Tennessee Titans training camp spotlight: Right guard
Tennessee Titans option No. 2: Nate Davis
After being ruled academically ineligible in 2014, Davis made his way into Charlotte’s starting lineup in 2015 and never looked back.
Another Titans lineman with versatility, Davis played at both guard and tackle in college. From 2015 to 2017, Davis started in 30 of the 31 games he played at right guard and earned honorable mention All-Conference USA in 2016 and 2017.
Through 37 total starts with the 49ers, Davis allowed seven sacks. During his senior campaign, the 6-foot-3, 316-pound rookie started at right tackle in seven of eight games he played and permitted just four pressures in 237 pass-blocking attempts.
At the moment, Davis’ strength is in the run game, where he is seen as a powerful run-blocking guard who is at his best when moving forward. In time, Davis needs to improve on his lateral movement and quickness if he’s going to get better in pass protection.
His technique was no doubt successful in college based on his numbers, but it’ll need work if he’s going to make it as a starter at this level. Good pass protection will be vital for any candidate looking to start on the interior of the Titans’ line, and Davis will be no different.
Looking at Davis’ build, versatility and past success in college makes him an intriguing prospect. One would assume his upside is far greater than Pamphile’s and he would fill a position of need for a cheap price until the end of his rookie contract.
Now all that’s left is for Davis to show he has picked up the playbook enough to even warrant consideration for the starting job at right guard. Training camp will be Davis’ proving ground to see if he has what it takes to be a starter when the 2019 season begins.
If all else fails and Davis doesn’t get the starting job, the Titans at least have some depth along the offensive line and Davis will have more time to develop.