Every Tennessee Titans roster issue that remains ahead of draft

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Here’s more on that Tennessee Titans offense and a few possible scenarios.

Jonnu Smith was an explosive and exciting player for the Titans, flashing his skills early and often at the beginning of last season. His role evolved into more of a blocking tight end following Taylor Lewan’s ACL injury and diminished his impact as a passing weapon. Smith signed a lucrative deal with the New England Patriots in April.

Anthony Firkser is expected to step into a larger role as he’s a very consistent pass catcher. He lacks the speed and athleticism of Smith, and he isn’t as dangerous with the ball in his hands. The Titans’ offense wasn’t good enough last season to compete and win in the playoffs, so they’ll need to find a way to replace Smith’s playmaking ability elsewhere on the field.

Perhaps the most surprising move of the offseason was the release of right tackle Dennis Kelly. Kelly had been a steady presence throughout his tenure in Tennessee and got his first chance as a full-time starter last season.

General manager Jon Robinson likely thought there was an opportunity to get younger at the right tackle position and is seemingly replacing Kelly with Kendall Lamm. Lamm has not consistently started throughout his career, but excels in run blocking and should mesh well with the Titans’ steady offensive line.

The Lamm signing also provides coverage for first-round bust Isaiah Wilson’s departure. Wilson was traded to the Miami Dolphins (who then cut him days later), and his first-round selection continues to carry a stench that impacts the roster to this day. The Titans will once again likely address the offensive tackle position in Thursday’s draft.