Who should start Titans in Left Guard in 2022?

Ryan Tannehill will be in the center for the Tennessee Titans in 2022, but who will protect it? Three of the starting five are essentially guaranteed with Taylor Lewan on the left tackle, Ben Jones in the center and Nate Davis on the right guard. Elsewhere, the left guard is seen as a prominent stranger entering training camp in late July.

Offensive line manager Keith Carter recently confirmed That Jamarco Jones and Aaron Brewer are competing to get started with the left guard as they speak with local members of the media at last week’s Organized Team Activities (OTA). The off-season departure of Rodger Saffold created a vacancy in the left guard. A battle between Jones and Brewer qualifies as intriguing and no particular player stands out as the starting favorite.

Let’s explore the options.

Brewer is entering his third season in Tennessee after making his final roster in 2020 as a non-drafted free agent out of the state of Texas. He became a mainstay while serving as a versatile support on both guard and center. Brewer began a five-game career last season in relief from Saffold and Davis on both left and right guards. Brewer is considered a better run blocker than the pass protector and his 2021 performances confirmed this. Pro Football Focus gave Brewer a rating of 48.7 for pass protection and 60.7 for running blocker.

Brewer has a high-level understanding of the Tennessee offense. In 2022 he will play his third consecutive season in the Tennessee scheme, which remains virtually unchanged from Arthur Smith’s days as offensive coordinator. Additionally, Brewer has spent all of his professional seasons alongside offensive line manager Carter, who fully understands Brewer’s makeup as a player.

That familiarity could serve Brewer well in this process.

Jones agreed to deal with the Titans on a two-year contract early this offseason that contained $ 3.15 million in guaranteed cash. Jones is a swing linesman who can play both tackling and on guard. He was an all-rounder for the Seahawks last season, while holding various positions. Jones played 99 snaps on the left guard, 21 on the left tackle, 33 on the right tackle and 10 on the tight end, via Pro Football Focus. He scored a run blocking score of 60.3 and a passing blocking score of 54.6, also via PFF. It is worth noting that most of Jones’ shots last season took place on the left guard.

Jones is a four-year pro who has some experience compared to Brewer. It’s worth noting that the 2021 Seahawks launched some similar offensive concepts last season, but the two schemes aren’t a perfect match. Shane Waldron is the Seattle offensive coordinator. Waldron previously worked under Sean McVay. The current Tennessee attack was originally installed by Matt LaFleur, who also worked for the Titans after a stint under McVay. There should be at least some resemblance to Jones in Tennessee.

Final verdict

It’s too early to make any definitive statements, but we believe Jones is the current domestic favorite. The Titans quickly identified him as free will, and Vrabel has a shared history with him that dates back to his college recruiting days. It would represent Jones’s first full-time opportunity to be an NFL starter since he entered the league as the fifth-round selection of the Seattle Seahawks in the 2018 NFL Draft. Jones was waiting for this opportunity.

The Titans did not enlist any internal offensive linemen. Although they have hired several non-drafted free agents who can play as both guard and center, this battle will be decided between Brewer and Jones via health / field availability, boot camp, and pre-season performances, barring one more purchase. of free agency (we recently did a case for Ereck flowers).

We will follow a fantastic intrigue. Stay tuned to MCM.

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