Munchak acknowledged Turner and Verner looking like favorites to start at respective positions #Titans
— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) August 21, 2013
Turner will be center, Verner will be corner. But competitions leaning, not over, Munchak says. #Titans.
— Paul Kuharsky (@PaulKuharskyNFL) August 21, 2013
Offensive center and No. 2 cornerback were among the top training camp battles. Rob Turner (center) and Alterraun Verner (cornerback) are the favorites to start the Week 1 opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers. On Aug. 24, these two players can seal the deal with some quality first-team reps against the Atlanta Falcons.
Not much surprise about Verner. Tommie Campbell hasn’t taken advantage of his reps during the first two preseason games. At 6-3 and 205 pounds (ESPN), the Titans keep hoping that Campbell will develop into the No. 2 cornerback for their man-press scheme. It just hasn’t happened yet. Barring an injury or something significant, Verner will start opposite Jason McCourty. Campbell will likely return to his dimeback role.
Maybe the biggest surprise from camp has been Turner. At age 29, Turner has a nasty streak that head coach Mike Munchak seems to love. Turner could beat out last season’s starter (Fernando Velasco) and fourth-round draft pick Brian Schwenke, who’s missed the first two preseason games with a hamstring injury. Velasco would serve as a super-sub at offensive guard and center.
Two more preseason games left. Look for the coaching staff to finalize their starters after this third preseason game. They’ll put the finishing touches on the roster after the preseason finale (Aug. 29). Final cuts are Aug. 31.