Tennessee Titans cast a wide net in search of DB

NASHVILLE — No one can say the Tennessee Titans haven’t tried — and aren’t continuing to try — to solve their pass coverage issues.

Since returning from last Sunday’s opening date to the schedule, the Titans have signed one defensive back – Josh Thompson – to the active roster and added two more – Kyron Brown and Steven Parker – to the roster. coaching.

As it stands, there are 12 safeties and cornerbacks on the active roster with three more on the practice squad. Three others, including two who played in games, are on injured reserve and two who spent time on the practice squad are no longer with the team.

That’s 20 different players in all who have played or been available to play, which is almost double the number for the season initial list of 53 men. That instability is undeniably a reason Tennessee (3-2) entered the NFL’s last Week 7 on pass defense averaging 287.6 passing yards allowed per game and last averaging 7.94 yards allowed per pass.

If form holds, Thompson won’t have to wait to make his Titans debut. Already this season, players like safety Andrew Adams and cornerback Terrance Mitchell have worn the uniform days after joining the Titans.

“Obviously it happened quickly,” Thompson said. “I kind of just tried to adapt to it…come here and learn the system. It’s weird going from a different team to a new team.

Brown and Parker will have to wait. Neither were among standard elevations of the practice squad for this week’s competition.

A look at the defensive backs the Tennessee Titans have used this season:


Kevin Byard, S: The undisputed leader of the defense and one of two secondary members who started every game. He is tied for the team lead with 37 tackles and one interception.

Roger McCreary, BC: The second-round draft pick started every game and he moved between the outside and the slot often. Played more snaps than any other defensive player.

Kristian Fulton, BC: Started four games but missed Week 2 loss at Buffalo with a hamstring injury. In the only defending player with a forced fumble and a recovered fumble.

Amani Hooker, S: Started first three games but missed next two due to concussion. Will be back in the lineup this week. Is the only secondary member with multiple passes defended.

Caleb Farley, BC: Played in all games with a start (Week 2 at Buffalo). Was benched twice in the last three contests after giving up a big win.

Ugo Amadi, DB: Acquired in a trade with Philadelphia at the end of the preseason. Played in the first two games, mostly as a cornerback, but has been out with injury since.

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Terrance Mitchell, BC: Signed New England practice squad after Week 2. Played extensively in each of three contests since and was credited with starts in each of the last two.

Andrew Adams, S: Signed Pittsburgh Steelers practice squad after Week 2. Started in place of Amani Hooker in Week 4 and played as a reserve in Week 5.

Lonnie Johnson, Jr., DB: Inactive week 1 due to injury. Has been a defensive role player in Weeks 2 and 3, but has been limited to special teams only in the last two contests.

Joshua Kalu, S: A role player in each of the first four games. Started in place of Hooker in Washington in Week 5. Was a key player on special teams as well.

Tre Avery, BC: Made the regular season roster as an undrafted rookie, played in each of the first four games, as a special teams player in Weeks 1, 3, and 4, and as a starter on defense in Week 2 at Buffalo. He was inactive in Washington.

Josh Thompson, DB: Signed Jacksonville’s practice squad on Monday. An undrafted University of Texas rookie who spent the offseason and preseason with the Jaguars. Has yet to make his NFL debut.


Elijah Molden, DB: He has been on the injured list since the start of the regular season and has yet to play a game.

AJ Moore, S: A free agent addition during the offseason. Played five snaps on special teams in Game 1 against the New York Giants before being injured. Has been on the injured list ever since and is expected to miss the remainder of the season.

Chris Jackson, BC: Started the season on the practice squad, played in Week 2 at Buffalo after being signed to the active roster, but has since been injured.


Kyron Brown, DB: Signed to practice squad on Tuesday. Undrafted from Akron in 2019, played four games for two teams in the past three seasons.

Steven Parker, DB: Signed to practice squad on Tuesday. A veteran of 31 games with three different teams, including four starts with Miami in 2019. Was primarily a special teams player last year with the New York Giants.

Shyheim Carter, BC: Spent the offseason and preseason with the Titans. Was released at the start of the regular season but returned to the practice squad on October 4.


Theo Jackson, S: Tennessee’s sixth-round pick as a member of the practice squad for the first four weeks. Did not play as a standard raise in Week 4 at Indianapolis. Signed to Minnesota’s active roster on Oct. 11.

Nate Brooks, DB: Was on the practice squad for four weeks, but was released earlier this week.