Training camp is officially underway for all 32 NFL teams, and that means that camp battles are here. The two biggest battles for the Tennessee Titans were at left guard and right tackle, and there were times when it didn’t even look like there was a favorite on the roster.
Instead of talking about potentially signing Ereck Flowers, it looks like we should have all just taken a look at what the Titans have done in recent history.
The Titans have really only lost two established starters on the offensive line in the Jon Robinson era.
When Jack Conklin left in free agency, the Tennessee Titans promoted in-house backup Dennis Kelly to the starting job. When Josh Kline was released, the Titans promoted Jamil Douglas from in-house backup to starting right guard.
In both cases, the plan was to promote the former backup while grooming a rookie to take over the spot as soon as he was the better option.
This year it seems like the Titans are going to follow that same model.
The Tennessee Titans (most likely) offensive line at this point
For two years Aaron Brewer has been the primary backup for both guards as well as center Ben Jones. His quickness translates to each of those spots and he has the speed to get up to the second level of the defense and create cutback lanes in the run game which is incredibly important.
While there were questions on whether or not Brewer had convinced the staff that he could anchor well enough in pass protection to earn the job, it looks like the pros outweigh the cons here.
On Thursday Mike Vrabel was asked about Aaron Brewer and whether or not his size would be a factor and the head coach was full of praise for the former UDFA calling him “tougher than a $2 steak” among other things.
With Brewer now seeming like the most likely candidate to win the left guard job, all eyes are on the right tackle spot. Or at least they would have been if not for what happened on Wednesday.
On the first day of training camp, Vrabel praised Dillon Radunz for his commitment and how hard he has worked and he actually named Radunz as one of the Tennessee Titans’ offseason award winners.
I think Nicholas Petit-Frere will be the right tackle, but given everything we know about Mike Vrabel, we can expect that to happen in 2023, not 2022. NPF will probably get that promotion after Radunz moves to the left side to replace Taylor Lewan who is in the final year of his contract.
With a month to go until the season starts, the offensive line looks set barring any major changes in training camp performance. That would be great news because that would give the group more time to come together and create chemistry before the season instead of wasting snaps with other combinations.