The battle for the Tennessee Titans' starting cornerback position opposite of Pro Bowler Cortland Finnegan has become one of the team's more interesting battles as training camp approaches.
With Nick Harper no longer wearing the two-toned blue and an injury to veteran Rod Hood that unfortunately ended his season before it even started, a motley crew of youngsters fight on as they attempt to earn the right to team up with Finnegan as the Titans' starting corners.
Here's a look at the guys competing for starting cornerback position #2.
A couple weeks ago, FO colleague Doug Farrar wrote me an email asking about what aspect of the Titans he should write about for his series on Yahoo on addressing how every team might address their biggest weakness. The biggest weakness last year for the Titans was, in my view, pass defense. Unfortunately, the offseason attempts to improve that, drafting Morgan, signing Witherspoon, finding a new starter at corner opposite Finnegan, and hoping Michael Griffin (a) is healthy and (b) pulls his head out of his you-know-what, aren't very interesting schematically.
The more interesting question was, if those defensive improvements don't work or have only moderate effect, how will the Titans win games? As Andrew chronicled, CJ2k is likely to end up more like CJ1.4k, so it will have be on the strength of Vince Young throwing the football. VY's most visible comparative strength, for NFL quarterbacks, remains his mobility, and I glommed onto plays using that, most notably the touchdown pass to Kenny Britt in the Monday night win against the Texans. A closer look at that play, though, reveals the basic weakness of a scheme built around plays like that.
In 2009, for the first time in over ten years, the Tennessee Titans decided to once again dip their hands into the NFL Draft's first-round wide receiver cookie jar by selecting Kenny Britt.
The former Rutgers star failed to disappoint, stepping up with a more-than-solid first-year campaign in the form of 42 catches for 701 and three touchdowns. He was a physical presence at WR, contributing as a blocker in the run game in addition to emerging as perhaps the team's most formidable downfield threat in the passing game.
Despite slipping into Jeff Fisher's doghouse due to failing to stay in shape during the offseason, I'm still pretty optimistic about the continued development of Kenny Britt in 2010.
As we continue to wade through the seemingly endless waters of the NFL offseason, some unfortunate news pertaining to the Tennessee Titans emerged yesterday evening. Quarterback Vince Young was involved in an altercation at a Dallas-based club and was issued an assault citation for his actions.
With OTAs resuming over the course of the next few days, this incident can certainly be viewed as an unnecessary distraction for a Titans' team that is preparing itself for training camp.