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Titans activate S Amani Hooker, place CB Kristian Fulton on IR

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The Tennessee Titans made several roster moves on Monday evening as the team prepares to take on the Buffalo Bills on primetime later on Monday night. There’s some good and bad news mixed in here.

Starting with the activation of safety Amani Hooker, the Titans get their ball-hawking safety back in a game where they’ll face a huge challenge against Josh Allen and the Bills’ high-octane passing attack. Hooker tied for the team lead in interceptions a year ago with four takeaways, and is a key member of this secondary. Playing him alongside Kevin Byard gives the Titans a different dynamic on the back end of their defense. While on IR, he was largely replaced by the now released Bradley McDougald, and more recently, Dane Cruikshank. Both McDougald and Cruikshank played rather poorly. Getting Hooker back is big for this secondary, and defense overall.

It wasn’t all good news for the secondary, unfortunately. Additionally, the Titans placed starting cornerback Krisitian Fulton on injured reserve. Fulton was always a long shot to play in this contest, given the fact he didn’t practice all week long with a “hamstring” designation. But going on IR is a different problem altogether. Not only will Fulton miss Monday’s game against the Bills, but he’s also guaranteed to miss next week’s showdown with the Kansas City Chiefs and the following week against the Indianapolis Colts. If there were two games you wouldn’t want to miss Fulton for, it would be Buffalo and Kansas City. It’s an unfortunate break for a secondary that will need all hands on deck over the next few weeks.

Expect rookie cornerback Caleb Farley to play a ton on Monday night. It’s an exciting development, but ideally, Farley would get his first career start under different circumstances. He’ll likely be supplemented on the outside by Breon Borders at times, but we expect Farley to receive the majority of the snaps opposite Jackrabbit Jenkins. The Titans will likely field a ton of defensive backs on a relatively consistent basis in an attempt to stifle the Bills’ passing attack. Expect Chris Jackson and Elijah Molden to receive a healthy amount of playing time as well.

Lastly, fullback Tory Carter has been elevated to the gameday roster as a COVID replacement. Look for Carter to block for Derrick Henry as the Titans try to establish their running game against Buffalo’s elite run defense.

As always, stay tuned to MCM for updates.