Andre Dillard, Daniel Brunskill share secrets to Titans' developing winning offensive line

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – When Cincinnati fielded an 80 percent new offensive line to start the 2022 season, things started out poorly.

In the Bengals' first two games in their follow-up to an AFC Championship season, they gave up 13 sacks and lost to Pittsburgh and at Dallas.

Daniel Brunskill
Daniel Brunskill/ Courtesy 49ers

Ultimately a revamped line helped cut regular-season sacks by 11 but still allowed 44, and yards per rushing attempt dropped from 4.0 to 3.8.

The Titans are undergoing an offensive line overhaul. It could be as big as the Bengals’ was, but it might be just three of five starters rather than four.

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Impressions from introductions of five new Titans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans trotted out their five newest players for their first media conversations in Tennessee.

Andre Dillard
Andre Dillard

Here are my first impressions.

Andre Dillard

The former Eagles first-round pick was pretty nervous. He’s clearly a soft-spoken guy, but he was even quivering a bit.

He said signing with the Titans was even more emotional for him than being picked 22nd in 2019 when he was in Nashville and took the stage on Broadway to get a hug from Roger Goodell.

His mom was in Titans gear in no time and he was impressed with how quickly she got her hands on two-toned blue merchandise.


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A Kevin Byard resolution marks the full shift from Jon Robinson to Ran Carthon

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Yeah, it’s a business and Kevin Byard is facing up to that.

Kevin Byard

But Byard has the right to be upset that the Titans want him to take a pay cut, something first reported by Mike Lombardi. Adam Schefter said it's left the sides at an impasse.

The Titans are looking at cap numbers they don’t like and guess who created those?

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Massive mailbag: All your pressing Titans questions answered in detail

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- I am not asking about your bracket, sorry. But pump up Princeton.

If you haven't heard or watched the podcast yet, it's mandatory listening/viewing. Here are handy links: Apple, Spotify, Google PodcastsTuneIn and YouTube.

Daniel Brunskill
Daniel Brunskill/ courtesy San Francisco 49ers

There is so much on your mind regarding the Titans. I did my best to cover a wide array of your question in this beefy edition of the mailbag.

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Podcast: Pick your side on Titans' injuries and David Long

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- When we look back at the Titans free-agent class of 2023, will we see a team that smartly grabbed players who didn't have full opportunity in their first chance that the team got at good prices?

In this week's edition of the podcast, I look at the five guys the team's agreed to terms with and consider just what they are getting.The Paul Kuharsky Podcast

The new episode awaits you on Apple, Spotify, Google PodcastsTuneIn and YouTube, which is below.

Whichever platform you prefer, please subscribe, rate and review.

Subjects I dive into:

💥 My strengthening feeling the team wants Andre Dillard to be its starting left tackle and how that affects what I am thinking about No. 11 in the draft
💥 Why Arden Key left the Jaguars
💥 Whether Azeez Al-Shazeer and Monty Rice can play next to each other
💥 How you need to choose between injury solutions or David Long
💥 Aaron Brewer's RFA tender as insurance against another roster hole

Please keep the feedback coming. The podcast is just the front door to PaulKuharsky.com. If you like what you hear or see here, you'd really love the rest of the site. Come join the fun.

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Nick Westbrook-Ikhine passed on Titans' offer in order to test market

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, who’s been a rotational piece in the Titans’ receiver mix for the last three seasons, stepped away from contract negotiations with the team to test the market.

Nick Westbrook-Ikhine
Nick Westbrook-Ikhine/ Tennessee Titans

The team didn’t offer him the tender of $2.627 million for 2023 as a restricted free agent (as reported by Terry McCormick) which would have given it the right to match an offer sheet from any other team.

In recent years the Titans have not been in position to tender many unrestricted free agents, as their players heading to a fourth year not under contract have not been particularly desirable. That pool has included Derick Roberson, David Quessenberry, Matt Dickerson, D’Onta Foreman, Josh Kalu, Jamil Douglas, David Fluellen and Tye Smith.

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Mike Herndon: What the Titans are getting in new left tackle Andre Dillard

By MIKE HERNDON, columnist

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The first major signing of the Ran Carthon era is reportedly going to be former Eagles tackle Andre Dillard. The 22nd pick of the 2019 NFL Draft hasn’t had the career that was envisioned for him coming out of Washington State.

Eagles pick Andre Dillard mingles with fans after he was chosen during the first round of the NFL Draft Thursday, April 25, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn.
Andre Dillard/ © George Walker IV / Tennessean.com

The book on Dillard coming out of college was that he was an elite athlete who excelled in pass protection but would likely need some work as a run blocker due to playing in Mike Leach’s Air Raid scheme for the Cougars.

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