Titans Update: Changes at CB

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As the Titans wait for the first defensive player taken in the 2005 draft to emerge as a playmaking cornerback, they've turned to another rookie corner to play opposite Pacman Jones.

Reynaldo Hill, a seventh-rounder out of Florida who was selected 212 picks after Jones, recorded his second interception of the season in his first start as part of the base defense against Oakland on Sunday.

Hill is the only Titan with two interceptions, and he is now officially the starter on the left side, replacing Andre Woolfolk. Woolfolk, the team's top draft pick in 2003, will play as the nickel back once his balky hamstring lets him return to action.

"We've got Reynaldo out there right now who is making plays," coach Jeff Fisher said. "When you get somebody out there that is making plays, you stay with him."

"... He has a very short memory, which is very important at that position, and he's been able to recognize things and has played the way you want him to play. He has been aggressive, has made plays."

In recent weeks, Hill had taken over on the left in the nickel package, with Woolfolk moving inside. Hill made his first NFL interception at Arizona on Oct. 23, returning it 22 yards. He followed that up with by jumping on a Kerry Collins pass just before halftime and taking the ball 52 yards for his first career TD.

Woolfolk has been inconsistent, and the Titans expected more from him in a season in which they've replaced both starting cornerbacks from 2004 - Samari Rolle, who was cut in a salary cap purge and went to Baltimore, and Andre Dyson, who went to Seattle as an unrestricted free agent.

"I am definitely feeling more confident the more I am out there, whether it's in practice or in games," Hill said. "Hearing 'Good job' from the coaches, I build off that because they let me play. If I do my job, then that is a good thing. They tell me every week to keep doing what I am doing."


  • QB Steve McNair (back spasms) will be followed closely all week, and there is a good chance he won't practice Wednesday, based on coach Jeff Fisher's assessment of his status on Monday. McNair is 5-2 in his career against Cleveland with seven TDs and five interceptions.
  • QB Billy Volek has never played against Cleveland, but it's possible he could play this week if Steve McNair's back spasms are a problem through the practice week.
  • RB Chris Brown had his best game of the season with 97 yards and a TD in the loss to Oakland last week. But through eight games he hasn't hit 100 yards in a game, and Sunday in Cleveland the Titans may look to split up the carries more in Travis Henry's second game back from a month-long suspension.
  • RB Travis Henry got just one carry in his first game back from his month-long suspension. It remains to be seen if the Titans are going to try to let Chris Brown get into a rhythm or if Henry will get more carries at Cleveland in his second game back.
  • FB Troy Fleming could return Sunday at Cleveland after missing three games with an ankle injury.
  • WR Drew Bennett (left thumb) won't play at Cleveland, but the team is optimistic he'll be able to play on Nov. 20 against Jacksonville, after the off week.
  • WR Tyrone Calico suffered a strained calf against Oakland and didn't play after getting hurt. Jeff Fisher is unlikely to reveal details of the injury because he won't want Cleveland to know the extent of the Titans' limitations at wide receiver. There will be an indication depending on whether Calico practices Wednesday.
  • WR Brandon Jones (knee) is questionable for the Titans game in Cleveland after sitting out the Titans loss to Oakland. The Titans will probably rate him a game-time decision.
  • WR Courtney Roby figures to get a lot of chances in Cleveland, even if Tyrone Calico (calf) and Brandon Jones (knee) are back.
  • WR Roydell Williams figures to be in line for his most action yet, with Drew Bennett out and Brandon Jones (knee) and Tyrone Calico (calf) questionable for the Titans game in Cleveland Sunday.
  • TE Erron Kinney is second only to San Diego's Antonio Gates in receptions by a tight end with 39, but he's yet to score a touchdown this season. He could be in line for even more catches if Ben Troupe is limited or out with his ankle injury.
  • TE Ben Troupe suffered a high ankle sprain against Oakland and is expected to be listed as questionable by the Titans when their injury report comes out Wednesday. If he's out or limited, Erron Kinney and Bo Scaife will likely get even more chances in the passing game than usual.
  • K Rob Bironas is 14 of 17 on field goals but missed an extra point in the first half of the Titans' loss to the Raiders. Jeff Fisher said Bironas had some trouble in warmups, then overcompensated on the PAT.
  • PR Pacman Jones had two big returns last week, but an 82-yard TD was called back by a controversial penalty. Cleveland is the league's worst team at defending punt returns, which should make for an interesting special teams afternoon.
  • CB Reynaldo Hill is the only Titan with two interceptions this season and he has won the Titans starting spot on the left side. Andre Woolfolk (hamstring) will serve only as the nickel back once he's healthy.
  • CB Andre Woolfolk (hamstring) has lost the left starting cornerback job to rookie Reynaldo Hill. If healthy, Woolfolk will return to work as the nickel back at Cleveland on Sunday.

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