Titans Position Analysis: Safety


Next up in our position analyses is the safety position.
A healthy Chris Hope and emerging former first round draft pick Michael Griffin combine to form one of the league’s better safety duos.
In addition to Hope and Griffin, letís take a look at the other players competing for playing time at safety.

When healthy, Chris Hope provides the veteran leadership and playmaking ability that you would expect from a former starter on a winning Super Bowl team. Unfortunately, Hope was lost for the remainder of the 2007 due to a frightening neck injury.
We can only hope that Chris is able to rebound from that scary injury in 2008.
At the other safety position is 2nd year player Michael Griffin. After some growing pains during the first part of the season, the rookie out of Texas started to get comfortable by the end of the year.
In 2008, heís already making his mark in the beginning stages of training camp with some breathtaking interceptions.
Griffin is poised to become one of the better safeties in the league. His potential is unlimited, and Iím excited to see what he will be able to accomplish as a Tennessee Titan next year and beyond.
Calvin Lowry is a backup with some starting experience at both safety positions. Heís a solid tackler and good special teams player, but his coverage skills are less than stellar.
I like Lowry as a backup but color me not excited about his potential as a starter (immediately knocks on wood to do my part in wishing Chris Hope a healthy and prosperous 2008 season).
Vince Fuller is listed as a safety but the majority of his contributions have come at nickelback. Fullerís a playmaker and a valuable backup on the Titansí defense and unless the injury bug really rears its ugly head, expect Fuller to continue to serve mainly as the Titansí NB in 2008.
Special teams are Donnie Nickeyís bread and butter. He collected a whopping 8 special teamsí tackles in the Titansí playoff loss to the Chargers last year. His value on ST will probably keep Nickey around for at least another season.
Undrafted free agent Tony Joiner rounds out the Titansí batch of safeties. The former Gator has made an early impression in training camp and on one particular play, he flattened fellow rookie Craig Stevens on a vicious hit.
As mentioned before, the key to the success of this unit will be the health of Chris Hope. The Titans will be depending on the ability of Hope to spring eternal in 2008.


3 Responses to “Titans Position Analysis: Safety”

  1. adam Says:

    Drex, if Hope does end up missing time, could you see Fuller moving to safety and King sliding into NB, or does Fuller simply not have the bulk to play safety full time?

  2. Drexel Perry Says:

    Fuller’s 6’1″ 190, and could play some free safety. However, Hope is the strong safety so if he goes out, I’m not sure that Fuller has the bulk to play the position.
    The only way that I could see Fuller playing under the circumstantances of a Hope injury is if they rotated Griff to SS, where he started 12 games as a junior at Texas, with Fuller sliding over to the FS spot.
    Thanks for the comment.

  3. Bradd Says:

    i really think the our safety tandem is going to be one of the best in the league….and out defensive backs as a core are going to be just a stellar as our front Dline.
    I’m expecting great thing from this unit this season.
    the mainstream media will HAVE to give the Titans Defense the notoriety they deserve.
    No one will want to play the Titans this year.

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