After an up-and-down rookie campaign that saw him break into the starting lineup only to miss the last handful of games with an injury,
Lewan will enter the season as the team's starting left tackle, and he will have to improve his play both in order to protect likely starter Marcus Mariota and lift a run game that rushed for 100 yards or less in 12 games.
"I know what to expect now in year two," Lewan said. "I know the things I have to do to be successful, at least more than what I did last year. My job isn't necessarily telling guys what to do, but try and win every single sprint, try and lift the most weight, do the best in my blocking techniques. If anybody wants to be a leader, I think that is where you start."
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"That is the mentality that Zach has. He thinks of himself as a starter, and the guys in the locker room do also," Lewan said. "I don't think he is going to give it up easily,"
Lewan was the Titans' first-round pick in last year's draft.
According to the Tennessean, Lewan and Mettenberger aren't expected to play. Coach Ken Whisenhunt did not rule out the possibility of dressing Mettenberger as an emergency option.
Both Mettenberger and Lewan were listed as doubtful heading into the contest. Neither was expected to take the field. Gooden was listed as questionable due to a hamstring injury. The other four players listed are healthy scratches.
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