On May 8, the Titans drafted Taylor Lewan out of Michigan with the 11th overall pick in the draft, and the team officially had three starting-quality tackles and a newly competitive situation.
Lewan has appeared respectful of the two quality players ahead of him.
Roos is the team’s longest tenured player, a second-round draft pick in 2005 and the leader of the line who is heading into the final year of his current deal. Oher was just signed as a free agent from Baltimore with a four-year, $20 million contract (that could technically be a one-year, $6 million deal).
In turn, both Roos and Oher spoke of the realities of the NFL, where competition is king.
"I knew it was going to happen eventually," Roos said of the Titans drafting another left tackle, per John Glennon of The Tennessean. "You can't play forever. At some point, somebody is going to come in, no matter who you are. There's a young kid that's going to push you or just replace you. It was bound to happen at some point and we'll see if I can hold him off."
It’s his job until he’s told otherwise he said.
Roos has been a quality player for a long time. He remains a top-flight pass protector, but did not play as well as he had in the past in the run game in 2013, particularly in short yardage situations.
Oher said: “You have to come compete every single day. That’s how I come to work every single day no matter what."
Lewan has a set rotation to get snaps at both left and right tackle in OTA work, Ken Whisenhunt said Tuesday. Roos and Oher were with the starting line at the start of practice.
Reviews of Lewan’s entry into the Titans locker room have been strong.
“Great guy,” Oher said. “Has all the abilities in the world. Fun. Good guy to be around. Willing to learn, a hard worker. I think he’s going to be great.”