Campbell working to gain Titans' trust

June, 12, 2013
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The Titans pumped up Tommie Campbell at this time last year, setting an expectation that he could well start opposite Jason McCourty or at least be an outside cornerback in the nickel package.

But when the season rolled around, he was nowhere to be found unless you were watching him on special teams.

A year later, he’s drawing raves in the spring again.

They seem to have more heft this time around.

Year 1 he was an athlete running around. Year 2 he seemed to be getting things, but ultimately couldn’t earn the team’s trust.

He understands that.

“Accountability is one of the reasons why I wasn’t out there,” Campbell told Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean. “If they can’t trust a player to do things they ask him to do on the field or off the field, then they aren’t going to be able to trust him in a game. So that is one of the things I’ve worked on. I want to prove I can be trusted.”

Hopefully for Tennessee, both Campbell and third-rounder Blidi Wreh-Wilson can vie for a role in the base defense. Alterraun Verner won’t surrender the second starting spot easily, but he should be in the slot when the Titans go to nickel.

A trustworthy Campbell or a budding Wreh-Wilson can do a lot to make the Titans a better defense.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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