2. The Offensive Line
The offensive line concerns me more than any other position group. They were terrible in pass protection last year and may take a step back this season. Tannehill made some poor decisions last season, but his linemen did him no favors either. It’s difficult to play QB with pressure in your face or when you’re lying on your backside staring up at the sky.
Ben Jones doesn’t concern me. He’s solid and has a firm grasp of the blocking schemes. Taylor Lewan is still good but hasn’t been the same since returning from his knee injury. Age is a concern, as evidenced by his injuries over the past few years.
I’m not writing his obituary just yet, but the greater arc of his career lies predominantly in the rearview mirror.
Left guard is an open competition, but do the Titans have a legitimate answer at the position? I’m not confident they do. Jamarco Jones, Aaron Brewer, and Dillon Radunz are in the mix and while Brewer has been a serviceable replacement over the last two years, that doesn’t mean he will be a good starter.
Remember last season’s failed Kendall Lamm experiment? Jones is one of the few linemen in the league with PFF grades as bad as Lamm’s, which is fine if you are asking him to be a backup but not a starter.
Nate Davis is coming off a year in which he was one of the lowest-rated guards in the league in pass protection. While he will probably be better in a year where he isn’t forced to play next to David Quessenberry, it isn’t a guarantee.
The right tackle spot is a competition between Radunz and third-round pick Nicholas Petit-Frere, whom most experts agree will need time to develop. Perhaps the Tennessee Titans will see some offensive line relief after the June 1st cuts.
The Titans will see savings on the Julio Jones release and there are linemen who will be available. Even if a signing is made here, there’s concern the line may take time to gel.