3 Tennessee Titans who could become first-time Pro Bowlers in 2021

Mike Vrabel, Tennessee Titans (Mandatory Credit: Imagn Images photo pool)
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Rodger Saffold, Tennessee Titans
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Rodger Saffold, guard. . player. 35. . .

Rodger Saffold will continue to be a huge part of the Tennessee Titans O-line.

It’s often said that offensive linemen are doing a good job when you don’t hear their names during an NFL game. That’s probably why you don’t hear a ton about Rodger Saffold unless of course he’s featured in the highlight of some awesome Derrick Henry run.

This young man has been a fixture at left guard for the two-tone blue since the Tennessee Titans opened the purse on March 14th of 2019, signing the first player taken in Round 2 of 2010’s NFL Draft to a four-year $44 million contract. Saffold spent much of his time in Saint Louis and in Los Angeles with the Rams clearing holes for the likes of Steven Jackson and 2017’s Offensive Player of the Year, Todd Gurley.

Jackson earned his third Pro Bowl nod running behind a good offensive line that featured an outstanding rookie (Saffold) in 2010. Rodger earned a place on the Pro Football Writers of America’s All-Rookie Team for his efforts. In 2017, he earned Second-team All-Pro honors while clearing the way for Gurley.

As mentioned, Rodger Saffold joined a good group of offensive linemen in 2019, and it’s been more of the same. Derrick Henry has led the NFL in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns in each of the past two seasons. He’s also been named to two Pro Bowls and been given nods as 2020’s NFL Offensive Player of the Year, a Second-team All-Pro in 2019, and a First-team All-Pro in 2020.

Saffold has yet to earn his first Pro Bowl nod though, and that’s probably because he simply packs a lunch pale, does his job, and goes home, but if Ryan Tannehill stays upright and King henry runs wild again, it’s going to be hard not to give Saffold a ton of credit for that happening.

It’s a thankless job, but someone has to do it. There aren’t many guys that do the job better than Saffold. Hopefully, he’ll earn some well-deserved shine at the close of the 2021-2022 NFL season.