, Griffin downed a Brett Kern punt at the Giants 1-yard line. During the next series, Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw was penalized for chop blocking Tony Brown. Tennessee was awarded a safety. The Titans took possession, and Vince Young led his team on a touchdown drive which gave the Titans a 19-10 advantage.

If Griffin can remain injury-free, he may earn another trip to the Pro Bowl and force the media to find a new moniker for Tennessee’s no-name defense.

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