Titans rookie Poutasi takes snaps as first-team RT
The shuffling along the Tennessee Titans' offensive line featured a new face Thursday, with rookie Jeremiah Poutasi taking snaps as the first-team right tackle.
Veteran Byron Bell had been occupying the right tackle spot through the beginning of training camp, but the Titans shifted him to left guard earlier in the week in place of Andy Levitre. Jamon Meredith took snaps at right tackle earlier in the week before giving way to Poutasi.
A third-round pick out of Utah, Poutasi said he's getting more comfortable after initially struggling to adjust to life in the NFL.
“I’m playing faster, playing without hesitation,” Poutasi said, per the Tennessean. “I feel like I definitely have the playbook locked in now.”
Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt said team wants to get a feel for how Poutasi responds to an increased workload.
“With J.P. (we’ve seen) some good things, some bad things,” Whisenhunt said. “You have to look at him in different situations and see how they respond. So that’s what this is all about.
“That’s why we’re rotating guys and putting them in different spots. As we said last week, we’re trying to find the right combination.”
After playing 41 snaps in last weekend's loss to the Atlanta Falcons, Poustasi said he went looking for feedback from the Tennessee coaching staff.
“I wasn’t really looking for any compliments,” Poutasi said. “I was just looking for critiques, stuff I could work on. I still have a lot of stuff to work on.”
Sunday, against the St. Louis Rams, he may get to work on things against as a member of the Titans' starting offensive line.
(h/t The Tennessean)