As training camp approaches, it means the Tennessee Titans move one day closer to the preseason, and eventually the regular season. As we inch further throughout the offseason, every day we will feature a training camp preview.
Today’s preview focuses on the offensive line, where young stars are stepping up and the old guard appears to be moving out.
Starters: LT Michael Roos, LG Andy Levitre, C Brian Schwenke, RG Chance Warmack, RT Michael Oher
Andy Levitre signed a lucrative free agent deal last summer and produced well as a run-blocking guard and helped shore up the offensive line.
Brian Schwenke and Chance Warmack move on to their sophomore campaign after solid rookie seasons.
Michael Oher signed a four-year deal in the offseason and appears slated to take over the right tackle spot. Michael Roos is holding down the left side for the time being, but the writing is on the wall for the veteran. He’s entering his 10th year in the league, has an expiring contract after this season and Taylor Lewan was drafted as Tennessee’s No. 1 selection.
Backups: T Taylor Lewan, G Chris Spencer, C Tyler Horn, C Eric Olsen, T Byron Stingily
Most of the reserve lineman will hold steady in their places. Lewan appears to be the only offensive lineman fighting for a starting spot.
Oher conceivably has his spot locked down, but if Lewan impresses and the former struggled, the rookie could take over that position. The most likely scenario is either now, or along the way this season, Lewan could take over for Roos. The vet hasn’t shown a willingness to lay down for the first-year player. but if Tennessee starts building toward the future, it wouldn’t be a surprise for it to happen.
Check back Monday for a preview of the defensive line group.