TRAINING CAMP PREVIEW: OFFENSIVE LINE **
In camp:** LT Taylor Lewan, RT Jack Conklin, LG Quinton Spain, RG Josh Kline, C Ben Jones, C/G Tim Lelito, G Jake Simonich, C/G Corey Levin, C Mark Spelman, T Dennis Kelly, T Brad Seaton, T Tyler Marz, G/T Josue Matias, T Steven Moore, T Jonah Pirsig.
Offseason developments:The linemen raked in the awards following last season – Lewan played in the Pro Bowl, and Conklin was named an All-Pro. And as a group, they had some big times chugging beers and lifting fish at Preds games. But it's all business now as they prepare to open holes for the running backs while protecting quarterback Marcus Mariota. Titans offensive coordinator Terry Robiskie said it was clear the first time the starting five broke the huddle this offseason the players were on the same page. The Titans made some additions here, from the veteran Lelito (formerly of the Saints) to draft picks Levin (sixth round, Chattanooga) to Seaton (seventh round, Villanova). Former Titans lineman Brian Schwenke joined the Colts this offseason. Just before camp, the Titans parted ways with Tretola, and signed Simonich, formerly of the Texans.
In the spotlight:Lewan and Conklin. Together, they make up one of the best tackle combinations in the NFL. Lewan settled down in his third NFL season and became a top-notch performer on the left side, while Conklin showed incredible poise and solid technique during his rookie season. With experience, they have a chance to be even better in 2017. Lewan plays with an edge that's contagious, and he's done a better job of controlling his emotions. Conklin should
improve with the knowledge he gained as a rookie, and he's stronger heading into his second season. Can the duo be even better in 2017?
Battle to watch:Simonich vs. Levin. The Titans signed Simonich on Friday, and he'll be thrown in the mix out of the gate. Levin was drafted in the sixth round this year out of Chattanooga, and he'll compete for a backup spot in the middle. The Titans like Levin's versatility – he can play center and guard. The expectation is Lelito will be the top swing guy in the interior line, but Simonich and Levin will be battling for spots on the depth chart as well.
Keep an eye on: Spain. He got plenty of attention for taking his shirt off at hockey games, but on the field Spain has quietly gone about his business and developed into a really good left guard. Spain is arguably the most underrated player on the team's offense. The undrafted free agent out of West Virginia is physical in the trenches. When his shirt is on, he'll have the No.67 on his chest and back.
Next up:Defensive line.
TitansOnline.com looks back at offensive tackle Taylor Lewan's 2016 Pro Bowl season. (Photos: Donn Jones, AP)