Leroy Harris is now in his sixth season with the Titans and the NFL. He follows in the footsteps of many Titans lineman that came before him, in that he was a later round pick (4’th) that was developed in his first years with the team who eventually worked to gain a starting position on the line. For the last two seasons, he has been a full-time starter next to Michael Roos. That was before the signing of Steve Hutchinson.
Any player with a resume like that of Hutchinson has earned the right to maintain their position when coming to a new team. While he may not be in the prime of his career, he is still a great player in and of himself, and by far the best option at guard currently on the roster. Because of this, Leroy Harris has officially been asked by coach Mike Munchak to switch to the right side.
Not everyone realizes the slight-to-moderate difficulty that comes with switching sides. The most difficult transition is applying the muscle memory of playing one side of the line to the other. In playing left guard, the left side of the body is responsible for maintaining proper footwork, while the right side becomes the dominant force in the upper body, especially during running plays. Players that switch sides have to retrain their body to do the exact opposite of what it had for years prior.
Making things even more difficult for Harris is the fact that fellow guard Fernando Velasco is pushing Harris for the starting job. The two are similar in stature and tangibles, and Velasco has been said to be healthy, and absorbing the playbook at a consistent level. Harris struggled last year, and there is no denying that this will be a make-or-break year for him, and his future with the Tennessee Titans.
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