2 Tennessee Titans interior linemen rightfully get some well-deserved shine

Rodger Saffold (76), Nate Davis (64) Mandatory Credit: USA TODAY Sports Images pool
Rodger Saffold (76), Nate Davis (64) Mandatory Credit: USA TODAY Sports Images pool /

Sure, if you’re a Tennessee Titans fan, there’s much to discuss. Some of you are worried about their wide receivers. There’s no need to be. They’ll be fine, but the concern on some of your parts is understandable.

There are also concerns surrounding two of their rookies. One, Caleb Farley, has a rather extensive injury history, but expectations are high. One of the other question marks is Rashad Weaver. His legal situation is troubling, but Mike Vrabel and the Titans front office are staying positive.

Some things in the Tennessee Titans’ organization are encouraging.

Don’t expect anyone to be too negative. The Titans have a few things that they can hang their hats on too. They’re solid at quarterback with Ryan Tannehill. Word has it that they’re reasonably satisfied with their running back as well, Derrick Henry.

Both have had great runs since their arrival in Nashville, and part of the reason for that is the play of Tennessee’s offensive line. Heading into the most recent NFL Draft, some wondered if they’d address their right tackle position. They did that in Round 2 with the selection of Dillon Radunz. He figures to battle Kendall Lamm for the starting position, but there’s no doubt about the other four starters or where they will wind up.

Taylor Lewan is the left tackle. Ben Jones is the center. Tennessee also has the luxury of fielding two of the best interior offensive linemen in the AFC, and recently they received some well-deserved shine. They deserve it. We’re talking about two of the NFL’s elite at the left guard and right guard position.

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This will put a smile on your face if you’re a Tennessee Titans fan.

Shortly before the close of 2021’s fifth month, Pro Football Focus released its 32 best guards ahead of the 2021 season. Both Rodger Saffold and Nate Davis made the list. Here’s some of what Sam Monson, the writer of this one, had to say.

First, here’s his critique of Davis:

"Nate Davis struggled hugely in his rookie year but took big strides in Year 2 as a run-blocker, where his power was under more control and better harnessed by technique than it was in his first year. If Davis can take another step forward, particularly as a pass-blocker, he will be a real force in 2021."

Here’s the skinny on Saffold:

"Saffold had a tough start to last season, but he was looking much more like the player we had come to know in previous years toward the end of the campaign. Saffold has now put up five straight overall grades of at least 72.6. Over his career, injury is the only thing that has kept him from extremely solid play."

As Titans enthusiasts, you can expect another stellar season from both of them during the Titans’ 2021-2022 run. They already have the confidence of their teammates, the coaches, and their fans.