About a week or so ago, Titans coach Mike Mularkey, gave fourth-year safety Daimion Stafford some first-team reps as a “reward” for his solid play in training camp.
It wasn’t that starter Da’Norris Searcy was playing poorly, but it was meant to show players what can happen when they consistently do the right things.
But now as the Titans are readying to enter week two of the preseason, Stafford has still been receiving the lion’s share of first-team work in practice.
Stafford, a seventh-round pick in 2013, has been a core special teams players, backup safety and been in a few special packages in his first three seasons in Tennessee. Now, he may be poised for more.
When Mularkey was asked if Stafford had turned the strong safety position into a true competition, he didn’t deny a battle for the starting spot.
“He’s playing well. They’re all competitions. Every one of these guys is competing right now and we’re still in training camp,” Mularkey said. “Again, I think the thing you guys are seeing, and I hope our team is seeing, is that if you play at a consistent level and make plays … you’ll get your opportunities, and that’s the way it should be..”
Stafford’s run support and sure tackling in the preseason opener against the Chargers, coupled with his solid play in camp is getting him noticed.
“Stafford played extremely well Saturday night. He supported the run like we want safeties to support the run. He continues to impress and wow you and that’s what you want,” Mularkey said.