Mularkey: Offensive Line a Work in Progress


BOCA RATON, Fla. —Free agency is just two weeks old. The NFL Draft is still five weeks away.

NFL rosters – and starting lineups – aren't set in the spring. And that's especially the case on the Titans offensive line, which is very much a work in progress.

"It's still to be determined,'' Titans coach Mike Mularkey said on Tuesday from the NFL owners meetings. "We still have free agents we're talking with, we have a lot of work in regards to the draft left and we are still talking about our own roster and where we think the best fit is for some of our players are, and that's an ongoing discussion.

"We're going to wait until we get through this offseason to see where we are. We have a lot of moving parts to see where the best fit is."

Earlier in free agency, the Titans signed former Texans center Ben Jones. The Titans hosted former Broncos lineman Louis Vasquez earlier in free agency, but he remains unsigned.

Titans general manager Jon Robinson and Mularkey have talked about Taylor Lewan, the team's starting left tackle a year ago, being capable of playing on the right side. Last week, the Titans re-signed tackle Byron Bell, and Robinson has said right now he's going to work at right tackle.

Meanwhile, Brian Schwenke, the team's starting center in 2015 before being injured, is working his way back from a leg injury. Mularkey noted Jones has played guard during his NFL career.

"He's in competition,'' Mularkey said of Schwenke.

Guard Chance Warmack has started at right guard his first three NFL seasons, but he could play left guard.

"That's been discussed,'' Mularkey said. "We are going to find out the best five, and hopefully keep them in the same place for longer than we did last year with the guys we had."

The NFL Draft, of course, will provide some intriguing options.

Ole Miss tackle Laremy Tunsil has been a popular pick for the Titans at No.1 in mock drafts.

Mularkey said the group has some solid pieces, and leaders, on the team.

"I think we have guys like that,'' Mularkey said. "There's some that aren't very vocal. Chance is not very vocal, but he shows up to work every day and doesn't miss very much.

"I think Taylor Lewan, I think once we changed some things with him early on when I got the job, he has started to show his ability and leadership without having to be vocal about it. I think Ben Jones, that guy is important, the center position. Everybody will follow his lead, whether he is vocal or not, how he plays."


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