Stock up: Nearly every Tennessee Titans defensive back
Few players need a bounceback season more than safety Kevin Byard.
After looking like he was on a Hall of Fame track in 2017, 2018, and 2019, 2020 looked like he was trying to play safety with cement in his cleats. He was slow to act and he just didn’t show any of the playmaking ability that he had for the majority of his career.
By all accounts, that has changed, and not only is he making more plays, but he is still firmly established as the leader of the defensive backs.
Speaking of the defensive backs, it is hard to pick out anyone who has made more training camp plays than Jackrabbit Jenkins who seems to have a firm grasp on one of the boundary cornerback jobs heading into the 2021 season.
Opposite him, Caleb Farley has started to ramp up his participation in practice and it is just in time. If he had waited a day or two longer, he might have lost ground to Kristian Fulton who has really started to thrive over the last week or so.
While the defensive coaches try to figure out where to put all three of those cornerbacks, safety Amani Hooker seems to be ready to pair with Kevin Byard in Week 1.
This group sounds exciting and for the most part, they have been every bit as dominating in practice as you want to see when Julio Jones and A.J. Brown are resting on the other side. It will be fascinating to see who plays on Friday and where they play.