Six days before the Tennessee Titans open their 2013 regular-season schedule against the Pittsburgh Steelers. That’s how long it took for head coach Mike Munchak and company to announce that Alterraun Verner has beaten Tommie Campbell for the No. 2 cornerback job. Campbell will return to his No. 4 position on the depth chart. Coty Sensabaugh is the nickelback.
Campbell didn’t do himself any favors when he whiffed against Minnesota Vikings running back Joe Banyard in the preseason finale. Although Campbell has the physical attributes that the coaches prefer in a man-press scheme, he lacks Verner’s intelligence and experience.
Each player had his share of forgettable moments. Verner couldn’t consistently get his hands on the receivers at the line of scrimmage. One of those instances happened when Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones ran past him for a 42-yard gain. Campbell played extremely conservative and didn’t tackle well. He did seem to match up better against Jones’ height and speed.
Watch for Jason McCourty and Verner to team up against the Steelers’ speedy tandem that includes Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders. With a depleted backfield that includes an injury to Le’Veon Bell, look for the Steelers to pass the football. It’s crucial that the Titans secondary plays well and keep the big-play opportunities to a minimum.