Jun 022012

The Titans’ interior offensive line was one of the most publicly scrutinized units in the league last year and their poor play was a huge part of the reason why Chris Johnson had the worst season of his career. The Titans haven’t made any upgrades at the positions this offseason, with the exception of signing veteran free agent Steve Hutchinson. However, they didn’t use a draft pick on any of the 3 interior line spots.

That being said, it appears Eugene Amano’s job at center is not safe for next season. Amano is currently out with a knee injury and career backup Kevin Matthews is working with the 1st team in his absence. According to the Nashville Tennessean, career backup Fernando Velasco and undrafted free agent William Vlachos are also in the mix.

Competition certainly can’t hurt their production at the position and whoever wins the job likely can’t be worse than Amano was last year. Amano graded out as ProFootballFocus’ 32nd ranked center last year out of 35. Only Philadelphia’s Jason Kelce, Chicago’s Roberto Garza, and Denver’s JD Walton ranked lower. Whoever wins the job will start in between Hutchinson and LeRoy Harris, their highest rated starting interior offensive lineman last season.

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