Why I am a believer in Tennessee Titans rookie guard Corey Levin.
Tennessee Titans training camp starts tomorrow and it is getting really hard to hold in my excitement.
One of the players with the most questions to answer is Corey Levin a late-round rookie interior lineman from UTC. I think he has the chance to become a real starter in this league.
What are the question?
Can he make the 53-man roster with such a deep offensive line group.
Don’t get confused, I believe that enough teams liked Corey Levin that he can not be signed to the practice squad. The only question there is whether he would be claimed immediately or in a few weeks.
When the injury bug hits some bad teams around mid October, GMs are going to start looking around the NFL trying to find players they can take a real look at during this season.
So, Levin is essentially a 53-man roster guy in Tennessee or he will be somewhere else.
The front five is a lock, obviously and Dennis Kelly just got an extension so of course he is guaranteed a spot on this team heading into the season.
Assuming that the Titans keep 8 OL, I think it is a 3-way battle between these players:
I think that Seaton is the obvious guy you look at to be the first one to the practice squad. He is huge, but raw and was probably brought in as a potential replacement for Kelly if they couldn’t get a deal done.
Tretola is on thin ice with this team and he needs a great camp to avoid getting cut because he is still practice squad eligible. So the Titans could cut him assuming that he would be too much trouble for anyone else.
Tim Lelito is assumed to have a job, but right now he is only under contract for a year. To me, that doesn’t guarantee a roster spot. Again, this could have been Dennis Kelly insurance if he went down.
While Lelito is a veteran, he obviously isn’t in the Tennessee Titans plans long term and a strong showing by Levin could lead to him being on the chopping block if the Titans want to keep another young lineman.
There is another option
Something the Titans could do is keep 9 linemen. If you will notice, the Tennessee Titans is actually so versatile that I kept 8 linemen and had 2 roster spots available for competition in my June 53-man roster projections.
So, using one of those spots on an offensive lineman makes a lot of sense given the nature of this offense and the talent/rarity of that position group.
One last thing, keep in mind that the reason Mike Mularkey got this job full-time is that he promised ownership that his goal would always be to protect Marcus Mariota. Mularkey will keep anyone who can possibly help him achieve that goal on the roster.