The Tennessee Titans got lucky this offseason when they signed offensive tackle Chris Hubbard before training camp. The only reason the Titans made the move was due to a six-game suspension to then-starting tackle Nicholas Petit-Frere, but in a turn of events, Hubbard has actually been the Titans' most consistent offensive lineman this year.
#Titans right tackle Chris Hubbard is expected to miss the rest of the season with a bicep injury, per source. Hubbard, a 10-year vet, started nine games for Tennessee.— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) November 21, 2023
Sadly, that makes the recent news on Hubbard even more deflating. According to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, Hubbard will miss the remainder of the season with a biceps injury. Hubbard started nine games so far this year and just returned in Week 11 from a concussion suffered in Week 9.
The ten-year veteran gave some stability on the right side of the line even if he wasn't playing at a pro-bowl level. Now, with Andre Dillard in concussion protocol, Petit-Frere on injured reserve and Hubbard out, the Titans are even thinner at a position they have been light at for two straight seasons.
With third-year player Dillon Radunz already filling the gap at left tackle, rookie offensive tackle Jaelyn Duncan will be asked to fill in for Hubbard. Duncan was drafted in the sixth round of this year's draft out of Maryland.
Duncan is considered somewhat of an athletic freak with his natural ability, but he is raw in terms of technique and play discipline. That was only the college scouting report though. Duncan has now been with the Titans for seven months. It is reasonable to think he has improved in that time.
Duncan got a chance to show what he has been working on when Hubbard exited in Week 11. Duncan took 25 offensive snaps and performed reasonably well. He allowed zero sacks and no pressures while also holding his own in the run game, while not being as impressive.
Getting a look at Duncan and allowing him to develop is a bright spot in this situation, but you balance that with the danger your are putting your rookie quarterback in behind these "developing" offensive tackles.
Regardless of the risk, the Titans appear to have no choice now and Hubbard is expected to go on injured reserve any day now.
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