Tennessee Titans fans must temper their expectations for Dillon Radunz

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The Tennessee Titans don’t see Dillon Radunz as a starter right now.

For two straight preseason games, the Tennessee Titans have started with Dillon Radunz lined up inside at right guard on the offensive line. In week one, the starting left tackle was Christian DiLauro and the right tackle was David Quessenberry. With Ty Sambrailo and Kendall Lamm both out, it was a little strange that the Titans didn’t use this chance to start Radunz at right tackle and let Quessenberry fill into his old left tackle role.

Eventually, Quessenberry was pulled out of the game and Radunz played the rest of the game at right tackle. The next week versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Tennessee Titans put a returning Ty Sambrailo at left tackle and Quessenberry again got the start at right tackle with Radunz inside at guard.

On the second drive, DiLauro again came in to play left tackle and then Sambrailo filled in at right tackle while Radunz stayed at right guard. Based on that, Radunz is no higher than third on the depth chart at right tackle and he could be fourth when Lamm returns.

That isn’t a big problem because the Tennessee Titans were probably never planning for Radunz to be a starter in 2021, so if the plan wasn’t for Radunz to start as a rookie, it is fair to ask what GM Jon Robinson found appealing enough to validate spending a second-round pick on him? One could argue that there are two players that explain the rationale behind spending a top-100 pick on Radunz.