Tennessee Titans awards: Most improved offensive player

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 01: Matt Cassel
HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 01: Matt Cassel /

Who deserves recognition during the bye week for the Tennessee Titans.

The Tennessee Titans are 4-3 and that is better than any record they have had through seven games since 2011.

While the recency of the Cleveland win makes fans feel bad about this team, instead think back to when a fully healthy Marcus Mariota (with a full week to prepare) beat the Jacksonville Jaguars and Seattle Seahawks in back to back weeks.

Combine that with a win against a Colts team that the Titans seemed cursed to never beat again and the season is actually going pretty well so far.

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With the bye week in front of us, it is a great time to look back and hand out some awards. This is who I believe is the most improved offensive player from last year:

Josh Kline RG

Last year at this time the Titans were just coming to terms with the fact that Josh Kline was going to be a significant upgrade on Chance Warmack. While that wasn’t a high bar, fans were just happy to have a cohesive offensive line for one of the few times in the last decade.

However, by the end of the season there were rumblings that the Titans may need to try to go out and find a new RG if they really wanted to be one of the premier OLs in the NFL.

Well, now it looks like Kline has been one of the better players on the offensive line. PFF has him listed as the 12th highest guard above names like Kevin Zeitler and Kelechi Osemele.

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He has looked good pulling and in pass protection, and it is easy to see why the Titans were so happy to get him on waiver wires last summer.

If the Titans are going to make a push for the playoffs then they need to have all five members of the offensive line healthy and ready to go. Kline’s improvement may end up being the difference in a win somewhere down the line and in the NFL one win is the difference between a 3rd or 4th seed and missing the playoffs entirely.