The Tennessee Titans liked what they saw of LeShaun Sims last year as a rookie well enough that he is still atop the cornerback depth chart during the first few days of camp.
Sims, a fifth-round pick from Southern Utah last year, was thrust into the lineup after Perrish Cox was released with four week to go last season.
Tennessee’s secondary was a sore spot last season, and in a complete off-season makeover, the Titans spent lots of capital to make the cornerback position better. First, they signed Logan Ryan away from the New England Patriots with a three-year, $30 million deal. Then, the Titans spent a first-round pick on USC speedster Adoree’ Jackson, with many penciling those two in as the starters.
And while that might well happen, thus far, it has been Sims who has been holding serve and laying claim to the cornerback spot opposite the veteran Ryan, keeping Jackson with the second group in camp.
Sims had no issues at all with the Titans bringing in lots of competition at cornerback.
“I thought it was going to be good for the team. It’s just good to have all the corners come in and compete every day. So I was all for it. I feel like I’m holding my own out there,” he said.
For his part, Sims just kept working – so much so that he was one of three players rewarded as the Titans’ top players of the off-season, joining Pro Bowl teammates Delanie Walker and Jurrell Casey for that honor.
“It’s nice to get recognized and get an award like that. I feel good about it,” Sims said. “I think it was really nice. I was good having the recognition form the coaches for all the hard work I was putting in. I think that was the most rewarding part of it, to be honest.”
The award comes with plenty of perks, such as preferred parking both at practice and at Nissan Stadium, one padded practice off, a hotel suite for one road game, dinner for his position group and getting to choose the Friday lunch menu.
The low key Sims got a huge reception from teammates when he was announced as the award winner.
He doesn’t say much – at all, but he’s all business. He’s doing pretty well,” Titans coach Mike Mularkey said. “He’s come in here and impressed a lot of people with the way he does things. But he does not talk. He’s very quiet, but don’t let that speak for him as a football player.”
Preferred parking at practice, stadium, dinner out with position group, one suite on the road, Friday lunch and a padded practice off.
As for how things are going thus far in this camp, Sims is pleased but not satisfied.
“I feel like I’ve been doing a pretty good job the first three days of camp – no M.E.s (mental errors). That was the most important thing for me, going out there, getting the play calls and executing it right.”