Tennessee Titans right tackle Dennis Kelly spoke on Tuesday about the many changes the organization has made to its offensive line personnel.
“In this group,” Kelly said, “this is really the first time we’ve dealt with that in a while, so it will be interesting to see, once everything gets put on the field and guys get moving, we’ll see how it all comes together.”
For the past three seasons, the Titans have had the same five primary starting offensive linemen. Following several poor performances from the unit in 2018, the team decided to shake things up this offseason.
They neglected to re-sign guard Quinton Spain, released guard Josh Kline, signed All-Pro Rodger Saffold in free agency and drafted Charlotte guard Nate Davis in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Kelly said that adapting to these changes will continue to be a focal point for the unit over the next few months. “I think that’s kind of what the offseason is for,” he said. “It helps guys get used to working with guys you haven’t worked with before.”
Saffold, to whom the Titans gave a four-year contract worth up to $44 million, seems to already be fitting in well in the team’s offensive line room. “I think [Saffold] meshes really well with this group, Kelly said. “It’s going to be a lot of fun to see him on the field and to see us all working together.”
While Kelly has not yet had a chance to meet or interact with Davis, he does have some advice for the incoming rookie to be able to succeed.
“Part of it is coming in with an open mind,” Kelly said, “being able to listen and take suggestions. But also not tiptoeing. We work as a unit, so everyone needs to be not too proud to take criticism or anything. It goes both ways.”
Kelly is also a fan of the Titans’ offseason mantra, which has centered around a team transition from “good to great.”
“You can tell that people are actively trying to fix that, quote on quote, problem,” Kelly said. “But I think it’s good because part of it is mindset. If you have the right mindset, you can achieve a lot of great things. Guys transferring the whole ‘good to great,’ even just the verbiage, is a step forward.”
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