Tennessee Titans: 3 Reactions after rewatching first preseason game

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Dillon Radunz had a better night for the Tennessee Titans than you think.

At first glance, it was easy to be down on the entire offensive line. However, it definitely hurts when your starting left tackle, left guard, center, right guard, and right tackle miss the game.

It only gets worse when you realize that the Tennessee Titans’ backup center (Aaron Brewer) and their second-best right tackle (Kendall Lamm or Ty Sambrailo take your pick) also sat. In a zone-blocking scheme, the chemistry between offensive linemen is at a premium because you have to decide whether the guy next to you can take over your assignment to let you climb to the next level, or if you need to stay where you are and let him climb.

Even with all of that, Dillon Radunz did a very nice job both at right guard and right tackle. He played nearly the entire game and he did a little bit of everything including pass protection, being the strong side tackle, weak side tackle climbing to the second level, combo blocks, iso blocks, and he even pulled on a play early in the game which is rare to see from the Tennessee Titans.

Was there rust? Sure, but you have to remember that this is a new scheme, he is playing two positions that he has never played before, he is making the move from North Dakota State to the NFL, and he has only played one game since 2019 because of COVID restrictions.

All the physical tools were there, now he just needs time to get back into true playing shape and adapt to this level of competition.