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Titans' OL switch smooth transition

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By Mike Wilkening

The Titans' offense hasn't undergone much change in the offseason. The club signed just one restricted free agent on that side of the ball — QB Chris Simms — and Simms, arrested on July 1 in New York City on charges of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of marijuana, is vying for a reserve role. In the draft, the Titans drafted three offensive players, most notably WR Damian Williams in Round Three, but none is expected to start.

The most notable shake-up on offense — the moves of Eugene Amano from left guard to center and Leroy Harris from a reserve to the starting left guard — doesn't appear to be a very big deal at all, as the transition has gone well to date, the way we hear it. Harris, who started at left guard against the Jets last season (in addition to one start at right tackle) and has three years' experience as a reserve, is well-regarded by the Titans. Amano, whom the Titans re-signed in the offseason, has played center in the NFL before, logging a combined four starts at the position in 2004 and '07.

"There is a tremendous amount of experience out there," head coach Jeff Fisher, speaking to Nashville reporters in June, said of the move of Amano to center and Harris to guard. "It is not like we are stepping somebody up into a new role that has not played. They have all played well together, so I'm pleased with how they are doing."


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