NASHVILLE – Back in March, Titans head coach Mike Vrabel didn’t beat around the bush when asked if second-year offensive lineman Dillon Radunz is ready to start for the team in 2022.
His simple answer: No.
While the answer raised some eyebrows, Radunz understood what his head coach meant. And anyone paying attention realized Vrabel’s answer from 2 ½ months ago included putting responsibility on Radunz – and the team’s coaching staff – to make sure the 2021 second-round draft pick is ready to start in September when the season begins.
“Ultimately, when he said that, it’s true,” Radunz said of Vrabel’s answer, which came at the NFL Combine. “When you are in the offseason, I don’t think any of us are ready to start and play in a game at that moment. It’s the offseason, and there’s a reason it’s called the offseason. Obviously, as a competitor, it is my goal to start and all of that stuff. But the team is first and we’re going to make sure everybody on that starting line earns it.”
The competition is now under way for Radunz and others in a bid to start up front alongside returning starters Taylor Lewan (LT), Ben Jones (C) and Nate Davis (RG).
The team has open spots at left guard and right tackle following the departure of Rodger Saffold and David Quessenberry, and now is the time to start making a case.
Vrabel pointed out…