Last year, Tommie Campbell challenged in training camp for a starting cornerback position.
But once the preseason began, Campbell gave up a touchdown pass to Braylon Edwards, then with Seattle, in the first game and he was quickly relegated back to the bench.
Campbell has been sharing first team reps with Alterraun Verner again this summer in camp, though he was relegated to the second team in Thursday's 22-21 loss to the Washington Redskins.
And by some estimations, Campbell didn't make the most of his first opportunity of this preseason, as Redskins backup quarterback Rex Grossman threw his way several times, finding open receivers as Campbell seemed to give too much cushion in Tennessee's soft zone.
Admittedly, zone is not Campbell's strongest suit, but even Mike Munchak said the cornerback needed to be more aggressive.
“I thought he was a little tentative. I think the first time out a lot of times, ... For Tommie, I thought again maybe he was a little tentative at times. Again, when he watches it he’ll probably say, ‘Yeah, I could have done this or done that.’ But, I think as the game wore on he started playing better and better,” Munchak said.
Campbell's assessment right after the 22-21 loss to the Redskins was one that he had played OK.
“I didn't think I played too bad, but we were going against some small, quick receivers,” he said. “Honestly, I think I played pretty well. There was one route where I took a bad angle on, but other than that, I thought I played OK against the run and the pass.”
He is hoping that matching up next week against the Bengals will be better for him.
“They have some bigger guys, and that's my strength, going against bigger guys. I'm going to work and continue to get better and make some corrections and build on it,” Campbell said.
While Campbell is hoping that the game at Cincinnati will be his turn to start at right cornerback, Munchak did not indicate that that was a given, as Alterraun Verner was solid against Washington.
“We haven’t really talked about that. I think Alterraun Verner did a nice job, and (Jason) McCourty is our guy there, too. We haven’t really talked about doing that at this point, but we’ll see,” he said.
Munchak said that tackle David Stewart (ankle) should return this week and play against Cincinnati.
Linebackers Colin McCarthy (hamstring) and Zaviar Gooden (ankle) will be out again this week, but center Brian Schwenkie (hamstring) should be close to returning.
Tight end Delanie Walker, who has been on PUP with a knee injury, is close to being activated and the Titans hope he can play in week three of the preseason against Atlanta.
Kicker Rob Bironas, who has had a sore back, should be back this week against the Bengals.
Munchak said that a few players suffered injuries against Washington, but none were serious. Those included Marc Mariani (shoulder), Greg Jones (ankle) and Markelle Martin (calf/hamstring).
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