The most anticipated position battle in training camp for the Tennessee Titans is taking place as Aaron Brewer and Jamarco Jones compete to earn the starting job at left guard. While both bring unique skillsets to the table, head coach Mike Vrabel spoke highly of Brewer after Thursday’s practice, prompting Titans fans to read between the lines.

“He’s explosive, he’s quick, and he’s tougher than a $2 steak,” said Vrabel. “He understands the angles and trying to get to guys, and understands pad level, technique, and those are a lot of things that he can do that somebody bigger can’t.”

Brewer has spent his first two seasons in the NFL with the Titans after going undrafted out of Texas State in 2020. He has played in 24 games, starting in six contests in his time with the team.

Brewer’s major knock is that he is undersized. Standing at 6-foot-1 and 290 pounds, Brewer’s measurables don’t jump off the page. However, what he lacks in size he makes up for in toughness and athleticism.

Vrabel has been in a chipper mood since the beginning of camp, and maybe that has something to do with WWE legend Ric Flair being in attendance, but his comments lead me to believe Brewer has the early edge over Jones.

The Titans inked Jones to a two-year deal worth $5.75 million back in March. Jones has spent each of his three seasons in the league with the Seattle Seahawks. He has appeared in 36 games, logging seven starts.

The measurables on Jones are prototypical of what you would expect from a starting guard in the NFL. He stands at 6-foot-4 and checks in at 290 pounds.

His tape shows effectiveness in blocking the run, using his long arms to get out in front of defenders, but he still needs work in pass protection. Like Brewer, Jones has positional versatility and can get in where he fits in on the Titans’ offensive line.

Take a look at Jones flattening All-Pro edge rusher, T.J. Watt.

Rodger Saffold left a void at left guard after signing with the Buffalo Bills in the offseason, but Brewer and Jones hope to add stability to a crucial piece of the Titans’ offensive identity.

It should go without saying, but there is a long road ahead before the season opener. If today told us anything, it’s that Brewer appears to have the early advantage.

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