Daren Bates

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Daren Bates
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Bates with the Tennessee Titans in 2018
No. 53 – Tennessee Titans
Position: Inside Linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1990-11-27) November 27, 1990 (age 27)
Memphis, Tennessee
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight: 225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school: Olive Branch
(Olive Branch, Mississippi)
College: Auburn
Undrafted: 2013
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 2, 2018
Total tackles: 46
Sacks: 0.0
Interceptions: 0
Forced fumbles: 0
Fumble recoveries: 2
Defensive touchdowns: 1
Player stats at NFL.com

Daren Bates (born November 27, 1990) is an American football linebacker for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Auburn University and was signed by the St. Louis Rams as an undrafted free agent in 2013. He has also played for the Oakland Raiders.

High school career[edit]

Bates played his freshman through junior year at Christian Brothers High School in Memphis, Tennessee. While there, Bates was a 2 time first team Tennessee All State safety. His senior year, Bates played at Olive Branch High School in Mississippi for coach Scott Samsel. He collected 90 tackles and four interceptions and had nearly 900 yards of total offense as a senior and was named MHSAA All-Region 1 Class 5A team.

College career[edit]

In 2009 Bates was tied for 39th in the SEC in tackles per game, with 5.4 tpg. In 2009, he started all 13 games at safety and totaled 70 tackles with 2.5 tackles for loss and one fumble recovery. In 2010, he appeared in 12 games with nine starts and was 8th on team with 48 tackles. Bates was made the Freshman All SEC team and also was a second team Freshman All American. Bates made his first collegiate start at linebacker in the season opener vs. Arkansas State after playing safety the previous years. In 2011 Bates started all 13 games and led the team with 104 tackles and was third on team with 8.5 tackles for loss (-30), 2.5 quarterback sacks (-15), and nine quarterback hurries. In 2012 Bates made 94 tackles (39) solo and 5.5 for losses he also batted away 4 passes and recovered 2 fumbles and intercepted a pass.

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
5 ft 11 in
(1.80 m)
210 lb
(95 kg)
4.53 s 1.65 s 2.68 s 4.53 s 7.28 s 33.5 in
(0.85 m)
9 ft 9 in
(2.97 m)
15 reps
All values from NFL Scouting Combine[1]

St. Louis Rams[edit]

Bates was signed by the St. Louis Rams as an undrafted free agent and made the final 53-man squad on September 1, 2013. He has been used primarily as a Special Teams player for the Rams providing a valuable contribution. On October 13, 2013 against the Houston Texans, Bates returned a fumbled kickoff return for a touchdown to score the first touchdown of his career.

In a December 21, 2014 game against the New York Giants, Bates leaped over the Giants' long snapper during a field goal attempt and blocked the kick, which was recovered by Will Herring for the Rams.[2]

On September 11, 2015 Bates was named one of the five captains for the 2015 season for the Rams, the first time in his career.[3]

Oakland Raiders[edit]

Bates with the Oakland Raiders in 2016

Bates signed with the Oakland Raiders on March 14, 2016.[4]

Tennessee Titans[edit]

On March 10, 2017, Bates signed a three-year, $6 million contract with the Tennessee Titans.[5]


  1. ^ "Daren Bates - Auburn, SS : 2013 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile". Retrieved 2013-09-05.
  2. ^ Sherman, Rodger (December 21, 2014). "Rams player jumps over line for awesome field goal block". SB Nation. Retrieved January 7, 2015.
  3. ^ Simmons, Myles (September 9, 2015). "Practice Report 9/9: Naming Captains and a Center". TheRams.com.
  4. ^ "Oakland Raiders Sign Linebacker Daren Bates". Raiders.com. March 14, 2016. Retrieved March 10, 2017.
  5. ^ Wyatt, Jim (March 10, 2017). "Titans Agree to Terms with Linebacker Daren Bates". TitansOnline.com.

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