NASHVILLE — Keeping players healthy is the priority when NFL clubs open training camp. For Tennessee Titans rookie corner Roger McCreary, an early injury to a teammate has seen him getting increased reps.

The show must go on, as they say.

Second-year defensive back Elijah Molden has been dealing with what appeared to be a left leg issue since Thursday’s practice. On Friday, Molden left with a Tennessee Trainer and did not return. The corner was unavailable on Saturday to practice with the Titans.

The unfortunate timing has provided McCreary with more opportunity.

McCreary stood out in Week 1

Tennessee Titans cornerback Roger McCreary tracks down wide receiver Kyle Phillips (18) during practice at Saint Thomas Sports Park Tuesday, May 24, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn.

Plenty of time remains in Tennessee’s training camp for Week 1 evaluations to fall off a cliff.

For the time being, McCreary has been one of the most consistently noticed performers on the Titans roster. The second-round pick out of Auburn was going to face significant competition for playing time given the young depth already occupying Tennessee’s secondary. Without top slot option Molden, McCreary has found ways to make plays.

“Focused on the technique of everything,” McCreary told me on Saturday after going through additional trail technique drills. “From being in press man to different types of styles. You know you can’t be physical, you have to play soft, work on the off-man. Really just work you craft.”

The rookie did exactly that in one-on-one work with the Titans receivers on Day 4.

Quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw a go route up to wide out Nick Westbrook-Ikhine. NWI appeared to make the catch. McCreary got his right arm up and into the receiver just in time to jostle it loose for an incompletion before the receiver could fully secure the catch.

Titans secondary options appear strong

Coach Mike Vrabel asks only that his defensive backs finish strong even when they’re beaten in offensively-skewed drills.

“Nick (Westbrook-Ikhine) had (an incompletion) here against Indianapolis,” said Vrabel. “It was a great play down in the red zone, was fighting for extra yards and looking to try to score a touchdown and the guys were coming. Defensively, they’re coming and they’re not going to quit. That’s when (the offense) has to be at its best.”

McCreary’s skill set lends itself to that of disruptive DB.

Heralded as an elite prospect coming out of the SEC, McCreary particularly excels in man coverage. Whatever length he might lack, his ball skills shined against top-flight competition and consistently displayed active hands around the football. The Titans coaching staff loved McCreary’s tape.

Thus far in Tennessee’s camp, McCreary’s just shown more of the same.

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