This offseason, we witnessed a lot of turnover on the Tennessee Titans roster.
The Titans parted ways with several players, especially on defense. The team released defensive backs, Malcolm Butler and Adoree Jackson.
Jackson spent most of the 2020 season on injured reserve, but Butler had a respectable season with 100 tackles, 14 pass breakups, and four interceptions.
Another key parting is Kenny Vaccaro. Vaccaro developed a good tandem with All-Pro safety Kevin Byard, and for a couple of seasons, they were one of the more underrated safety duos in the NFL.
With those veteran players out the door, two players are in a great position to step up and finally make a name for themselves: safety Amani Hooker and defensive back Kristian Fulton.
Hooker earned some time to showcase what he can do last season when Vaccaro couldn’t play. Hooker ended up with some meaningful snaps and four interceptions.
Amani Hooker with a Interception 🤩pic.twitter.com/a7mrFXJNA1
— Titans DieHards (@TitansDieHards) January 3, 2021
Along with those takeaways, he had 51 tackles. Hooker will have a chance to earn a starting role in the Tennessee Titans’ defense in 2021, and I am willing to bet he will shine.
Fulton is no different. His rookie season was interrupted by injuries. With the release of Jackson and Butler, it seems the Titans believe in him despite those injuries.
The Titans are still expected to add a defensive back in the draft, though. But in the little time Fulton played in 2020, he didn’t look terrible.
He had an interception last season and 16 tackles in just six games.
— Brooks Kubena (@BKubena) September 20, 2020
I’ll call it: Fulton will be the next top corner on the defense soon. The Titans have had one for a long time, from Pacman Jones, Cortland Finnegan, and Jason McCourty to Malcolm Butler.
Fulton is next in line to add his name to that list.
Fulton and Hooker’s development relies on the development of defensive coordinator Shane Bowen, though. If he continues to run a flawed scheme, it could hurt their potential.
The addition of Jim Schwartz gives some hope. Yet, it’s still Bowen’s (or Vrabel’s) defense.
If Hooker and Fulton both step up this season, the Tennessee Titans’ secondary will be a lot better than what we witnessed in 2020.
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