Oct 7, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Tennessee Titans defensive back Jason McCourty (30) against the Minnesota Vikings at the Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Titans 30-7. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
For the Tennessee Titans, pass defense has been a glaring issue for the past couple of years. Over the past couple months, the Titans secondary has received a lot of attention. Specifically at the safety position with the acquisition of free agents George Wilson and Bernard Pollard.
But what is the cornerback position shaping up to look like?
Most Titans faithful can point out the Titans two top cornerbacks with Jason McCourty and Alterraun Verner. Who is behind them? There are a few who could step in and take a substantial role in the secondary, maybe even sneaking in front of Verner. Let’s identify these players:
Tommie Campbell: Tommie is an interesting player who’s a freakishly athletic player. However, while he is freakishly athletic, after a slow start last year, Tommie found himself riding the bench most of the season. He has the skill-set, the physical attributes and the demeanor to be an asset to this secondary and could even play opposite McCourty. The real thing standing in his way is consistency.
Blidi-Wreh Wilson: The Titans spent a third-round pick on a corner who they believe can eventually step in and possibly replace Verner if he doesn’t return to Tennessee next season. Or maybe even be a guy who can play the corner opposite of McCourty. Blidi has the physical tools standing at 6’1 and running a 4.53 40. He has a chance to step into the rotation this season if he has a strong enough showing early on or could possibly make an appearance late if the season goes south to see what he has on the field.
Coty Sensabaugh: Sensabaugh is entering his second year and has a lot to prove. The Titans spent two picks on defensive backs, meaning that they feel they needed more options and depth at the position behind their two starters. Sensabaugh is seen as the early winner of the slot position at corner. It will be interesting to see what he does in camp and for the Titans this season.
Khalid Wooten: While the pick for Wooten was needed for depth out of the draft, his chances of seeing the field are very slim. He simply has too much talent in front of him to make an impact this season. Depth will be what Wooten provides this season, but could see some work in the return game.
The interesting matchup coming out of training camp and preseason will be to see who gets the nod opposite of McCourty on the corner. While Verner has more on the field experience, Campbell and Wreh-Wilson both possess massive potential, athletic ability and physical attributes that will give Verner a run for his starting spot.
In conclusion…keep an eye out on the Verner vs. Campbell vs. Wreh-Wilson matchup. It’s going to be a fun one to watch.