Desmond King crowns the Bears, and eight other takeways from Titans’ win over Chicago

By John Glennon

In the days leading up to Sunday's clash against Chicago, the Titans picked up the team roster and dumped it all over the floor.

Partly because of poor play on defense, partly because of poor play on special teams and partly due to injury, the Titans piled up nearly 20 transactions over six days – a rare midseason makeover of sorts.

The end result was that at least five players – cornerback Desmond King, linebacker Wyatt Ray, defensive lineman Teair Tart, punter/holder Ryan Allen and long snapper Matt Overton – made their Titans debuts versus the Bears. Several more players, such as cornerback Breon Borders and outside linebacker Derick Roberson, saw significant expansions of the roles they'd been playing this season.

But of all the new faces we saw during the Titans' 24-17 win over Chicago on Sunday, it was King whose story most symbolized the team's topsy-turvy week – and the NFL's crazy season as well.

Acquired last Monday in exchange for a sixth-round draft pick, King couldn't even meet his new teammates in person until Saturday, after he'd gone through five straight days of COVID-19 tests. The silver lining? Spending a week in virtual quarantine can do wonders for a player when it comes to quickly digesting a new playbook.

“When I was in the hotel, me and this chair became best friends . . .

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Author: John GlennonMulti-media journalist with extensive expertise covering the NFL, NHL, professional soccer and more, including the Tennessee Titans and Nashville Predators for The Tennessean with articles, videos and podcasts. Strengths include the ability to write quick, concise and thorough analysis, as well as the ability to uncover unique human-interest stories. In working as a reporter, John developed skills that extend beyond the sports journalism world. An efficient and effective communicator, John is confident, calm and productive under deadline pressure and knows the power of the written word. John brings to Broadway Sports a work ethic second to none, an intellectual hunger, and an ability to inform and entertain readers, viewers and listeners. Reach out directly to John at: