As the Tennessee Titans head into their final preseason game Thursday night, most things except a few back of the roster spots should be settled.
But they are not.
Titans coach Mike Munchak said he and his staff still have to discuss what to do at the right cornerback position where both Alterraun Verner and Tommie Campbell have had their moments where they have struggled in preseason.
Saturday night, Verner, who coming into the game was the frontrunner, was called for an illegal contact penalty, a pass interference penalty and was also beaten deep by Julio Jones for a 42-yard gain. The Titans appeared mostly to be in man coverage when those plays occurred.
Campbell had struggled against Washington in the opener, and gave up a touchdown in the second game when he got the start against Cincinnati.
So apparently no final decision has yet been made.
“We haven’t made any final decisions on that position, no. As far as yesterday, they both played about the same amount of time,” Munchak said. “Again, we are just evaluating that now as we just watched the film today as a staff and deciding how we are going forward in the Minnesota game.
Munchak was asked if Verner hurt his chances Saturday night and took the non-committal tact.
“He got beat deep on the one ball. The penalties are questionable probably, of the calls that happened there against him, but they were called,” Munchak said. “Luckily, we were able to overcome those. I think it is something we are evaluating it and we haven’t made any final decisions on that position. We will do so here in the next few days.”
Verner, who is entering the final year of his contract, admits that he had to play better than he did against the Falcons.
“I look at it in preseason as being able to be in position to make a play on the ball and being there and not getting beat,” Verner said. “It's in the eye of the beholder. You look at it, it's two penalties and getting beat long, but in the grand scheme of things they only got six points out of all of that. So it could have been a lot worse if they are scoring touchdowns.”
The question now is might the Titans consider trying second-year pro Coty Sensabaugh at the spot, as he had six tackles Saturday night and has mostly played well as the team's nickelback and a second-string left cornerback.
The mighty Casey
Jurrell Casey has been one of the brightest spots on the Titans defense thus far this season.
Casey had a sack, strip and fumble recovery last week against Cincinnati, and also had 1.5 sacks for the Titans Saturday night.
The third-year defensive tackle played last year with elboy, shoulder and ankle issues, but says he is finally healthy again and glad to be contributing.
“I had the elbow injury and other injuries that held me back, but this year, I'm fully healthy and I'm ready to go. I'm just bringing everything I've got and trying to do big things to help my team,” said the third-year defensive tackle from Southern California.
Coach Mike Munchak sees plenty of impact that Casey is providing, even making rookie guard Chance Warmack more NFL ready by going against him every day in camp.
“I think it is his health. He hurt the elbow in the third (preseason) game last year. I thought he was playing real well then like he is now, and that set him back last year somewhat. He's got a great attitude. He works hard in practice, and I think that's why Chance is getting better and better, because he's playing against him every day in practice,” Munchak said. “I think he's helped Chance improve a lot since they've been working against each other in OTAs and training, because he's got great quickness, does a great job with his hands.
"That leverage thing, that's when it comes in handy. Being a guy that's 6-1, he gets a natural leverage on offensive linemen and that helps him too. Hopefully, we keep him healthy and he'll have a big year.”
Former Tennessee Titans linebacker Keith Bulluck was arrested on a felony robbery charge early Sunday morning as the result of an alleged altercation with a Nashville cab driver.
Bulluck, 36, was booked into the Metro Nashville Jail. His bond is set at $10,000 with a court appearance set for Sept. 26.
According to a release from Metro Nashville Police, United Cab driver Habib Hashi, 39, called 911 at 2:50 a.m. while parked outside a bar in the 1700 block of Church Street. Habib told responding West Precinct officers that he was waiting for a customer who had paid for him to hold the cab when a man he identified as Bulluck approached the cab and asked for a ride.
The cab driver said when he told Bulluck he already had a fare, Bulluck reached into the car through the front passenger window, grabbed him by the shirt and grabbed a $100 bill that Habib had in his hands. Police said Habib’s shirt and undershirt were torn.
Habib told police that the man responsible had gone to a nearby bank parking lot in the 1600 block of Church Street and followed the cab driver there, where he identified Bulluck as his alleged attacker.
Bulluck, who smelled of alcohol, according to a statement from police, was taken into custody. Habib told officers that he wanted to prosecute. He appeared before a judicial commissioner who then issued the robbery warrant.
Just hours before, Bulluck had been on WKRN Channel 2's broadcast of the Tennessee Titans game with the Atlanta Falcons as a color analyst with former Titans running back Eddie George and Channel 2 sports director Cory Curtis.