3 advantages Colts would still have if Titans trade for Julio Jones
2. Offensive Line
The Colts wholeheartedly believe that a strong offensive line is a huge key to a consistent offense, and they have put their money where their mouth is by investing heavily in that spot over the years. Of course, this line is regarded as one of the best in the business thanks to the superstar at left guard.
Three-time All-Pro Quenton Nelson is the engine that makes this line go, but the presence of Ryan Kelly at center and Braden Smith at right tackle give Indy peace of mind when dialing up a long pass play. The rivals over in Tennessee wish that they had this sort of continuity.
The Colts’ offensive line is better and deeper than Tennessee’s.
Taylor Lewan is fantastic, but his injuries should make the Titans more nervous whenever he suits up. Rodger Saffold is great, but he’s not Nelson. Isaiah Wilson was supposed to be the long-term fixture at right tackle, but his career looks to be over after just one year.
Ryan Tannehill has turned his career around in Tennessee and Derrick Henry ran for 2,000 yards behind that line, but Arthur Smith’s unique offensive scheme is in Atlanta, and Todd Downing didn’t exactly nail it with the Raiders. That line could start to show some cracks this season, which is good news for Indianapolis.