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Report: Titans to sign Bucs guard Kevin Pamphile to one year contract

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Jon Robinson brings in a versatile offensive lineman from Tampa.

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The Titans are reportedly signing Bucs guard Kevin Pamphile to a one year contract per Jenna Laine from ESPN.

Tennessee GM Jon Robinson knows Pamphile well. Robinson was the Bucs Director of Player Personnel in 2014 when Tampa selected him in the 5th round out of Purdue. Pamphile was considered a raw prospect at the time, having only played one season of football in high school before earning a scholarship for the Boilermakers. Here is NFL.com’s pre-draft scouting report on Pamphile from Nolan Nawrocki:

Raw prep hoopster who only played one year of high school football and entered the program as a defensive tackle. College left tackle with intriguing foot quickness and length to be groomed in a zone-blocking scheme. Developmental project.

In four years in Tampa Bay, he has appeared in 53 games while starting in 33 of those games — primarily at left guard or right tackle. PFF is not a fan of his work, giving him grades of 50.8, 66.7, 38.6, and 42.0 from 2014 to 2017. However, it appears that Tampa Bay liked him and wanted him back.

While Pamphile has lots of starting experience, I don’t think this should be viewed as a Spain replacement right now. He does give the Titans some flexibility along the offensive line though. If another team drops a big offer on Spain that they aren’t comfortable matching, Pamphile is a viable (not great, but viable) starting option at left guard. He also could serve as a temporary right tackle if Conklin misses time recovering from knee surgery early next year.

Pamphile gives the Titans options and takes some pressure off the offensive line spot. He’s a pretty good athlete and has experience working in a zone blocking scheme which should allow him to translate his play to Tennessee’s new offense well. Here are a couple examples of him working laterally on ZBS runs (Pamphile is #64).

I feel like the Titans aren’t done making roster moves at guard for this offseason. If they don’t retain Spain, I would expect them to continue to shop in the center/guard market in the draft. After all, Pamphile is only getting a one year deal. It will be interesting to see what they do along the offensive line over the next 5 weeks.