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McCourty, Verner battle still ongoing

  • TerryMc13

    The competition isn't over yet, but on Monday, second-year man Jason McCourty stayed at the right cornerback spot with the first unit in practice while Cortland Finnegan returned to left.
    Both McCourty and rookie Alterraun Verner cautioned not to read too much into that just yet, as the Titans still have not announced which player has won the open spot opposite Finnegan.
    While Finnegan was out with a groin injury, McCourty played mostly on the right side and Verner had manned the left side.
    “I'm not really thinking about it. You never know, Vern could be the guy up tomorrow. So I'm not really trying to think about where we are in terms of position right now. I'm just trying to focus on getting better out there,” McCourty said. “I look at that either way you go in there, you've got to get the job done. Right now in practice, if you're going in with the ones or going in with the twos, you've got to play good football.”
    Verner said both he and McCourty are in the dark about who will eventually be the starter.
    “We have no clue. We sit back everyday in practice and try and figure it out ourselves regarding the rotation. But we're just going out there and rotating and working hard,” Verner said.
    The rookie said that he knows he has given it his best shot, no matter what happens.
    “Jason went out there today, but that doesn't give any indication as to who they're going to have. It was just his turn today. We'll figure it out more and more as we go on,” Verner said. “I think I've done everything that was physically possible to do. I've worked hard. I've played 100 percent every single day, and if it wasn't good enough, it wasn't meant to be. I'll respect their decision and I don't think they can go wrong either way.”

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  • TerryMc13 said... (original post)

    The competition isn't over yet, but on Monday, second-year man Jason McCourty stayed at the right cornerback spot with the first unit in practice while Cortland Finnegan returned to left. Both McCourty and rookie Alterraun Verner cautioned not to read too much into that just yet, as the Titans still have not announced which player has won the open spot opposite Finnegan. While Finnegan was out with a groin injury, McCourty played mostly on the right side and Verner had manned the left side. “I'm not really thinking about it. You never know, Vern could be the guy up tomorrow. So I'm not really trying to think about where we are in terms of position right now. I'm just trying to focus on getting better out there,” McCourty said. “I look at that either way you go in there, you've got to get the job done. Right now in practice, if you're going in with the ones or going in with the twos, you've got to play good football.” Verner said both he and McCourty are in the dark about who will eventually be the starter. “We have no clue. We sit back everyday in practice and try and figure it out ourselves regarding the rotation. But we're just going out there and rotating and working hard,” Verner said. The rookie said that he knows he has given it his best shot, no matter what happens. “Jason went out there today, but that doesn't give any indication as to who they're going to have. It was just his turn today. We'll figure it out more and more as we go on,” Verner said. “I think I've done everything that was physically possible to do. I've worked hard. I've played 100 percent every single day, and if it wasn't good enough, it wasn't meant to be. I'll respect their decision and I don't think they can go wrong either way.”

    I read Finnegan will be matching up with a receiver this year. Like when we play the texans if Johnson is on the right, he'll be at the left cornerback position (The guy that guards the right receiver). If Johnson is on the left Finnegan will be at right cornerback position (The guy that guards the left receiver). You have to think, if he does this Verner and or McCourty would have to be on the other side.

  • TerryMc13

    TerryMc13 said... (original post)

    I read Finnegan will be matching up with a receiver this year. Like when we play the texans if Johnson is on the right, he'll be at the left cornerback position (The guy that guards the right receiver). If Johnson is on the left Finnegan will be at right cornerback position (The guy that guards the left receiver). You have to think, if he does this Verner and or McCourty would have to be on the other side.

    They will do more of that. They haven't said who still win the battle, but I'm thinking McCourty is probably the favorite right now with a slight edge. That said, Verner might still have the job in a few weeks if McCourty were to struggle. That's been their history in the past with guys like Andre Dyson and Michael Griffin.

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  • Hey Terry, if McCourty wins the battle, do you think the Titans will move Verner as the backup nickel? Do you think we will keep 6 safeties

  • TerryMc13

    TNfan15 said... (original post)

    Hey Terry, if McCourty wins the battle, do you think the Titans will move Verner as the backup nickel? Do you think we will keep 6 safeties

    Verner would be the dimeback and backup nickel. It's possible they could keep six safeties. They seem to like Schommer and I don't think they would cut Robert Johnson loose. Myron Rolle might be the odd man out. If they keep six safeties, keep in mind that Fuller's primary role is the nickel and Nickey's main job is on all the special teams.

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  • TerryMc13

    FYI, it looks like McCourty is going to start Thursday night.

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