Darius Reynaud had been walking a fine line for much of the season as the Tennessee Titans return man.
Ever since his step back into the end zone for a safety in the opening game at Pittsburgh, Reynaud's decision-making has been called in to question.
But after Sunday's 31-17 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, it sounds as if the return man, who scored three touchdowns last year on special teams, could be close to getting his walking papers. Or at the very least, the Titans will entertain a change at the position within the ranks.
With the Titans trailing 24-10 and having a faint hope of coming back Sunday with just over six minutes left, Reynaud's muffed punt was recovered in the end zone by San Francisco to again push the 49ers' lead to 21 points, and the game completely out of reach for the Titans.
“We're going to look at where changes are necessary and make them,” Coach Mike Munchak said. “That can't happen. It's definitely a concer and what we do, we will wait and see. But again, there just not his, but a few areas where we have to take a good look and make sure we are doing what is best for this football team to win.”
That wasn't the only questionable decision made by Reynaud on Sunday. He lost yardage, trying to reverse his field on a punt, and allowed a kickoff to bounce before he corralled it. Twice, his returns were stopped inside the 15-yard line on kickoffs.
“I'm trying to judge the ball, and at the same time trying to see where the gunners are, and by the time I got my eyes back up, the ball was right there in my face. I've got to close my elbows and catch that ball. I can't put our team in those type situations,” Reynaud said of his muffed punt. “The momentum was starting to change. We got the ball back down by 14 points. If we could have scored, we would have been down by seven. I can't put my team in that situation by making boneheaded mistakes like that.”
Reynaud was asked about his lack of ball security possibly jeopardizing his job security with the Titans.
“Whatever happens happens. All I've got to do is learn from my mistakes, and we'll see what happens in the next couple of weeks,” Reynaud said.