SAN DIEGO _ Vincent Fuller was a team player in Sunday's 33-25 loss to the San Diego Chargers, even at the expense of his own playing time.
Fuller, the Titans' regular nickelback for most of his six NFL seasons, was dropped to the dimeback role and played only a handful of snaps in the game on defense.
Throughout the week of practice and in Sunday's game in nickel situations, Jason McCourty, in his first game back from a broken forearm, would come onto the field and play a regular cornerback spot with rookie starter Alterraun Verner sliding into the slot to play the nickel role.
“We put a game plan together, and that's the plan we've got to go out there and play it the way the coaches draw it up. That's what I did,” Fuller said. “I accepted my role and tried to go out there and help anyway I could.”
Fuller said he had a conversation with coaches, but would prefer to keep what was said private.
“You know, with the conversation that we had, I'd like to keep it between us and whatever I'm asked to do, that's the assignment I'll take throughout the season,” he said.
Fuller said he didn't know if the move from nickel to dime is permanent or was just a one-week plan for Sunday's game with the Chargrers.
While he might not have agreed with the decision, he said he is a team player first.
“As a player, of course, you want to be out there on the field as much as possible during the game, and you have to do what's best for the team to succeed and you have to play your role. Part of being a team player is playing the role assigned you, and I have no problem doing that,” Fuller said.
McCourty, back from a broken forearm, had his second interception of the season on Sunday, and said he is OK playing in his current role, even though it meant Verner looks to be the full-time starter at right cornerback for now. Verner had two interceptions and two fumble recoveries in the month McCourty was out.
“I talked to the coach and that's where they said they were going to play me. I was prepared and able to go out there play and I've just got to get used to whatever role the coaches want for me,” McCourty said.