Titans still believe in Isaiah Wilson; first-round draft pick activated from suspension

Drake Hills
Nashville Tennessean

The Titans activated first-round draft pick Isaiah Wilson from the reserve/suspended list on Monday, providing another opportunity for the offensive tackle to play. Despite his suspension for violating team rules last week and his arrest in September on a DUI charge, the Titans still believe in Wilson. 

"We're gonna continue to work and support Isaiah. That's our job," coach Mike Vrabel said Monday. "And we've brought him into this family. We have expectations for everybody that's associated with it, and we'll continue to coach him, to teach him, support him, but hold him to a standard that we hold everybody else to."

It's a standard Wilson has fallen short of since the Titans selected the 6-foot-6, 350-pounder 29th overall in 2020 draft. The 21-year-old also has been placed on the COVID-19/reserve list twice, postponing his needed presence on an offensive line also missing injured Taylor Lewan and Ty Sambrailo.

Wilson made his season debut in Week 12 against the Colts, playing only a few snaps. 

"I got a 20-year-old. I got an 18-year-old, so to think that they haven't made mistakes, they've made plenty of them," Vrabel said. "And so have I, and I would imagine so have a lot of other people."

After each setback, Wilson showed commitment and work ethic.

Without Lewan and Sambrailo, right guard David Quessenberry has slotted in at left tackle, keeping Dennis Kelly on the right side.

"Love isn't always about hugs and kisses. It's about holding them accountable and trying to make sure that they're doing the things that will help them and in turn help the team," Vrabel said. "I know that (general manager) Jon (Robinson) and myself, and the organization, is committed to trying to help Isaiah."

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