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Cincinnati Bengals: Analyzing recent offensive line rebuilds

Cincinnati Bengals offensive line (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
Cincinnati Bengals offensive line (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) /
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FOXBORO, MA – DECEMBER 20: Zach Mettenberger #7 of the Tennessee Titans stands under center during the game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on December 20, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA – DECEMBER 20: Zach Mettenberger #7 of the Tennessee Titans stands under center during the game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on December 20, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) /

2015 PFF Rank: 29th

LT: Taylor Lewan (1st round pick, 24 y/o)

LG: Quinton Spain (undrafted-rookie, 24 y/o), Byron Bell (due to injuries)

C: Andy Gallik (6th round pick-rookie, 24 y/o)

RG: Chance Warmack (1st round pick, 24 y/o)

RT: Byron Bell (Undrafted, 26 y/o), Jamon Meredith (due to injuries), Jeremiah Poutasi (due to injuries)

2016 PFF Rank: 1st

LT: Taylor Lewan

LG: Quinton Spain

C: Ben Jones (4th round pick, 27 y/o)

RG: Josh Kline (Undrafted, 27 y/o)

RT: Jack Conklin (1st round pick, 22 y/o)

The Titans saw their offensive line ascend from the NFL cellar in 2014 to take the mantle of the best unit in 2015. The left guard position was solidified when Quinton Spain made the sophomore leap in his development. The center was addressed through free-agency when the team signed Ben Jones to a relatively cheap 4 year, $17.5 million contract. The Titans scoured the waiver wire to lock down the right guard position, picking up Josh Kline after he was released from the Patriots. To top it all off, the front office wisely decided to spend their top pick on Jack Conklin.

The 2015 version of the Titans offensive line is eerily similar to that of the 2019 Bengals. Both teams were injury-riddled up front and saw a highly drafted guard underperform. As grim as it looked, the team was able to turn things around thanks to affordable free agent pick-ups, smart drafting, and player development.

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