The Titans have completed their first off-season under new General Manager, Jon Robinson. While he made some big time moves, and has provided the fanbase with hope, we are all waiting on actual production. This summer, training camp will show whether or not we will actually see it. With not much time left, we will take a look at a different topic each remaining day, until things get started.
Last season, Jason McCourty never got his feet under him. Injured early in training camp, he spent a lot of time trying to fight his way back. That being said, his groin injury was something that would constantly hold him down. While he got back into the lineup early in the season, it was clear that he was not his normal self. Ultimately, after struggling through 4 games at the beginning of the regular season, he and the Titans decided that shutting it down and getting surgery was the best option.
Now, McCourty is ready to enter training camp at 100%. That being said, there has to be questions about if he will be the same cornerback that fans have relied on in past years. Not only is he coming off of a serious groin injury, he's also turning 29 in a couple of weeks. Since the last time that we saw McCourty was essentially in 2014, and he struggled that year, he will be a huge wild card entering the season. If he can return to his old form, it will almost serve as an addition to the team. The cornerbacks are probably the most questionable group on the defense, and if McCourty can step up and be that top player again, things will start to fall into place. With a much improved front seven, and Dick Lebeau taking over as defensive coordinator, McCourty has a lot of factors going for him.
Even when Jason McCourty was on injured reserve last season, the cornerbacks played relatively well for a time. Unfortuntely, the others behind him were also hit by injury, as was Derrick Morgan. This caused things to fall apart. However, with everyone returning healthy, and some added depth up front, this sets everything up for McCourty. If he is ready to return to his old form, which was at the top of the league, on top of Perrish Cox, Brice McCain, etc., this defense could take a big step, and break that top 10 mark. We will see very soon how Jason McCourty will bounce back, after two tough years.