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Taylor Lewan, Jack Conklin know they are starting over

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- When the Tennessee Titans offensive line reassembled this spring, coach Russ Grimm didn’t race to show them what went well.

“When they come back, you don’t put their 10 best plays on,” Grimm said. “You put the 10 plays that they screwed up or had bad technique, make that make an impression so they know what they have to work on.”

Ten bad plays are not hard to find, even for right tackle Jack Conklin, an All-Pro as a rookie, and left tackle Taylor Lewan, who went to the Pro Bowl.

Conklin said he knows he can’t think he’s made it.

“Every week, you see another really good guy, if I don’t keep the right mindset, I could easily get beat and not have as good a season,” Conklin said. “There are a lot of new things for me to learn, a lot of things I can get better at. Technique stuff.

"There are things with my footwork I need to get better at. Really being more repetitive with my steps, the right ones over and over again, sometimes they are a little scattered.”

He got away with that stuff in 2016 but knows it can get him beat going forward if he isn’t more diligent about it.

Lewan said non-contact OTAs are all about hands and feet.

For him, the restart after an offseason break and the restart coming for training camp at the end of July are sort of speed bumps.

“It’s tough when you don’t do things for four months, and then come back and expect to play where you were at,” he said. “It’s kind of frustrating at first. Then you get used to it, you get comfortable. And then you get a five-week break and you kind of lose it again and you get to camp.”

Tackle play ranks high on the list of things the Titans expect to be able to count on in 2017.

Lewan and Conklin played at a very high level and the duo repeating that performance will be a big piece of another team jump in 2017 if one is to be made.

“You want them to pick up where they left off and get better this year,” Grimm said. “But it’s like anything. When I got here last year, I said, ‘I don’t care what happened in the past, it’s a new year.’

“It’s the same thing this year. Last year was last year. It doesn’t mean anything. We’re starting over and trying to get better than we were.”