The Tennessee Titans offense was crippled by injuries in 2012, giving both QB Jake Locker and RB Chris Johnson some trouble. Even before it completely fell apart with injuries, it was quite mediocre. OG Leroy Harris was a big part of that and has been for a while.
While Harris’ play hasn’t been the best, it’s not his only problem. In 2012, Harris made it a habit of being on the injury list. His knees seemed to be consistently bothering him. In the end, he tore his ACL and was placed on IR.
Before the season even started, it looked as if he were in competition with Fernando Velasco, who would end up replacing Eugene Amano at center after Amano was lost before preseason thanks to a torn tricep.
The Titans need to protect their two biggest investments in Jake Locker and Chris Johnson, and because of that, they need to break the mold they’ve had in the past and put some money into the heart of this offensive line. Harris’ play could easily be replicated, if not bettered, by that of Fernanado Velasco or even Deuce Lutui, should the titans see fit to bring him back.
The Titans will feel like they got enough out of Harris, but I don’t think they’ll see much more that they can get form him.
One thing’s certain: the Titans will be starting someone different at one of the guard positions, if not both, when the 2013 season comes rolling around. An inept Harris and an aged and injured Hutchinson just aren’t enough to pave a path for a Titans offense that needs to push the Titans back into the playoffs.
I know this. One has to hope the Titans know it too.
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