With just days left until the Tennessee Titans host the Arizona Cardinals, everything is falling into place for the home team.
On Wednesday the team announced that starting offensive linemen, Ben Jones and Nate Davis were back with the team after clearing COVID protocols.
It also seems like Julio Jones is getting up to speed and has been getting more and more time on the practice field heading into the season.
On paper, the Tennessee Titans look like they have one of the most talented offenses in the entire NFL, top to bottom. There is just one big question they need to answer first…
Who is the Tennessee Titans right tackle?
For the third straight season, the Tennessee Titans are going to start a new right tackle for the season opener.
While the team has to feel pretty confident about Taylor Lewan, Rodger Saffold, Jones, and Davis, this is not the week where you want to start someone that you aren’t confident in at right tackle.
The Arizona Cardinals defense has taken some hits this offseason after losing Patrick Peterson and Malcolm Butler’s surprise retirement, but one place they have proven talent is at EDGE.
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On clear passing downs, J.J. Watt and Chander Jones will line up against the offensive tackles with no responsibility other than to get to the quarterback by any means necessary. Given the age and the injury histories of both players, it is probably fair to say that they will be coming off of the bench to do this and will have fresh legs.
The Titans have been noncommital on which lineman will get the nod at right tackle. The battle is going to come down to Ty Sambrailo, Kendall Lamm, and David Quessenberry.
Due to injuries to Sambrailo and Lamm, the Titans didn’t get many opportunities to give each player a fair shake at the position. Knowing that Quessenberry took the bulk of the preseason snaps should give him an edge in the race.
Even more support for Quessenberry would be that when all of the offensive linemen were healthy in the third preseason game, he was the player that the Titans started at right tackle.
The good news is, the Titans’ offense is built around running the ball and misdirection which makes it hard for pass rushers to get comfortable. However, Todd Downing is going to have to keep that in mind as he calls his first game in Tennessee.