- Paul Kuharsky, ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter
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With free safety Michael Griffin missing a second day of practice with a right quad injury, the Titans might need to turn to an alterative at free safety.
The logical, obvious choice is George Wilson.
“If it’s going to help us win, we’ll move him,” Gray said of Verner.
Taking Verner, who’s having a stellar season as cornerback, and moving him to a spot he played some during the summer, then replacing him at cornerback, would amount to coaching malpractice.
Wilson said he’s taken a lot of the practice reps with Griffin out, and has studied the film from a free-safety angle.
"It’s my job to be ready regardless of what the situation is," said Wilson who has been spending a lot of time in sub-packages covering the tight end.
Griffin said he ran, backpedaled some, did some drills for defensive backs, and broke from different angles. He thinks it’ll come down to how he does in an early sessions with coaches and trainers on Sunday in St. Louis.
If Griffin is out and Wilson is in the base defense, the Titans will change things up as they try to cover Rams tight end Jared Cook.
Wilson could still get a share of time with Cook, and weakside linebacker Zach Brown could be on the former Titan, too.
Brown said if he’s covering Cook, he needs to get his hands on him -- at the line of scrimmage and when the ball arrives.
“He’s real fast,” Brown said. “He’s good in and out of his breaks. ... If you can touch him, you can get the ball out. For me, I’ve just got to get my hands on him, because he’s not that strong or that physical. He’s not as big as a lot of other tight ends.”
Cook might play small, but let the record show he’s 6-foot-5 and 254-pounds.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- If defensive coordinator Jerry Gray wants to throw the St. Louis Rams off the Tennessee Titans' tracks, he can come up with something better than what he tried Thursday.