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Tennessee Titans OT needs to show consistency

Tennessee Titans OT needs to show consistency

Tennessee Titans OT needs to show consistency

Tennessee Titans veteran offensive lineman Nicholas Petit-Frere is entering his third season with the team after being selected in the third round of the 2022 NFL Draft.

In his rookie year, Petit-Frere started 16 games for the Titans but was suspended six games in June 2023 after violating the league’s gambling policy by betting on other sports at team facilities. He ended up appealing the suspension, which took away two games, allowing him to return early.

Petit-Frere, who turns 25 in September, played in just three games for the Titans, but a shoulder injury placed him on injured reserve in mid-November. He has been recovering from the injury since then, but is expected to compete for the starting right tackle job during training camp later this month.

“The Titans’ line is still in flux, so Petit-Frere could still end up as the starter at right tackle. He had the fifth-worst pressure rate allowed in 2022 and lost his job to veteran Chris Hubbard last season,” ESPN writes. “But ESPN still tracks him with an above-average pass-block rate (88.6%) in his limited time on the field in 2023. If he does play, which Petit-Frere will show up?”

Hubbard is no longer on the roster, but he’ll have to compete against players like Dillon Radunz and Leroy Watson for the starting job. Petit-Frere has a chance to win over this new team, but he’ll have to impress veteran offensive line coach Bill Callahan, the father of head coach Brian.

Maybe the Titans are looking to move on from the old and find new options on the offensive line, but Petit-Frere was selected on Day 2 for a reason. He’s still young enough to grow, and if he can bounce back from his injury better than he did before, he can really make an impact for the Titans.

He only has 19 games under his belt, so he hasn’t shown everything he can do. If the Titans were to give him a chance, he could give them the answer as to whether he’s worth keeping long-term or not.

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