Desmond king

Nickelback Desmond King (20) has been acquired by the Titans from the Los Angeles Chargers in exchange for a reported sixth-round draft pick.

The Tennessee Titans made a move to bolster their struggling defense on Monday, acquiring cornerback and return man Desmond King from the Los Angeles Chargers, a source confirmed to TitanInsider.com.

King, a fifth-round pick of the Chargers in 2017, is expected to help a Tennessee secondary that is depleted by injuries to Adoree' Jackson and Kristian Fulton.

King has played in six games for the Chargers this season with three starts He has one sack. King is also a punt and kickoff returner, who could help the Titans in that area. Kalif Raymond has been handling both of those duties for the Titans.

King, 25, has mainly played as a nickelback and will start there in his Titans tenure when that begins. King can blitz as the nickelback, something the Titans have missed this season with the free agent loss of Logan Ryan.

“Jon (Robinson) and I talked, and he's a player that we felt like could come in and help us. He's been disruptive over the course of his career,” Vrabel said.

King will be involved in Zoom meetings, but might not be allowed into the building until Saturday at the earlier as he goes through the Covid-19 protocols once he arrives in Nashville.

“We'll see where he's at. He's going to be away from the building for awhile going through the protocols,” Vrabel said.

Injury update

Receiver Adam Humphries is up and moving around, but is still in the concussion protocol, according to Vrabel.

Humphries took a hard hit Sunday while going for a pass and had to be carted off. No penalty was called on Bengals defensive back Mackensie Alexander who applied the hit.

Punter Brett Kern had a hand injury on the botched extra point play, and is being examined. The Titans are hopeful to know more later in the week as to whether Kern can catch snaps and also can hold for place-kicks.

Adoree' Jackson is expected to practice Wednesday, and the Titans need to make a decision on him by the end of the week. Vrabel said the Titans would evaluate Jackson, who has been out all season with a knee injury and "do what is best for the player and the team."

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