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Titans Training Camp Preview: OL

Posted Jul 20, 2013

Titans Online is previewing the 2013 Titans training camp at Saint Thomas Sports Park with a look at each position.

Offensive line | Quarterbacks | Wide receivers | Running backs | Tight ends | Defensive line | Linebackers | Defensive backs | Special teams

Postion coach: Bruce Matthews

Returning: Michael Roos, Fernando Velasco, David Stewart, Mike Otto, Byron Stingily

First camp with Titans: Andy Levitre, Chance Warmack, Chris Spencer, Brian Schwenke, Rob Turner, Kasey Studdard, Barry Richardson, Daniel Baldridge, Eloy Atkinson, Oscar Johnson

Outlook: Titans general manager Ruston Webster and coach Mike Munchak vowed the team would make multiple efforts to improve on the offensive line and believe that the team has done so by adding depth and experience in free agency and talent in the NFL Draft. Tennessee signed free agent Andy Levitre (expected to start at left guard) and drafted Chance Warmack (expected to start at right guard) with the 10th overall pick and center Brian Schwenke in the fourth round.

The Titans started six different combinations of offensive linemen in 2012 as injuries mounted.  Four of five projected starters when the 2012 training camp began finished the season on injured reserve, and Fernando Velasco was the only player to start all 16 games. An emergency appendectomy struck left tackle Michael Roos, costing him a game and ending his streak of consecutive starts at 119.

David Stewart, the bookend to Roos at right tackle, has recovered from a broken leg he suffered in December. Behind Roos and Stewart, the Titans have veteran Mike Otto and Byron Stingily, who each saw playing time in 2012.

Additionally, the Titans added veteran interior offensive linemen Rob Turner and Chris Spencer in free agency which increases the versatility and amount of experience at the guard and center positions.

Things to watch at open training camp practices: The projected starters of Roos, Levitre, Velasco, Warmack and Stewart didn’t have the opportunity to take the field together during the offseason program because the Titans were cautious with the linemen as they recovered. It will be interesting to see how quickly their on-field chemistry develops. There will be some periods where offensive and defensive linemen engage in intense competition drills that allow a better view of the challenges linemen encounter than one can see when the whole team participates.

Scheduled practices that are free and open to fans (subject to change):

Day

Time

Friday, July 26

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 27

3-5 p.m.

Sunday, July 28

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, July 30

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 31

3-5 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 1

3-5 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 2

3-5 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 5

3:45-5:45 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 10

3:15-5:15 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 11

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 12

3-5 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 13

3:15-5:15 p.m.

 

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