The Tennessee Titans practiced inside the bubble because of rain on Tuesday and once again the story of practice continued to be the shuffling of the offensive line in what coach head Ken Whisenhunt termed as “looking for the right five” in the offensive line.
To that end, the line once again on Monday was retooled at three positions among those considered the first unit. Center Brian Schwenke was held out of practice because of a slight foot injury he received late in Sunday’s practice when he stepped on a teammates foot.
Byron Bell worked once again at left guard and Jamon Meredith at right tackle with the first unit.
While nothing is set in stone Whisenhunt did admit that he was hopeful to have a starting five in place before the third preseason contest where the starters are expected to receive extended work together in that game.
”We said from the get go that we’re trying to address the offensive line and get better, it’s not an overnight process,” said Whisenhunt.
”I think if we had five guys that were established and had been together before then that would be what you would do but we don’t have that,” continued Whisenhunt. “I think we’ve been pretty out front with that. We’re looking for the right five and working on that so it’s not any different than a lot of teams in the league who face that challenge. I’ve been on teams that had good offensive lines that went through this same process. The only thing you can do is keep pushing them and make sure they work hard and that will come. That’s an important piece of it so we’ve got three preseason games left to work on that, and we’ve got a lot of training camp type practices ;eft and we’re gonna keep working at it.”
Tackle Taylor Lewan reiterated his feelings that this unit must play nastier up front when speaking with reporters following the practice.
”I want us to be more physical. I want us to be more downhill. I want us to play with a presence, with a confidence that maybe lacked a little bit,” said Lewan. “I think as a group we need to play the way we are capable of playing and then we will be successful.”
As for the shuffling and playing next to new people in the line, Lewan was very matter of fact in his response.
”I think coach is going to look at different things in case of injury, but what they do with the offensive line is none of my business, ” stated Lewan.
Asked why the line is not playing to that standard and what can be done to fix it, Lewan had a short response.
”I’m not sure yet. I think we just need to believe in ourselves and do what we’re supposed to do,” concluded Lewan.
While the offensive line garnered the majority of focus, wide receiver Justin Hunter had perhaps his best practice of this training camp, as he made multiple tough catches on passes that were slightly off target during the session.
Whisenhunt acknowledged Hunter’s work, saying he was trending up so far in camp.
The Titans return to the practice field Tuesday afternoon for their next scheduled practice at St. Thomas Sports Park.