Tennessee Titans: 3 reasons for optimism and concern vs. the Bills
By Brian Akins
Taylor Lewan Returns:
The long-awaited return of veteran offensive tackle Taylor Lewan is finally here.
The 11th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft and three-time pro bowler is rejoining his offensive line after a four-game suspension.
Up until week four, the offensive line has been one of the worst in the league in giving up sacks. However, this week showed some definite improvements and more of a reason why Pro Football Focus ranked the o-line the fourth-best in the league following the preseason.
Still, there’s only been one game of positive play for the offensive line this season. An offensive line that paid Rodger Saffold a contract of 4-years, $44 million to join the unit, yet through the first three games they gave up 17 sacks.
Lewan has started in 68 games since being drafted in 2014 out of the University of Michigan.
The Buffalo Bills are coming into the game 3-1 on the season and have a defense that has given up 63 points through four games this season.
Lewan’s return gives this veteran unit an opportunity to regain their identity of being a strong, nasty offensive line.
With Buffalo giving up more than 60 points through four games, this is a chance for Tennessee to come in and perform the way they did against Atlanta by rushing for more than 130 yards and throwing for two or more touchdowns.
The key is it starts with the o-line and this week they get a crucial cog in their wheel back with Lewan.