Taylor Lewan
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Taylor Lewan with the Tennessee Titans in 2018
No. 77 – Tennessee Titans
Position:Tackle
Personal information
Born: (1991-07-22) July 22, 1991 (age 30)
Loomis, California
Height:6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Weight:309 lb (140 kg)
Career information
High school:Chaparral (Scottsdale, Arizona)
College:Michigan (2009–2013)
NFL Draft:2014 / Round: 1 / Pick: 11
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2021
Games played:103
Games started:98
Receptions:1
Receiving yards:10
Receiving touchdowns:1
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Taylor Curtis Lewan (born July 22, 1991) is an American football tackle for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Michigan, where he twice received first-team All-American honors, and was selected by the Titans in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. During his NFL career, Lewan was named to three consecutive Pro Bowls from 2016 to 2018.

Early years

Lewan was born in Loomis, California on July 22, 1991 to Dave Lewan and Kelly Riley.[3] Dave was an offensive lineman at the University of Minnesota. Prior to playing there, Dave Lewan played high school football for Oakridge Secondary School in London, Ontario, Canada, when his father's job took him to London from Minnesota. Taylor Lewan played his first three years of high school football for Cactus Shadows in Cave Creek, Arizona. He was a defensive end before transferring to Chaparral High School for his senior season, where he became an offensive lineman.[4][5]

Lewan was rated as a four-star prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com. He was selected as the fifth-best player in the state of Arizona and the 194th player nationally by Rivals.com. He was listed as the No. 3 most athletic offensive lineman and the fifth-most agile offensive lineman according to Rivals.com. He was a SuperPrep All-American and the nation's No. 10 overall offensive line prospect. He was selected to participate in the Under Armour All-America Game.[6]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Taylor Lewan
OT
Scottsdale, Arizona Chaparral (AZ) 6 ft 6.5 in (1.99 m) 270 lb (120 kg) 4.645 Dec 14, 2008 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:
4/5 stars
   Rivals:
4/5 stars
   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 80
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 20 (OT)   Rivals: 194, 16 (OT), 5 (AZ)  ESPN: 148, 12 (OT)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "Michigan Football Commitments". Rivals.com. Retrieved November 9, 2010.
  • "2009 Michigan Football Commits". Scout.com. Retrieved November 9, 2010.
  • "ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved November 9, 2010.
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com. Retrieved November 9, 2010.
  • "2009 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved November 9, 2010.

College career

2009 season

See also: 2009 Michigan Wolverines football team

Lewan with the Wolverines in 2012
Lewan with the Wolverines in 2012

Lewan enrolled at the University of Michigan, where he majored in general studies, and redshirted his freshman year.[7][8]

2010 season

See also: 2010 Michigan Wolverines football team

Although Lewan did not play in the 2010 season opener, he appeared in 11 games, including nine as a starter, during the 2010 season.[9] In 2010, he took over the starting left tackle role from Mark Huyge in the fourth game versus Bowling Green.[10] Michigan's offense displayed one of the top rushing attacks in the country, with quarterback Denard Robinson as the team's leading rusher behind protection by Lewan and fellow offensive linemen David Molk, Patrick Omameh, Steven Schilling, and Perry Dorrestein.

However, Lewan also displayed a knack for ill-timed, drive-killing penalties, mostly for false starts and personal fouls. These were attributed to his youth and aggressive nature on the field.[11][12]

In the first quarter of the Purdue game, Lewan recovered a fumble and returned it for 11 yards.[13]

After the 2010 season, Lewan was named by CollegeFootballNews.com to its Freshman All-America second team.[9]

2011 season

See also: 2011 Michigan Wolverines football team

As a redshirt sophomore, Lewan was a starting offensive tackle for the Wolverines. After failing to draw a penalty in Michigan's early games, Lewan was praised for becoming a more intelligent player.[14] He was Michigan's starting left tackle in the first seven games of the season and was named to Phil Steele's Midseason All-Big Ten second team.[9] Following the 2011 Big Ten Conference football season, he earned second team All-conference recognition.[15][16] He was an honorable mention All-American selectee by the Pro Football Weekly.[17]

2012 season

See also: 2012 Michigan Wolverines football team

Prior to the 2012 season, Lewan was selected by the media as one of five Big Ten Offensive players to watch along with teammate Denard Robinson as voted by the media.[18] Following the season, he was named the Big Ten Conference Offensive Lineman of the Year and named to the All-Big Ten first team by both the coaches and the media.[19][20] Lewan was a 2012 College Football All-America Team selection by the Associated Press (1st team),[21] ESPN (1st team),[22] Walter Camp Football Foundation (1st team),[23] Lindy's Sports (1st team),[24] Sports Illustrated (1st team),[25] CBSSports.com (2nd team), FoxSportsNext.com (Scout.com 2nd team),[26][27] and Pro Football Weekly (honorable mention).[28] CBSSports.com also named Lewan along with punter Will Hagerup to their All-Big Ten team.[29]

2013 season

See also: 2013 Michigan Wolverines football team

After the 2013 season, Lewan was named Big Ten Conference Offensive Lineman of the Year for the second season in a row.[2]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 7+18 in
(2.01 m)
309 lb
(140 kg)
33+78 in
(0.86 m)
9+14 in
(0.23 m)
4.85 s 1.70 s 4.49 s 7.39 s 30+12 in
(0.77 m)
9 ft 9 in
(2.97 m)
29 reps
All values from NFL Combine[30]

2014–2015: Early career

Lewan in his rookie season
Lewan in his rookie season

Lewan was selected by the Tennessee Titans as the eleventh pick of the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.[31] He signed a four-year $11.48 million fully guaranteed contract and a signing bonus of $6.67 million.[32] In his rookie year in 2014, Lewan played in 11 games starting six of them due to injuries, he was named to the PFWA All-Rookie team. The Titans finished with a league-worst 2-14 record.

Coming into the 2015 season, Lewan was named the starting left tackle. He started in 15 games and allowed five sacks.[33] The Titans finished with another league-worst record of 3-13.

2016–2018: Pro Bowl seasons

Lewan in 2016
Lewan in 2016

In 2016, Lewan remained the starting left tackle, starting all 16 games and blocking for DeMarco Murray as he led the AFC in rushing yards and finished third in the league.

On October 23, 2016, Lewan scored his first NFL touchdown on a 10-yard pass from Marcus Mariota in a 34-26 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. Three weeks later, Lewan was ejected during the first quarter in a 47-25 victory against the Green Bay Packers after pushing a referee during an altercation with defensive tackle Letroy Guion.[34] Lewan was selected to his first Pro Bowl for the 2016 season.[35] The Titans finished with a 9-7 record and narrowly missed the playoffs. Lewan was ranked 72nd by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2017.[36]

On April 25, 2017, the Titans picked up the fifth-year option on Lewan's rookie contract.[37] Lewan stated all 16 games in 2017 as the Titans finished with another 9-7 record. On December 19, 2017, Lewan was named to his second Pro Bowl.[38] He was ranked 78th by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2018.

On July 27, 2018, Lewan signed five-year, $80 million contract extension with the Titans with $50 million guaranteed, making him the highest-paid offensive lineman in league history.[39]

During a 27-20 Week 1 road loss to the Miami Dolphins, Lewan suffered a concussion after a blind side hit by Andre Branch.[40] Lewan missed the rest of the game and the next game against the Houston Texans. He returned from concussion protocol prior during Week 3 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.[41] Branch was fined $10,026 for taunting following the hit.[42] During a 13-12 Week 5 loss to the Buffalo Bills, Lewan left the game early due to a foot injury.[43] He had an MRI, but returned the next week against the Baltimore Ravens. On December 18, 2018, Lewan was selected to his third consecutive Pro Bowl.[44] The Titans missed the playoffs due to a 33-17 loss to the Indianapolis Colts in Week 17, finishing with a 9-7 record for the third consecutive year. Lewan finished the 2018 season starting 15 out of 16 games. He was ranked 77th by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2019.

2019–present

On July 24, 2019, Lewan announced in a video that he was suspended four games after failing a drug test for a banned substance.[45] He was reinstated from suspension on September 30 and was activated on October 4.[46] Lewan started all twelve of the Titans' remaining regular-season games, blocking for Derrick Henry as he won the league rushing yards title. The Titans finished 9-7 for the fourth consecutive year and qualified for the 2019-20 NFL playoffs, making it to their first AFC Championship Game since 2003 where they lost to eventual Super Bowl LIV champions Kansas City Chiefs. Lewan started all three of the Titans playoff games, blocking for Henry as he ran for almost 200 rushing yards in each of the first two games.

Lewan started the first five games of the 2020 season. During a Week 6 42-36 overtime victory over the Houston Texans, Lewan tore his ACL and was placed on injured reserve on October 19, 2020.[47]

Legal troubles and controversy

On October 30, 2014, Lewan pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges of drunk and disorderly and disturbing the peace in a Washtenaw County district courthouse. The plea deal included the dismissal of one count of aggravated assault and two counts of assault and battery. These charges stemmed from an incident where he allegedly assaulted two Ohio State fans outside of the Brown Jug restaurant during the early morning hours of December 1, 2013.[48]

In 2009, Lewan's Michigan Football teammate Brendan Gibbons was arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting an 18-year-old freshman at the school.[49] According to the victim of the assault, Lewan began threatening her if she pursued charges against Gibbons: Lewan allegedly said "I'm going to rape her because, [Gibbons] didn't."[50] Lewan denies making this statement, saying: "I've said a lot of dumb things, but those are not things I've said."[50]

Personal life

Lewan resides in Nashville with his wife, Taylin, and his daughters, Wynne and Willow.[51] Taylor and former teammate Will Compton started a podcast in the summer of 2019 called “Bussin With the Boys” on the Barstool Sports network.

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