Honorable mention: Dennis Kelly, RT
As I just spoke about, Kelly has a great chance to earn himself a new deal from the Titans if he can somehow steal the starting job away from Conklin.
After Conklin once again succumbed to multiple injuries last season, Kelly stepped in and outperformed his teammate. According to PFF, Kelly finished as the No. 18 tackle, which is quite an impressive achievement for the 29-year-old.
Not only did he do his job well, Kelly had to overcome adversity in the process. First, he had to deal with a mysterious illness near the start of the season, and he also lost his father in what was a devastating situation.
Showing true strength, Kelly returned to practice a few days later and prepared to start against the New York Giants. The kind of special character and top-notch play Kelly has shown during his Titans tenure hasn’t gone unnoticed.
It wouldn’t be that surprising if the Titans decided to bring him back over Conklin. Kelly would likely come with a cheaper price tag and less years on a new contract. The more you look at it, the more it seems the fate of both Kelly and Conklin in Tennessee depend on one another.
As far as this season goes, if both Kelly and Conklin stay healthy, Tennessee could find themselves with three top-25 tackles when you throw Dad into the equation.