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Daren Bates
LB #53
Height:
5-11
Weight:
225
Age:
26
College:
Auburn
Hometown:
Olive Branch, Miss
Experience:
5

Quick Stats (2016):

TCKL
12
SCK
0.0
FF
0
INT
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Biography

 
PRO: Daren Bates is an athletic linebacker that has excelled on special teams coverage units in his first four NFL seasons.  He joins the Titans after spending time with the St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders.  Bates, a former rookie free agent, will look to make his biggest impact as a core member of the Titans’ special teams units.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
• Bates registered back-to-back seasons (2014-2015) of double-digit special teams tackles as a member of the St. Louis Rams.

TITANS TIDBITS:  
• For the My Cause, My Cleats campaign in 2016, Bates wore specially designed cleats featuring the words “American Heart Association.”  Bates was raising awareness for the organization’s life-saving mission.  His mother, Weslyn Bates, was a heart transplant recipient and lived some wonderful years following her surgery.  She sadly passed away in 2015 at the age of 56.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS:  
• The Memphis, Tenn., native was originally signed by St. Louis Rams as an undrafted free agent on May 9, 2013.
• Signed by Oakland Raiders as a free agent on March 14, 2016.
• Signed by the Titans as an unrestricted free agent on March 11, 2017.

COLLEGE:
• Appeared in 49 games during his career at Auburn, totaling 316 tackles.  Registered six double-digit tackle games in his collegiate career.
• As a senior, appeared in 12 games and recorded 94 tackles, two sacks, an interception and a touchdown.
• As a junior, started all 13 games and led the team with 104 tackles.  Finished fourth in the SEC with eight tackles per game.  Notched five double-digit tackle efforts, including three in the last four games of the season.  Ranked third on team with 8.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks and nine quarterback hurries.
• Moved to linebacker as a sophomore after playing safety as a freshman in 2009 and appeared in 12 games with nine starts.  Ranked eighth on team with 48 tackles.
• As a freshman, started all 13 games at safety and totaled 70 tackles and one fumble recovery.
• Majored in philosophy at Auburn.

PERSONAL:  
• Attended Olive Branch (Miss.) High School for his final high school campaign.
• As a senior, collected 90 tackles, four interceptions and had nearly 900 yards of total offense.
• Named to MHSAA All-Region 1 Class-5A team.  Selected for the Commercial Appeal Shelby Metro All-Suburban team.
• Named BankPlus Player of the Week by the DeSoto Times following a 49-22 victory over Horn Lake in which he had 107 total yards and three touchdowns on offense and 10 tackles and one interception on defense.
• Played his freshman through junior years at Christian Brothers (Memphis, Tenn.) High School and was a two-time first-team Tennessee All-State safety.
• Follow Bates on Twitter at @DB_5trey.
• Follow Bates on Instagram at @weslynn_son56.
• Born Daren Weston Bates on Nov. 27, 1990 in Memphis, Tenn.
 
PRO: Daren Bates is an athletic linebacker that has excelled on special teams coverage units in his first four NFL seasons.  He joins the Titans after spending time with the St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders.  Bates, a former rookie free agent, will look to make his biggest impact as a core member of the Titans’ special teams units.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
• Bates registered back-to-back seasons (2014-2015) of double-digit special teams tackles as a member of the St. Louis Rams.

TITANS TIDBITS:  
• For the My Cause, My Cleats campaign in 2016, Bates wore specially designed cleats featuring the words “American Heart Association.”  Bates was raising awareness for the organization’s life-saving mission.  His mother, Weslyn Bates, was a heart transplant recipient and lived some wonderful years following her surgery.  She sadly passed away in 2015 at the age of 56.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS:  
• The Memphis, Tenn., native was originally signed by St. Louis Rams as an undrafted free agent on May 9, 2013.
• Signed by Oakland Raiders as a free agent on March 14, 2016.
• Signed by the Titans as an unrestricted free agent on March 11, 2017.

COLLEGE:
• Appeared in 49 games during his career at Auburn, totaling 316 tackles.  Registered six double-digit tackle games in his collegiate career.
• As a senior, appeared in 12 games and recorded 94 tackles, two sacks, an interception and a touchdown.
• As a junior, started all 13 games and led the team with 104 tackles.  Finished fourth in the SEC with eight tackles per game.  Notched five double-digit tackle efforts, including three in the last four games of the season.  Ranked third on team with 8.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks and nine quarterback hurries.
• Moved to linebacker as a sophomore after playing safety as a freshman in 2009 and appeared in 12 games with nine starts.  Ranked eighth on team with 48 tackles.
• As a freshman, started all 13 games at safety and totaled 70 tackles and one fumble recovery.
• Majored in philosophy at Auburn.

PERSONAL:  
• Attended Olive Branch (Miss.) High School for his final high school campaign.
• As a senior, collected 90 tackles, four interceptions and had nearly 900 yards of total offense.
• Named to MHSAA All-Region 1 Class-5A team.  Selected for the Commercial Appeal Shelby Metro All-Suburban team.
• Named BankPlus Player of the Week by the DeSoto Times following a 49-22 victory over Horn Lake in which he had 107 total yards and three touchdowns on offense and 10 tackles and one interception on defense.
• Played his freshman through junior years at Christian Brothers (Memphis, Tenn.) High School and was a two-time first-team Tennessee All-State safety.
• Follow Bates on Twitter at @DB_5trey.
• Follow Bates on Instagram at @weslynn_son56.
• Born Daren Weston Bates on Nov. 27, 1990 in Memphis, Tenn.
 
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 37 29 8 0.0 0 1 0 0 -- 0 0 0 2
2016 OAK 16 0 12 8 4 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2015 STL 15 0 10 7 3 0.0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 1
2014 STL 14 0 10 9 1 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2013 STL 15 0 5 5 0 0.0 0 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 1

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