Tennessee Titans: Farley did not complete preseason play

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NASHVILLE — Caleb Farley is one of the few Tennessee Titans starters to have already played this preseason. And he didn’t finish.

Virginia Tech’s 2021 first-round pick is also set to play this Saturday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Nissan Stadium and a week later in the preseason finale against the Arizona Cardinals.

“It’s great for him to be out there and play,” defensive coordinator Shane Bowen said Sunday. “The more reps he can get in practice, the more reps he can get in game situations – probably – the better because he’s still acclimating to this game, to this level, to the NFL.”

Farley along with fellow cornerback Kristian Fulton and nose tackle Naquan Jones were the only likely or possible starters in the Tennessee defense that played in Thursday’s 23-10 loss at Baltimore. Farley stayed on the field for 24 snaps, second among Titans cornerbacks in that contest.

He was credited with two tackles and no passes were defended. Immediately afterwards, coach Mike Vrabel called his performance “ok” but “not good enough”. Vrabel specifically pointed to the first third play of the game, a third-and-6 on which the Ravens completed an 8-yard pass against Farley as an example of where he needs to be better.

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“You can’t play a corner in this league without someone completing a pass on you,” Vrabel said earlier in training camp. “That will not be possible. But he keeps showing up for work, keeps training, keeps working on technique, and then shows up to meetings ready to learn and ready to fix whatever mistakes have happened.

“So I’m excited to see him come out and play (as I am with) whoever else is there.”

Whatever Farley did or didn’t do well against the Ravens is more than he did at that point in 2021, when an injury forced him out of the game opening of the pre-season. Eventually, he was successful in the field for the final two tune-up contests. In all, he recorded 37 snaps on offense and four on special teams in game action heading into the regular season.

However, health issues soon caught up with Farley. He appeared in just three of the first six games and recorded 60 snaps in defense and 14 on special teams before a torn knee ligament forced him to spend the rest of the campaign on injured reserve and suffer a long re-education.

Add it all up, and he effectively has just over a game of NFL playing experience under his belt after an abbreviated college career that consisted of 24 games, a full season sidelined by injury (2017 ) and another sidelined after he withdrew due to COVID-19 (2020) concerns.

It makes every shot he can get at this time of year valuable.

“He played a few games last year before he got injured,” Bowen said. “So again, we’re going to try to get everything we can out of him in these games, let him get some reps and see where he’s at just so he can learn and be out there and get an idea. how it’s going.”

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