After finding himself in the dog house by default to start the season with a four-game suspension for a positive test for performance-enhancing drugs, Taylor Lewan buried himself further after committing nine penalties in his first six games.
And these weren’t just a bunch of harmless penalties, either. Lewan was killing drives, and his most egregious infraction was an unnecessary roughness flag he drew in Week 10 against the Chiefs.
But Lewan has found a way to rebound since then, and he’s no longer attracting attention for reasons other than his normally elite play. Lewan hasn’t committed a penalty in two games, and in Week 12 he was able to keep his cool after taking cheap shots from two different Jags defenders.
Lewan was public enemy No. 1 in the eyes of Titans fans for a bit there, but now he’s quieted his critics and will continue to do so if he can keep his nose clean on the field and let his play do the talking.