Titans vs. Buccaneers: Still no word on Caleb Farley, Elijah Molden

Caleb Farley, Tennessee Titans (Mandatory Credit: Imagn Images photo pool)
Caleb Farley, Tennessee Titans (Mandatory Credit: Imagn Images photo pool) /

It’s game day. The hour approaches. Kickoff will soon be imminent, and though we know the Tennessee Titans will meet the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 2 of the NFL preseason at Raymond James Stadium, no one has any real ideas on what that will look like.

Bucs head coach Bruce Arians has already stated that the appearance of his starters in this one is doubtful. Might Tennessee follow suit? Honestly, at this point, it’s easy to make the statement that playing the starters doesn’t really make a ton of sense.

Titans fans shouldn’t be surprised if two rookie defensive backs sit this one out.

At this point of his young career, Caleb Farley hasn’t actually been named a starter yet even though we all know that the general consensus is the Titans hope he’ll slide outside and assume that role at some point.

He’s gotten onto the practice field early than most expected. If you’ll remember, there were questions about whether or not he’d even be ready for the 2021 regular-season opener, but he didn’t participate in Tennessee’s first preseason game of the season versus the Atlanta Falcons. There’s some theory as well that he may not play in the second preseason game either.

The same can be said about Elijah Molden. The rookie defensive back is someone that everyone wants to see. Titans head coach Mike Vrabel met with the Tennessee media on Thursday, August 19th but wasn’t ready to commit to anything in relation to whether or not Farley and Molden will play.

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As you know, injury reports aren’t something that we see during the course of the preseason. We’ll more than likely know something closer to game time, but for now, the first in-game appearance by two talented corners that much of the Titans fan base is excited about seems to be on hold for at least another week.