5 Titans who could lose their job to rookies in 2023

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No. 4 Titans veteran who could lose his job to a rookie: Andre Dillard, OT

The Tennessee Titans refrained from making splash signings in free agency and instead tried to get the most bang for their buck. That's why they went with Andre Dillard — and not Orlando Brown Jr. or Jawaan Taylor — to fill the void left by the departure of Taylor Lewan earlier this year.

The downside of giving Dillard, a 2019 first-round selection, a three-year deal worth $29 million in free agency is that he hasn't done enough throughout his career to make think he could be the long-term answer at left tackle for the Titans.

Not only did he lose his job to former seventh-round selection Jordan Mailata but it's possible that Dillard isn't cut out to compete in the NFL. Over the last three years, he's made just nine starts and it's fair to wonder if he can hold his own for a full season.

Again, some players need a bit more time than others to develop and maybe this is the year Dillard puts it all together. But if he struggles, the coaching staff might not hesitate to give fourth-round pick Jaelyn Duncan a look.

At 6'6' and 406 pounds, the former Maryland Terrapin has lots of athleticism and the power to bully defensive linemen. On the other hand, he needs to work on his hand usage and it's up to the Titans' coaching staff and Keith Carter to put him in a position to succeed if called upon, something that could happen if Dillard falters in 2023.