Jack Conklin is quietly showing the Tennessee Titans they need to break out the checkbook.
With the Tennessee Titans offensive revolution, it feels like everyone’s stock has risen but there is one player that just hasn’t gotten the appreciation he deserves: Jack Conklin.
The fourth year right tackle faced questions about health and whether or not he should move inside to guard despite having an All-Pro honor as a rookie.
Since then, he has gone on to have his most successful season since his rookie campaign and looked like the clear best offensive lineman on the roster when Taylor Lewan was suspended.
In pass protection, it has been 11 weeks since Conklin has allowed a sack and he ranks inside the top-5 right tackles in the NFL in sacks allowed over the season for full time starters.
As a run blocker all you have to do is turn on the coaches film of Titans games to see him engulf defenders at the point of attack. Even when he isn’t burying defenders he is constantly in the right position to wall off his guy.
The Jonnu Smith mega-run from Sunday (which you can find in the tweet below) is basically made because Conklin gets to the outside and blocks the EDGE before moving up to the second level and picking up another key block.
Those two blocks turned the play from a TFL to a 7-yard gain and then from a 7-yards gain to a 51-yard gain.
With this season mostly in the books, Conklin has been a part of the Titans best 4-year run in the last decade and in three of those years he has been a big part of what has worked for the team.
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Aside from a 2018 season riddled with unfortunate injuries, Conklin has been a huge asset to the Titans and he is quietly doing his job at a high level again this season.
There is a massive range in a potential contract for Conklin based on the last two big deals from Lane Johnson ($18 million per year) and La’el Collins ($10 million per year). Finding a spot somewhere in the middle of that is ideal, but fans need to get comfortable with the fact that an eight figure deal per year is coming to Conklin.
The options are to either:
A. Bring back a stud 25-year old tackle.
B. Spend a 1st round pick on a tackle who probably won’t be as good as Conklin in his first three seasons.
The choice is obvious and fans should be excited if the Titans are the ones to lock him up long term.