Cornerback Alterraun Verner will make his second start of the preseason Saturday night against the Alanta Falcons, while Rob Turner will start for the second time at center.
Both players started in the preseason opener against the Washington Redskins, but played with the second group last Saturday night in Cincinnati as Tommie Campbell started at right cornerback and Fernando Velasco, who was last year's starter at center, got the start in the middle.
While the competition isn't over, it would appear that by getting the start in “dress rehearsal” game against the Atlanta Falcons, Verner and Turner have a leg up on the competition.
Verner, who started last year a right cornerback, will play the first quarter on Saturday night and give way to Campbell in the second period.
“I feel job-wise, I've been a lot more consisent in his camp than in other camps,” Verner said.
As for Turner, the Titans like his nastiness and the way he handles himself in the middle of the offensive line. The center battle was originally expected to be a four-way competition, but rookie Brian Schwenkie has been injured for most of camp (He is expected to play this week), and Chris Spencer has played only with the backups in the first two preseason games.
Turner, who played guard with the second unit against Cincinnati, says he is his own worst critic at times.
“It's about taking care of what's asked of you. It's not always pretty,” said Turner, who started 16 games for the St. Louis Rams between center and guard last year. “There was a pass play I wasn't happy with playing guard Saturday night. It wasn't pretty. I didn't get a holding call, didn't give up a sack, but I wasn't happy with it and it's still eating at me. … I've always been kind of an edgy guy and the biggest thing for me is just staying on that edge and doing what's asked of me.”