Where will the Titans go with Jack Conklin and Dennis Kelly in 2019?
The Tennessee Titans caught the injury bug in a big way this season, and right tackle Jack Conklin was among those not spared.
In his place, fellow offensive lineman Dennis Kelly proved reliable enough to get the job done. So reliable, in fact, some have suggested that Kelly may actually be the better fit for the position.
Kelly appeared to outplay Conklin in the vast majority of his appearances, overcoming circumstances that extended beyond the football field. Just after the death of his father, Kelly still managed to be a crucial part of the Titans’ 17-0 shutout of the Giants.
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The tackle finished the game as the second-highest graded offensive player on the Titans
According to Titans team reporter Jim Wyatt, we can expect to see some shuffling around as the teams seeks to cure its offensive line issues. That doesn’t necessarily mean Kelly will take over Conklin’s place in the lineup for good, though.
“I thought Dennis (Kelly) played really well,” he wrote in his weekly mailbag post. “He’s a real asset. As for Jack Conklin moving to guard, I’d be surprised… I suspect the team will evaluate the true guards in free agency and the NFL Draft. And I also think the coaching staff is confident Conklin will return to form in 2019, another season removed from his ACL injury.”
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The Titans undoubtedly face a tricky situation as they look to improve the offensive unit as a whole, but they’ve got a long offseason ahead to solve the issue as preparation for a successful 2019 season begins.