When I was thinking up a list of player who could replace Byron Bell on this roster, there wasn’t a guy that jumped out and screamed “must-sign”. However at this point in the season you sort of expect that great players/fits won’t just be waiting for the Tennessee Titans to call.
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Instead, here are three players that I think make the most sense if the Tennessee Titans are going to bring someone new in to camp.
Just a reminder first, but this is a list of players they should look at IF they are going to bring in someone new. I am not advocating this necessarily, but if they do bring someone in here is what I would look at.
Since Bell played both guard and tackle for the Titans, I included players from both positions.
Offensive tackle: Will Beatty
I picked Beatty because one of the best comparisons for where I think the Tennessee Titans want to go as a team, is the 2010 New York Giants. A physical football team who dominates with a good running game and defense.
Now the obvious difference is that Marcus Mariota looks like a much better decision maker than Eli Manning at this point and he is also much more valuable as a running threat. However, ground and pound is the first order of business in Tennessee.
So with that in mind, Beatty makes perfect sense as a reserve offensive tackle. During that 2010 run it was Beatty who stepped in and played spot duty when their offensive tackle got injured and he did so in some must win games.
From a mentality standpoint he makes perfect sense, and he is clearly a backup offensive tackle due to his injury history.
Guard: Amini Silatolu
The Titans have visited with some guards in free agency, but I like Silatolu in Tennessee a lot. Since a very productive rookie year at left guard, Silatolu has been a rotational player in Carolina.
That is a team that also believes in a run first mentality which again, is key when looking at players at this point. He has played with a mobile quarterback before so he knows what it is like to hold a block during a scramble without drawing a hold.
He is also a physically imposing guy at 6’4″ 315 lb., which has been a big part of this offseason (getting bigger in the trenches). So, I think this fit makes the most sense.
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Trade: Ronald Leary
Leary is currently a member of the Dallas Cowboys, but he has expressed a desire to be traded after the team brought in La’el Collins to replace him.
Leary was the starting left guard on the best offensive line in the league in 2014 in Dallas where he helped pave a way for current Tennessee Titans running back DeMarco Murray. While that whole season is impressive in itself, his game against J.J. Watt was a standout individual performance.
While Watt had sacks in 12 games that year, Leary can count himself as one of the four teams that held him without a sack. He was stone walled for much of that game by Leary and if he is demanding a trade, the Titans could get that production for cheap.