NASHVILLE – Titans defensive lineman Larrell Murchison made strides in his first NFL season.
In Year 2, he aims to be even more of a difference maker.
He's used the offseason to improve, and to get stronger.
"The first year, it was an eye-opener," said Murchison, a fifth-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. "You see a lot of different things you haven't experienced before. But being around a good team with veteran leaders, it went well as far as learning different things and soaking up things from the other guys.
"My mindset now is just to continue to prepare, to put in the work, and to find a role and try and sharpen every aspect of my game."
A 6-foot-2, 297-pounder, Murchison played in 10 games for the Titans in 2020. He was credited with five tackles, including a tackle for a loss.
In his final season at N.C. State, Murchison was an All-ACC performer. He amassed 11 sacks and 20 tackles for loss in his two seasons with the Wolfpack.
Titans defensive line coach Terrell Williams said he's noticed improvement from Murchison this offseason.
"Just getting bigger and stronger in the weight room (is key)," said Williams, "and just learning the technique the best he can. He (has been) doing really good in those individual drills, and I am looking forward to see what he looks like when we put pads on in training camp."
Murchison said he's learned from fellow defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons, and he's excited about the additions of defensive lineman Denico Autry and edge rusher Bud Dupree, which should help the defense.
And yes, he feels a lot stronger heading into Year 2.
"I just want to improve my overall game," he said. "I liked some of the stuff I did on first and second down, but it's about improving in every aspect. I know I have to be better in the pass rush, and run downs.
"It's been great building relationships with my teammates. I just want to improve in everything, and find a role in this defense and embrace it."