Titans Mail: Letting Will Levis Throw, Using Rookies, Next Year's OL

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- While you're enjoying a big day of college football, I feel you should also enjoy a Titans' mailbag.

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Titans Full Tilt

The Titans are in an interesting spot Sunday. Does last week's win over a terrible team have any carryover? Does the Titans' far better play at home continue in its first division game in Nashville? 

On to the best of what you asked...

How would you respond to the narrative that the Titans are not letting Will Levis throw?

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To Win Again, Titans Need Top Performance From Defensive Front vs. Colts

To Win Again, Titans Need Top Performance From Defensive Front vs. Colts

By BLAKE BEDDINGFIELD, special correspondent

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans’ competition steps up this week with the Colts coming to town.

Despite losing Jonathan Taylor to an injury the Titans will still have to deal with Zach Moss who went for 165 yards on the ground for a 7.2-yard average in their first matchup. If you’re the Titans, that can’t happen again. Tennessee’s run defense was very good last week versus the Panthers and the defensive line has shown some recent dominance at times. 

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Jeffery Simmons/ Angie Flatt

This game will come down to how dominant the Titans' defensive front can be.  

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PK TV: The Titans Ahead Of The Rematch With The Colts

PK TVNASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Some people got excited about the Titans' win against the Panthers and dared to peek at what an extended winning streak would mean for playoff chances.

Others remain adamant that they want the team to lose every game in the name of the best possible draft position.

I don't think the Titans are winning out, but I suspect they are going to find a couple of wins along the way to the end of the season. And you can't convince me winning isn't important for Will Levis and other young Titans who have already started building what those draft picks will join in on.

It's something we discussed along with expectations for Derrick Henry in a rematch with the Colts and Mike Vrabel's future after conflicting reports.

Thanks to those who joined me at halftime of Thursday Night Football to discuss all things Titans as we get ready for Indianapolis' visit.

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Podcast: 'Cool' Plays, Mike Vrabel's Future, Will Levis' Leadership

Podcast: 'Cool' Plays, Mike Vrabel's Future, Will Levis' Leadership

The Paul Kuharsky PodcastNASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Mike Vrabel has often used the word "cool" in discussing the Titans offense. He's typically talking about cool plays.

Cool plays he saw throughout a game amid a lot of mediocre stuff or cool things that were on the verge of happening that didn't because of self-inflicted wounds, something else he speaks about quite a bit.

That's where we start this week's edition of The Paul Kuharsky Podcast.The new episode awaits you on Apple, Spotify, Google Podcasts, TuneIn, iHeart and YouTube, which is also embedded below.

Other subjects I dive into:

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Film Review Of Jaelyn Duncan’s First Start For Titans

Film Review Of Jaelyn Duncan’s First Start For Titans

By MIKE HERNDON, columnist

The youth movement on the Titans offense is fully underway at this point in the season. On Sunday against the Panthers, Tennessee saw three rookies play every snap of the game on offense as sixth-round tackle Jaelyn Duncan joined fellow 2023 NFL Draft classmates Peter Skoronski and Will Levis among the starters for Mike Vrabel.

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Jaelyn Duncan (79)/ Angie Flatt

In fact, there were several snaps that saw the Titans line up with five rookies on the field together with running back Tyjae Spears and tight end Josh Whyle coming off the bench to join the three starters. That’s not something that often happens at the NFL level, but that’s a good indicator of how much the remainder of 2023 has turned into an evaluation exercise for the coaching staff and front office to determine how many of these young players can be counted on to help in 2024 and beyond.

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Titans: Pass Rush Revival, Tyjae Spears And The AFC Standings

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – When faced with complaints about the quality of an opponent, I’ve long said you can only beat who’s in front of you. So we can’t downgrade the Titans for the win over the miserable Panthers on Sunday. 

It gives the team a nice reset and a confidence boost that they can still find a way to win.

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Arden Key closes in on Bryce Young/ Angie Flatt

But context is important too. 

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Join ZenSports For A Titans-Colts VIP Tailgate And Game Experience On Sunday

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Breaking Down the Titans' Win: Surprise Rookie Standouts, Top Defensive Plays And Worrying Team Mistakes

Breaking Down the Titans' Win: Surprise Rookie Standouts, Top Defensive Plays And Worrying Team Mistakes

By BLAKE BEDDINGFIELD, special correspondent

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans needed a game like this.  

The Panthers are the worst team in the league without a true playmaker on either side of the ball.  

The encouraging part for the Titans was they found success in the run game and their passing attack when they needed it.  

Derrick Henry
Derick Henry/ Courtesy Tennessee Titans

On defense, they were excellent in their run defense and also harassing rookie QB Bryce Young all four quarters.

The usage of Derrick Henry (18 carries for 76 yards and two TDs) was what was needed to take pressure off the offensive line and Will Levis. He forced the Panthers to bring a safety around the box to help in the run game.

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