Nov 17, 2023 - Sports

Titans line struggling to protect Will Levis

Will Levis gets clobbered during last week's game against the Buccaneers. Photo: Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Tennessee Titans are heading to Jacksonville this weekend with a big problem.

  • Their struggles along the offensive line are no secret. But now those weaknesses are putting the team's rookie quarterback in serious jeopardy.

Why it matters: Will Levis' strong performance during his early games has been one of the few bright spots for the Titans this year. Fans are pinning their hopes on the chance that he could grow into a major force for the franchise.

  • But if the battered offensive line cannot protect him, Levis risks serious injuries with every snap.

Driving the news: In just three games, Levis has weathered a bruising 25 hits.

  • He is tied for 13th in the league for hits so far this season, per Broadway Sports Media.
  • Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen, who has the same number of hits, has played 10 games.

State of play: Coach Mike Vrabel said the team must "continue to protect [Levis], and develop him, and have him help us."

  • "We believe in Will's toughness," Vrabel said during a press conference. "And we also believe we don't need to challenge it as much as we have."

What he's saying: Levis said he has a role in bolstering the offensive line.

  • "I have to be a leader," Levis said in a separate press conference. "My leadership role has to step up. I have to instill confidence in these guys, regardless of who it is, whatever five is out there, that they know I have my full trust in them."
  • "I have to do a better job as a leader of bringing them along."

The latest: The team worked to mend its offensive line this week. The Titans scooped up offensive lineman Calvin Throckmorton on Wednesday, a day after the Panthers waived him.


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