It’s been quite the ride for Tennessee Titans star left tackle Taylor Lewan. You’d never know it now, but once upon a time, while as a member of the Michigan Wolverines, he was criticized for his discipline and decision-making. Even the most routine of play was an opportunity for a personal foul penalty.
To Taylor’s credit, he maintained his aggressive nature, but he found balance. 2011 saw him draw zero penalties early in Michigan’s run. As a result, he finished his career being named as a two-time First-team All-American (2012, 2013), a three-time First-team All-Big Ten standout (2011–2013), and a two-time Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year (2012, 2013).
Then, he tackled the NFL. That’s worked out pretty well for him too. The Titans made Lewan the 11th player taken in 2014’s NFL Draft. His first season as a professional in 2014 led to a spot on the Pro Football Writers of America All-Rookie Team.
Sure, he’s had his setbacks, a concussion in 2018 and a suspension in 2019, but this young man hasn’t earned a spot on three Pro Bowl rosters for no reason. Heading into 2021, he sounds pretty pumped about the possibilities.
Here’s a quote from Taylor Lewan that Tennessee Titans fans will love.
Tennessee Titans mandatory minicamp is underway, and fans of the two-tone blue are pumped. Taylor Lewan took an opportunity to speak with the media after the second day’s practice session. Among the topics, as you might expect were the ACL injury he suffered a season ago and how he looks to bounce back.
Lewan, a man who says that he’s never missed practice, has had time to reflect but is excited about how his recovery is going. He’s now doing some change-of-direction work and he’s running, but as excited as he is about all of that and getting on the field, he’s more excited about getting back on the field with his teammates. Here’s a quote:
"I think the stage in which I’m in right now isn’t so much rehab. It’s training now… It’s getting ready to get back on the field and go and play and be dominant at the position I play at, which is left tackle… Watching the boys out there running around and playing ball, it definitely makes you miss it a whole bunch. I can’t wait for the season."
Titans fans can’t wait either Mr. Lewan. As he also mentioned, whether or not he’s ready to be on the field for the start of training camp is up to Titans head coach Mike Vrabel and the training staff, but no one’s going to rush this. Too much is riding on the season to risk further injury.
This is one of the key cogs to the Tennessee Titans offense when he’s healthy. There’s no doubt about it, so Tennessee will take its time. Here’s a bold prediction though for anyone that’s searching for one. A healthy Taylor Lewan will find his way back onto the Pro Bowl roster in 2021.