Ayers has been rehabbing from two knee surgeries he had this offseason, but said last week marked the first time that he’s been able to run this offseason. Ayers joined QB
“It’s a lot different. The scheme is a totally different scheme,” Ayers said. “(We’re) adjusting and figuring out where everyone is going to play. That’s been a huge difference as well, but I believe it’s going to be a defense that’s going to be a lot better. We’ve got athletes, so it’s just us adjusting to it and learning all the new terminology and different techniques.
The Titans are wrapping up the final week of Phase II of their offseason workout program, which allows players to work with coaches among their position groups but no team sessions. Tennessee is scheduled to begin organized team activity practices May 27. Teams are allowed to hold 10 of those practices in the weeks that lead up to a mandatory minicamp (June 17-19).
Ayers said he has been paying close attention during meetings and hopes to be fully recovered by the start of training camp at the end of July.
Ayers has started 44 of all 48 games he’s played since his selection in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He’s primarily played strongside linebacker in a 4-3 alignment but has also practiced with pass rushers and gone after quarterbacks in games. Ayers likely will play a significant amount of his snaps as an outside linebacker when Tennessee is in its 3-4 alignment this fall.
Ayers said the combination of additions and the new scheme should bode well for the Titans in 2014.
“I think we got some good pickups,” Ayers said. “We had a lot of pieces to the puzzle the previous year, and with some of the guys we picked up, I really feel like that can get us over the hump.”