After a blowout loss the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday and another poor showing from the Tennessee Titans‘ offensive line, head coach Mike Vrabel might be ready to make a much needed change to the starting lineup.
Starting left tackle Dennis Daley, who joined the Titans via trade from Carolina on August 29 has been Tennessee’s sole option at left tackle from the moment Taylor Lewan went down in Week 2. He was in for 100 percent of the offensive snaps for nine consecutive weeks following Lewan’s ACL injury.
Daley has left a lot to be desired from the moment he walked into the building, and perhaps Sunday was the straw that broke the camel’s back. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill was sacked six times in Philadelphia, and a two play sequence from Daley late in the second half showed how big of a liability he can be.
The Titans do not have an abundance of options to replace Daley.
2021 second round pick Dillon Radunz is the first name that comes to mind, but Tennessee feels strongly that Radunz is better suited at guard than tackle after working him in during training camp. They don’t seem overly motivated to rotate him in, which is probably very telling on where they see his future.
Another option, Jamarco Jones, has been on Injured Reserve with an elbow injury for the entire season. So where do the Titans turn?
Sounds like Le’Raven Clark is the next man up.
Mike Vrabel told media on Monday that Clark would “have a chance to compete” for the starting job moving forward, but admitted the Titans did not have many options with the current 53-man roster.
The Titans signed Clark to the 53-man roster off of the Eagles practice squad after Week 3 to add some depth at offensive line. Clearly, they now need it. Clark was a third round draft pick by the Indianapolis Colts in the 2016 NFL Draft, and has played in 59 games with 16 starts over six seasons with the Colts, Eagles, and now Titans.
He has made six (6) of those starts at left tackle, five (5) at right tackle, and five (5) at right guard.
Clark is still a question mark, and while expectations should not be set too high for him, it’s nice to see the Titans making a change. The commitment they have made to Daley despite his subpar performance has always been puzzling, and whatever Clark brings, it’s hard to see things getting much worse on the line.
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