Coaches did not move Taylor Lewan around as they have done during training camp.
They also did not move on to someone else until they got a good, long look at him during the Tennessee Titans’ 20-16 victory over the Green Bay Packers in Saturday’s preseason opener for both teams.
Lewan, the first-round draft pick (11th overall) out of Michigan, played 47 snaps – more than three-quarters of the Titans’ offensive snaps in that contest. Guard Eric Olsen played the same number but no one else played more for Tennessee.
“Honestly I was preparing for the whole game,” he said. “It’s prepare for the worst, hope for the best in terms of length and how tired you’re going to be. I prepared the way I prepare for any game: hydrate and get the legs ready.
“I didn’t get tired. I got a lot of reps during camp and was put in a lot of situations where I had to go 10 or 12 plays in a row here. So I’m kind of used to that now.”
The difference between training camp workouts and the game was the fact that Lewan stayed at left tackle against the Packers. In the previous two weeks, particularly when guard Andy Levitre was sidelined because of an appendectomy, Lewan worked at left guard and right tackle in addition to left tackle.
The plan is for him to be the starting left tackle no later than the start of next season, so that was where he played. The review of his performance was predictable.
“He didn’t do badly,” coach Ken Whisenhunt said. “There are things he’s got to clean up, but he played (47) snaps, which is a lot for a preseason game. … There’s a lot that he can gain from that, having played in a game against those guys.
“I like (Lewan). I think he’s got a chance to be a good player.”
He was not the only one of this season’s six draft picks who got a lot of work. Cornerback Marqueston Huff played 42 snaps, more than any player on defense, and linebacker Avery Williamson played 13 on special teams, which was second on the team, in addition to 32 on defense.
LONG DAY AT THE OFFICE
A look at which Tennessee Titans played the most snaps in Saturday’s preseason opener against the Green Bay Packers:
Taylor Lewan, tackle – 47 (77 percent)
Eric Olsen, guard – 47 (77 percent)
Byron Stingily, tackle – 46 (75 percent)
Gabe Ikard, guard – 43 (70 percent)
Marqueston Huff, cornerback – 42 (62 percent)
Khalid Wooten, safety/cornerback – 38 (56 percent)
Micah Pellerin, cornerback – 37 (54 percent)
Daimion Stafford, safety – 33 (49 percent)
Tommie Campbell, cornerback – 33 (49 percent)
Akeem Ayers, linebacker – 33 (49 percent)
Patrick Bailey – 16 (67 percent)
Avery Williamson – 13 (54 percent)
Zaviar Gooden – 12 (50 percent)
Daimion Stafford – 12 (50 percent)
Taylor Thompson – 11 (46 percent)
Marc Mariani – 10 (42 percent)
For Lewan, who figures to be the Titans’ starting left tackle no later than the start of next year it was … well, a start.
“I got a great opportunity to get a lot of reps, get a lot of great experience,” he said. “Hopefully, I can keep going, keep pushing and win a starting job eventually.”