Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak said the off-season OTAs would be prime time for experimenting with different fits and different packages in readying for the 2013 season.
Already, in an effort to give the defense, under the guidance of Jerry Gray and Gregg Williams, a much needed tune-up, the Titans are looking at using defensive end Scott Solomon on occasion at strong side linebacker in the nickel, and Karl Klug, a defensive tackle by trade, is getting some reps at end.
The latest experiment took place on Thursday with Alterraun Verner, a starting cornerback/nickelback for his entire four years with the Titans, got a look at free safety.
It was something the defensive staff asked Verner about and something he told them he would be willing to try if it helped the Titans improve.
“In high school I played it. They kind of mentioned it to me, and I asked them what my role was they just said they wanted to see what I could do back there,” Verner said. “I said it's no problem. I want to try and help the team as well as I can. So if they want me to do it, I'll go ahead and give it a try.”
Verner might have already been the Titans most versatile defensive back, having spent time both outside and in the nickel. Now, he could be adding safety to his repertoire in certain packages.
“We think that's a position he can also play. If he can help our team by doing something else and putting someone else in his spot, then we can put three corners on the field and do things that maybe you couldn't do if he wasn't that versatile,” Munchak said.
On Thursday, the “someone else” was Tommie Campbell, who has the size and speed to be a successful cornerback. Campbell's strength is man-to-man coverage, something the Titans plan on playing more of with Williams having input in the defensive scheme.
Verner said he really doesn't know how much, if any, safety he would play in the regular season. But said it at least gives coaches a level of comfort if he has to man the spot in an emergency in the regular season.
“If I have to guess, I can somehow play it in an emergency, and this is the time, so that they know I can do it rather than if we get to the season and I haven't it,” Verner said.