When the Tennessee Titans allowed Alterraun Verner to walk in free agency, defensive back became a position of necessity.
Left on the roster are Blidi Wreh-Wilson, Coty Sensabaugh and the rarely talked about Tommie Campbell.
As the draft passed and organized team activities got off the ground, Wreh-Wilson and Sensabaugh were widely assumed to be the only two fighting for the position.
For the third-year pro and general special teams player, Campbell wants in on the competition.
“I may be out of the loop right now – or some people may think that – but you never know,” Campbell told David Boclair of the Nashville Post. “Come August, that’s when positions are won or lost. It ain’t OTAs. It ain’t minicamp. It’s preseason and I am going to be at full strength and ready to go during the preseason.
“Obviously I plan on being the starter, one way or the other. So that’s the goal. That’s the goal for every player on this team. That’s my goal. It’s going to continue to be my goal.”
With a new coaching staff, Campbell will have to fight for everything he’s earned. At times, he’s made some serious mental errors when given a shot on special teams. At 6’3″, he’s got the build and speed to be a shutdown corner for Tennessee.
The pressure is on, and Campbell seems to be embracing it.