The Titans have officially agreed to terms with former Texans and Browns offensive tackle Kendall Lamm, according to the team:
Ian Rapoport is reporting that is a two-year deal worth up to $8.5 M.
This is an interesting signing. The Titans would release Dennis Kelly shortly thereafter. Looking at the roster as it stands, it appears that Lamm is your 2021 starter at right tackle. He may see some competition from the re-signed Ty Sambrailo, but I’d give the edge to Lamm there. The cap savings on releasing Kelly were minimal. When comparing those savings to this Lamm deal, it appears that the Titans just straight up prefer Lamm. Kelly was quite good as a starter in 2020, so it’s a curious decision.
The following was taken from Lamm’s official introductory media conference:
“Flashback to Cleveland, and running the ball the way we did and the things that we could do there, it is top-notch,” said Lamm, formerly with the Browns. “So, when the opportunity arose to come here …. I had Nick Chubb as a running back in Cleveland and if you want to argue, one of the only people in the league that may be better is, as you guys call him, is ‘King Henry’. The fact that I would have the opportunity to block for a man like that, someone who is so top-notch.
“And I know coach (Mike) Vrabel from Houston, where I played my first four years – he’s a top-notch guy. I know (Titans center) Ben Jones, and I’ve played against the Titans for years now and know the type of organization and team that’s always been here. The fact that I could come in here and try to help, and do the best I can, I couldn’t blink at it. It’s a beautiful spot. … I couldn’t pass it up.”
Lamm’s familiarity with both Mike Vrabel and Ben Jones could make this a good fit. Lamm only started three games over the past two seasons in Cleveland. Overall, he’s made 27 NFL starts in six seasons, including a career-high 13 in 2018 in Houston.
Let’s take a deeper look into how PFF graded Lamm throughout the 2020 season. It’s a small sample size.
Offensive snaps played: 110
Pass block snaps played: 73
Run snaps played: 37
Sacks given up: 1
* OT with at least 20% of league-highest volume are ranked.
Overall grade: 76.8
Pass blocking grade: 67.6
Run blocking grade: 72.0
We’ll see how this one plays out.