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- Michael Roos (LT), Andy Levitre (LG), Brian Schwenke (C), Chance Warmack (RG), Taylor Lewan (RT)
- Michael Oher (LT/RT), Chris Spencer (G/C), Gabe Ikard (C), Byron Stingily (RT)
I've been very skeptical of the team's signing of Michael Oher in free agency, citing his poor play over the last four seasons of his career.
I could easily see Lewan winning a position battle with Oher this offseason, making Oher a very well-paid reserve for the upcoming season. Lewan saw reps at both left an right tackle during rookie minicamp over the weekend, according to The Tennessean:
"Today was my first significant reps at right tackle," said Lewan, who played strictly left tackle during his four years at Michigan. "So there were some growing pains there. Everybody thinks left tackle and right tackle are the same thing. They're not."
The rest of the starting unit is set after the wholesale change that took place on the interior during 2013's offseason. While using nine roster spots on offensive line may seem like one too many, the need to keep Stingily is there due to Roos being on the final year of his contract and the uncertainty of Oher's play.
Next offseason, the team is almost sure to let Roos walk and allow Lewan to slide over to his more natural position of left tackle. Stingily could then remain on the team as a swing tackle. Oher could either be cut or given the opportunity to start on the right side.
Overall, it's a choice made for the future of the franchise in mind.