As the Tennessee Titans get ready to open the regular season, there are still a few things left to be sorted out roster-wise.
One place where a decision has been made for now apparently is at cornerback where, not surprisingly, Kristian Fulton will get the first shot to start opposite Janoris "Jackrabbit" Jenkins, leaving rookie Caleb Farley time to continue to develop.
Mike Vrabel offered that first-round pick Caleb Farley will likely not be in the starting lineup when the Titans open Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.
Farley, who had back surgery in March, began training camp on the non-football injury list, but was activated in early August onto the regular training camp roster. Since that time, the Titans have been easing him into action, but it appears that Kristian Fulton and Janoris “Jackrabbit” Jenkins will get the nod as the starting cornerbacks.
“He has to try and work his way into and try and be one of those guys that develops a role for us on this football team. When that happens or we feel like he's done that, that'll show. He's working,” Coach Mike Vrabel said. “We've increased his reps throughout training camp and throughout preseason games, so we'll see where that is this week after a few days off and how he responds and what he looks like.”
As for Fulton, Vrabel is hopeful he will be one of the players to make a big leap from his rookie year, which was plagued by injuries and no off-season.
“Those guys are going to be starters for us on Sunday,” he said of Fulton among other second-year guys. “They have to take the work they put in, all the stuff they did in training camp, the corrections, the improvement and now have to go out and do it in the regular season,” Vrabel said.
Based on indications from preseason, rookie third-round pick Elijah Moulden could be getting the assignment as the nickelback.
Vrabel added that the Titans still have not finalized a decision at right tackle, where a number of veterans have been vying for that role. Kendall Lamm is back from injury, as is Ty Sambrailo, while David Quessenberry got plenty of work there in camp and preseason while both Lamm and Sambrailo were making their way back from injuries.
“I think Kendall will have opportunities, Ty will have opportunities, but I'm not ready to name a starter yet. I think all of those guys will play for us. Quiz has been out there, he's been very efficient and he's been very durable,” Vrabel said.
Rookie second-round pick Dillon Radunz appears to be down the depth chart in the tackle battle, as he tries to make the leap from FCS North Dakota State to the NFL. He saw time at both right guard and right tackle in preseason.
The ever-evolving Covid-19 reserve list gave back another player to the roster Monday when tight end Geoff Swaim was added back to the 53-man roster with cornerback Chris Jones being pushed off the roster to make room.
Also, starting center Ben Jones and starting right guard Nate Davis remain on the Covid reserve list, but could return and practice later this week.