NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Ryan Jansen and Ali Marpet dug in at the snap, two high-quality interior offensive linemen who are part of the defending Super Bowl champions.

With Tom Brady fielding a shotgun snap behind them and starting to survey the field, the duo worked together to slow one man.

Jefferey Simmons, Tennessee Titans

Pool photo, George Walker, The Tennessean

No, Jeffery Simmons didn’t get to the NFL’s three-time MVP and five-time Super Bowl MVP. But he did start low, churn his legs, show great upper-body strength and push Jansen and Marpet back, helping move the line of scrimmage and influence the play during one of the joint Titans-Bucs practices last week.

As Simmons looks to be a more disruptive pass-rusher in his third year, rounding out his very solid run defense, he’s going to have to do so despite frequent double-teams.

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