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For the second consecutive year, Tommie Campbell has garnered a lot of attention through the offseason. He's been given reps with the starting defense since organized team activities, but things seem to change when the real action starts.
Last year in the Titans' first preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks, Campbell was burned for a big touchdown grab by Braylon Edwards that solidified him as player ill prepared to be a regular contributor.
After watching the Titans in action against the Washington Redskins, Campbell has once again failed to live up to assistant secondary coach Steve Brown's expectations, as reported by Paul Kuharsky of ESPN:
His strong suit is as a press corner, and we put him in situations. He was not aggressive at the line of scrimmage pressing guys—he was playing off.
Campbell often appeared too concerned with playing the team's tried-and-failed coverage scheme of yesteryear. Campbell's lack of consistency in the game is disconcerting, as Alterraun Verner looked like the much more reliable option when inserted into the lineup.
While one preseason game is too early to truly judge a position battle, it's very telling that the incumbent remains the better option despite all reports heaping praise on the challenger.