First Jason McCourty. Then Alterraun Verner.
Those two divided practice reps again on Wednesday, and neither player has indicated that he has moved past the other into the starting lineup for Sunday’s season opener against the Oakland Raiders.
Whether it is a charade or still an actual on-going competition for the right cornerback spot, Coach Jeff Fisher has refused to name the starter officially before Sunday. Last week, he went so far as to say the duo could split game reps vs. the Raiders.
With both players saying they are still in the dark as well, all they can continue to do is practice and ready themselves for whatever decision is rendered.
“I’m just going to prepare like I am the starter,” said Verner, the rookie fourth-rounder from UCLA. “ You’ve still got to prepare, because injuries do happen, and if one of them go down, I’ve got to be ready if I’m called upon. I prepare the same way either way.”
Asked if he had been told about the decision and told not to reveal it to the media, Verner replied, “I’m a pretty truthful person. We don’t know.”
McCourty, a second-year player from Rutgers, seconded that.
“We don’t know anything. You kind of just go about your business,” he said. “We’ve both been playing throughout the preseason, and we both have started. I think we’re both prepared, and we’re both preparing like we’re going to be the guy.”