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Tennessee Titans
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  The Tennessee Titans said at the outset of the offseason that they would mix and match the offensive line in order to try and find the right combination of players for the regular season.

For the first few weeks of organized team activities, there appeared to be little in the way of change - the only real movement among the first group coming when veteran lineman Byron Bell suffered a freak ankle injury that put him out for the season. Bell had been playing right tackle and gave way to first-round pick Jack Conklin once he sustained the injury.

Then, on Tuesday, there was plenty of shuffling in the first group. Brian Schwenke, who has been the Titans' starting center when healthy for the past three years, was in with the first group at left guard. Quinton Spain, who ended last season as the starting left guard and had held serve there in the early part of the offseason, slid over to right tackle, momentarily dislodging Conklin from the first unit.

Ben Jones remained the starting center, while former first-round picks Taylor Lewan and Chance Warmack stayed in their usual spots at left tackle and right guard, respectively.

Offensive coordinator Terry Robiskie implied that fans shouldn't read too much into the shuffling now, as it is a matter of finding the right combination at some point.

"The offensive line is just like everybody else. They're out there trying to get a feel for it. They're trying to understand it and learn it. I think as a whole, everybody is coming together and jelling as one group," Robiskie said. "That's the goal today, just get everybody to come together and jell as one group. I don't believe that's something you do today. I don't believe that's something you do in May and June. That's why you go to training camp, and that's something you have all those preseason games. You just keep jelling and keep stirring that pot and moving guys around and seeing what fits."

For Schwenke, playing guard was old hat, as he played it his first three years at California before moving to center as a senior.

"I did play some (at guard) my rookie year in camp, leading up to the season. I played three years of guard in college. Leading up to my senior year, I'd never played center. It was my more natural position, but I don't know what I'm better at now," Schwenke said. "They're gonna put the best five guys out there and Spain also said he has experience moving around on the offensive line.

"I played both tackles and both guards in college. I was playing swing last year too. It was the same thing Byron was doing," Spain said. "If you know the playbook, you can play anywhere on the line. The better chance you can be on the team, the more you can play."


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