O-Line In Good Shape Entering 2017
Projecting the starting five for the Tennessee Titans O-line in 2017 is an easy one. All five starters return and are healthy.
It’s the backup three to four players who offer the intriguing element to this position group.
How well this group preform this season will decide the fate of this team. Can they repeat last seasons effort, do they improve upon it or do they take a step back.
Chemistry is certainly there as shown by the O-line , beer chugging, catfish throwing antics during the Nashville Predators Stanley Cup run. They are a tight nit group and seem to enjoy each other- as does the majority of the roster- at this point.
O-Line Starting Five
Left tackle- Taylor Lewan is one of the two unquestioned leaders of this unit. Big, strong, physical and nasty describe Lewan and earning his first Pro-Bowl last season has him among the best tackles in the game.
Left guard- Quinton Spain has gone from undrafted to stalwart on this line. He isn’t necessarily a standout to the naked eye but he shows up on film and gets the job done.
Center- Ben Jones, who along with Lewan are the leaders of the o-line. Jones is a fun loving business man on the field. He too has a nasty streak and the group follows his lead.
Right guard- Josh Kline enters his second season with the Titans and stepped in for the injured Chance Warmack- now with the Eagles- and filled the role perfectly in helping the Titans line become one of the best in the NFL.
Right tackle- Jack Conklin made the most of his rookie season and established himself as a Pro-Bowl caliber tackle. He has areas for improvement, but the work ethic and desire are there.
The Rest Of The O-Line
The Titans will most likely carry eight offensive linemen into the season, and the three backups could be contested in camp.
We see the three winners like this.
Dennis Kelly should hold serve and be the swing tackle/guard/ He filled in admirably for Lewan at left tackle in a well documented game last season and earned his spot.
Tim Lelito will be the center/guard backup and is a solid player capable of spot duty at either position.
Rookie tackle Brad Seaton fills the final spot. He is a massive (6’8″ 311) guy who moves well for his size. He showed a nasty streak of his own in mini-camp.
Projecting the o-linemen who will make the practice squad is a bit tougher, but here is our guess at three.
Josue Matias, Corey Levin and Sebastian Tretola.
Tretola has some potential legal issues but should be able to keep a squad spot this season.