Lesson No. 3: Thin at cornerback
Injuries have really hit the Titans hard of late, and in particular to the secondary.
Already without Malcolm Butler and his replacement, LeShaun Sims, the Titans also lost Adoree’ Jackson after he exited the Week 13 game early with a leg injury. While it’s too early to tell just how serious it is, Jackson’s status moving forward is definitely a cause concern.
If both Sims and Jackson are out next week, the Titans will have to deploy some combination of Cruikshank, Smith and Kareem Orr. Hopefully that won’t happen and Smith and/or Jackson will return in Week 14 against the Oakland Raiders.
When you look at the remaining teams on the Titans’ schedule, having a depth problem at cornerback is that last thing they can afford. The Raiders, Houston Texans (two times) and New Orleans Saints can all throw the rock and Tennessee’s defense will have a tough time defending that with the secondary ailing the way it is now.