5. Jack Conklin
Right tackle Jack Conklin and the Tennessee Titans might be headed for an impasse. While I think he is safe—for now—Conklin needs to clean up the right side, and fast. The Titans declined the fifth-year option of his rookie deal on May 1st.
Currently, PFF has Conklin listed as the 14th best tackle in the league, producing a 70.7 overall grade. Though, the former first-rounder has not looked like himself since injuring his knee in the divisional round of the 2017-18 playoffs against the New England Patriots. He’s flashed at times — particularly in games this year — but he was dreadful in 2018.
I happen to like Conklin as a run-blocker. He’s a mauler, and I love the tenacity with which he plays. Pass protection is another story.
According to the Football Outsiders, the Titans are dead last with a 13 percent adjusted sack percentage and Conklin has given up three on the year. Need to address that, Jack.
This is where it gets interesting. Is Vrabel leaving a trail of bread crumbs? Is he opening the door to the possibility of Kelly starting on the right side if Conklin struggles?
With the organization losing steam in regards to Conklin, could the integration of Kelly as the full-time starter be upon us? We’ll have to wait and see, but for now, I expect Conklin to continue to get the nod. The Titans need to get a final evaluation done and either ink him long term or move on.