4 best Tennessee Titans players on offense through three weeks
By Will Lomas
4. Ben Jones, C
It may shock you to know that there are actually two members of the offensive line on this list.
Much to my relief, Ben Jones looks a lot closer to his 2017 and 2016 versions than his 2018 self and I would hope that this trend continues going forward. After the extension on his deal it is nice to see him playing hard and not taking anything for granted.
With Nate Davis hopefully coming in to play guard soon the Tennessee Titans need a veteran in the middle to help relay what he is supposed to do on any given play.
Not only does Ben Jones give you that, but since he is playing at a higher level than we saw last year, there is a chance that he could make life much easier for Davis.
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Speaking of which, for all the talks about Rodger Saffold being the “coach on the field” in this scheme, it seems like it would help out more if the Titans let Ben Jones have a little bit more responsibility on some zone blocking and let Saffold climb to the second level quicker.
Derrick Henry isn’t on this list (spoiler) in large part because when linebackers see him coming they know they need to make contact at the line of scrimmage or they will be forced to take him on with a head of steam.
If those linebackers get blocked then all of the sudden you are talking about giving Henry 3 yards of free space instead of 1 yard, which makes a huge difference when you look at what the former Heisman winner can do when he gets a head of steam.
All of this goes back to Jones though because if you can ask him to completely take care of the A-gap and not just the guys lined head up with him, then all the sudden you have a serious numbers advantage in the run game.