Patience, not panic. Transforming Titans still have plenty of cornerback and wide receiver options

By John Glennon

Only a couple of hours before what would be closing time at most businesses on Tuesday, the Titans looked naked as a newborn at the cornerback position.

A week after releasing veteran Malcolm Butler, the Titans had done the same to Adoree Jackson, bidding farewell to two multi-year starters at the position in order to create more space under the salary cap.

Who was left at that point?

The cast included all of four players – Kristian Fulton, Chris Jackson, Breon Borders and Kareem Jackson – with a combined experience of 43 games, Borders leading the way at a whopping 19.

Panic set in among the masses.

Just under two hours later, however, the great cornerback crisis had been at least partially alleviated with the signing – still unofficial, until Wednesday – of Janoris “Jackrabbit” Jenkins, late of the New Orleans Saints.

The 32 year-old Jenkins isn’t Deion Sanders in his prime, but he’s still a sticky, speedy defender, one whose competitiveness and experience should prove valuable to a host of younger Titans cornerbacks next season.

What are the lessons to be learned here?

First, don’t sweat every twist and turn on the NFL’s free-agency roller-coaster – with all its additions, subtractions, signings, releases and near-misses. Did anyone really think the Titans were headed into the 2021 season with that fearsome foursome of corners . . .

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