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Is this a wise move for the Titans to make?

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Recently in the Tennessean John Glennon wrote an interesting article saying that the Titans will be seriously considering making Titans first round pick Taylor Lewan learn both right and left tackle. Offensive line coach Bob Bostad had this to say:

"I know this for sure," Bostad said. "Taylor has to be able to play both sides."

"Who knows what's going to happen?" Bostad said. "It's a game of attrition. Who survives and who can continue on at a high level? Guys fall off. You just have to be ready."

"I think it's definitely a challenge for him," Bostad said. "I think you have to reach a certain comfort level, and what number of reps that is and what point in time that is, I don't know. But I think he's made a lot of improvement in watching his feet and the way he's staying more square and playing – things like that."

On paper this sounds like a no-brainer right? Wrong. It isn't simple to learn the playbook as a rookie, especially when you are an offensive lineman that has to react to sight adjustments that the quarterback makes presnap, as well as identifying where pressure could come from in a split second. Even if you get all of that down to an adequate level, you then have to mentally flip those images and essentially remember the playbook in reverse for the other side of the offensive line.

I think the best way for the Titans to do this, is to teach him how to play right tackle (and jumbo package plays where he lines up at tight end) in year one, and then take next offseason to teach him how to play left tackle if Roos isn't retained. If Lewan struggles at first, don't put it all on him. If the coaching staff is throwing this much at him in such a short amount of time it would be astounding if he could start at a high level on Day 1.