State of the Titans Roster: Guard

HOUSTON, TX - January 01: Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck #8 of the Tennessee Titans completes a pass against the Houston Texans on January 1, 2012 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)

We are currently working our way through the state of the Titans roster. Today we look at the guards. We previously looked at QB, RB, WR, TE and OT.

Get ready for a shocking statement: the guards were not the strength of the Titans in 2011. The good news is that Jake Scott is not longer with the team, and Steve Hutchinson was added to take his spot. The bad news is that Leroy Harris is still starting at the other spot.

Click through the jump for a more in-depth look at the guards currently on the roster.

STEVE HUTCHINSON
Age:
34 (turns 35 in November)
Contract: Signed a 3-year $16 million contract

Hutchinson is a really good player who has been in the league a long time. He will make the interior of this line better physically and mentally.

LEROY HARRIS
Age:
28
Contract: Entering the last year of the 2-year deal he signed last offseason

This is a big year for Harris. He has looked promising at times, and he has looked awful at times. His future in the league could very well be determined by how he looks this season.

FERNANDO VELASCO
Age:
27
Contract: Also entering the last year of his contract

We cried and cried for Velasco last season, but the coaches never put him out there with the starting five healthy. There has to be a reason for that.

RYAN DURAND
Age:
26 (turns 27 in November)
Contract: Working on a perennial one-year deal

Durand is another project the front office gave Mike Munchak that has yet to show any results. Unfortunately, there were quite a few of these in the last few years.

The Titans also have Chandler Burden, Kyle DeVan and George Bias who will be competing for a spot.

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