The Titans will see a couple of new faces in the secondary this season. Three-year starter Logan Ryan left the team this offseason as a free agent with the Titans not bringing him back despite a stellar statistical season for the team.
While the Titans still retain Malcolm Butler and Adoree’ Jackson, they needed some added depth at the cornerback position going into the offseason.
The best place to start is with their second round draft pick, where the Titans snagged Kristian Fulton from LSU.
Fulton was a projected first round pick who inexplicably slid to the Titans in the second round, and whose top-notch athleticism that makes him a potent cornerback if he can translate his game to the pros.
Tennessee also added long-time veteran Johnathan Joseph to solidify the depth behind those three and to be another veteran locker room presence.
The Titans must now figure out their rotation and cornerback skills to match up in the pass-happy NFL. While Jackson has predominantly played on the outside, his elite speed may push him into the slot corner position that Ryan previously took.
Joseph has played well throughout his career, but after 14 seasons, will not be able to be an every-down defensive back for the Titans. The team will look to Fulton to either man the outside or develop into a slot cover.
The preseason game against the Broncos will be a good start to see the matchups that Fulton is given.
The Broncos have a big physical receiver in Cortland Sutton and dynamic rookie in Jerry Jeudy. It’ll be interesting to see how the Titans look to move Fulton around and how he handles the different assignments. Regardless of whether the Titans trot out Fulton as slot corner or play him on the boundary, they will need to give him time to develop.