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Titans coach Jeff Fisher was asked if he had ranked the contenders for the starting cornerback spot opposite Cortland Finnegan in any particular order after two preseason games and with training camp winding up on Thursday.
“I'm not going to put one over the other, because they're all improving. And for our football team, that’s a good thing because our depth is improving,” Fisher said.
Point taken, coach. But at TitanInsider we don’t want to settle for the politically correct answer in the competition after three weeks of training camp.
So with two preseason games left before the season opener Sept. 12 against Oakland, TitanInsider will rank the corners.
1) Alterraun Verner. This kid has shown a comfort level not often seen in a rookie. He’s confident in his abilities and his knack for finding the football shows up on almost a daily basis in practice. Yes, if the Titans start a rookie cornerback, there will be times that he will be lost and give up plays. But in the long run, Verner looks like a natural fit to be the starter.
2) Jason McCourty. Last year’s sixth-round pick is probably the early favorite to start the season opener, and if he does well, he could hold onto the job. He played well in the preseason opener at Seattle, and carried out his assignments in practice, and readily owned up to a couple of mistakes he made against the Cardinals. Accountability. That goes a long way in showing a player is ready for a starting role.
3) Ryan Mouton. Mouton was victimized a couple of times by the Seahawks in week one, most notably Mike Williams’ 51-yard touchdown. He missed a couple of practices with a groin problem, but came back and made a couple of nice breakups against Arizona. Still, he’s probably fallen behind McCourty and Verner a bit in the pecking order.
4) Tye Hill. So much time lost to a hamstring injury has him behind the other three in the derby. Still, the former first-round pick probably sticks on the roster, especially given the lack of numbers the Titans have in camp at the corner position. At this juncture, however, he needs a strong finish to move up beyond No. 5 on the depth chart.
This post was edited by TerryMc13 on 8/24/2010 at 10:04 PM
TitanInsider: Any closer and you'd be in the huddle.
Handicapped? I know Mouton has played poorly so far, but come on...
Good news: Mouton didn't make any big mistakes in week 2. McCourty did but they weren't big mistakes. I just felt like I was watching Nick Harper 2.0... you know give up the catch but make the tackle immediately.
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