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On Thursday, the Tennessee Titans parted ways with offensive tackle Michael Oher, who was a former Ole Miss Rebel (2005-2008), former first round draft pick in the NFL, and became widely known from his life story that formed into the Box Office hit, The Blind Side.
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Oher finished one season as a Titan. In that lone season, Oher started in 11 games with the Titans and did not play in the next two due to being placed on injured reserve after a season-ending toe injury. This did not come as a surprise for many as Oher’s performances resulted with allowing more than 10 sacks on the season, included sacks resulted in injuries to quarterbacks Zach Mettenberger and Jake Locker.
Oher is not the only one who didn’t meet expectations in Nashville last season. Titans’ general manager Ruston Webster has made it clear that the offensive line is the most important investment in the franchise. The Titans’ past two first round draft picks have been offensive guard Chance Warmack (2013) and offensive tackle Taylor Lewan (2014). Last season, the Titans’ staff picked up Oher and guard Andy Levitre from the free agent stock. It was arguably the best offensive line depth chart on paper in the NFL, but had the worst production as a group on the field.
It is hard to believe the Titans just let go a former first round draft pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. But as Chris Trapasso pointed out, Oher’s production has continuously declined since his rookie season.
As far as Oher’s future in the NFL goes, due to his injury, it looks as though he may not be ready to play by next season. However, if Oher is picked up after going back on the free agent list, he will have to prove that he is still first string material.