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Countdown To Titans Training Camp: New and Improved Chance Warmack

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From #Warmackin and Taco Bell, to improved training and proper diet.

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After one of the most exciting and significant off-seasons in Tennessee Titans’ history, training camp is finally around the corner. Between positional competitions, coaching changes, and several new pieces, there are a number of interesting storylines that all Titans fans should keep an eye on this summer. The plan is took examine a new one each day until camp arrives.

Today, we will look at the potential development of Chance Warmack. While he was a pretty big disappointment—especially considering his draft position—until the end of last season, he may have turned the corner. If there was only one positive to take away from the 2014-15 season, it very well may have been Warmack’s development at the end.

In 2014, Warmack reduced his sack total from seven to two. This is especially good news considering that coming out of college, the word on him was that while he could be a potential road grader in the run game, his technique in pass protection was one of his biggest weaknesses. While Pro Football Focus is most certainly not the end all be all, especially with offensive linemen, it is worth noting that he graded out very positively according to their metrics. From weeks 11 through 17, he finished in the "green," which is indicative of a positive game and grade. The best thing about Warmack’s improvement during this time frame is the fact that it came when he was surrounded by mainly practice-squad level offensive linemen around him at that point. If he can capitalize on what he started at the end of last season with better offensive linemen around him, and develop some chemistry with the others, the offense should be much improved. As cliché as it may sound, games are won and lost up front. Improved offensive line play with Marcus Mariota behind center could have this offense humming.

It does appear as if Warmack is ready to capitalize. He has been training with LeCharles Bentley, and has gotten his weight down—he even has abs at 345 pounds. It has all been a very pleasant surprise after what seemed like another disappointing draft pick by the Titans for a while. Instead of hearing about Warmack’s stomach hanging out and Taco Bell, we are seeing more and more about his training instead. The hope is that he continues to make good decisions, get more comfortable as a professional, and be as dominant as he was at Alabama.

The best thing about Warmack is that his style meshes so well with Taylor Lewan’s. Both are extremely physical. With additions like David Cobb, Jalston Fowler, and maybe even Andy Gallik, the Titans could start to develop an identity, especially up front. The offensive line has not been like this since 2009, and while it is not a finished product, they finally have the potential to start building something. A lot will depend on Warmack’s continued development.