In our continuing series of much too early roster predictions, today we look at the Titans offensive tackles who are battling to make the roster.
This might be one of the toughest groups to handicap as there are a lot of players battling for the spots available and the team will likely keep only eight linemen on the opening day roster, so who is in and who is out, and who might find a place on the practice squad.
Taylor Lewan: Starter LT- Lewan is one of two locks as starters on the line, and the only one that is set at tackle at this point. He is a big, physical, nasty tackle with all the tools to be a Pro-Bowl player, but he must stay healthy this season or this line could suffer a repeat of 2014.
Byron Bell: Starter RT- Bell was signed as a free-agent to fill the right tackle spot, and he has been working there with the first unit so far. He has also spent time at guard as the coaching staff is looking to find versatile guys who can play more than one position.
Byron Stingily: Backup- Stingily has been a career backup and has played well in his opportunities to fill-in. He has never been able to seize a starting role and it looks like that will be the case again in 2015.
Jeremiah Poutasi: Backup T/G- Poutasi was the Titans third round selection and will be given every chance to win the right tackle position in camp and preseason. Poutasi can also play guard and might be better suited for that position. Either way, Poutasi is in and will be a key player going forward if not this season.
Jamon Meredith: OUT- Meredith has been in the league for six season, he has no options for the practice squad. He is a huge man who helped the Titans in a pinch last season but there is just no place for him this season even though he has spent some time working at guard. If he is to upset someone here, it would have to be at guard but I can’t see that happening either.
Will Poehls: Practice Squad- Poehls is entering his second season and can be part of the practice squad. He is a big body, and the coaches seem to like him so he will likely remain as a practice squad player.
Terran Jones: Practice squad- Jones is 6’7” 341 pounds and is entering his second season in the league as well. He has some upside and has worked at guard in the early portion of OTA’s. That versatility should help him win a spot on the practice squad at best.
The tackle positions are two of the most important parts of the team and filling them with the best players possible to protect their rookie signal caller will go a long way toward the team’s success in 2015.