Titans cornerback Alterraun Verner totaled three takeaways against the Jets, including a career-high two interceptions and a fumble recovery, bringing his season total to six takeaways—four interceptions and two fumble recoveries.
On the Jets’ second play from scrimmage, he intercepted a Geno Smith pass and recorded a career-long 34-yard return. In the second quarter, he scooped up a fumble by Smith and returned the ball nine yards, and later in the same quarter, he intercepted another pass from Smith. All three takeaways resulted in Titans touchdowns.
The game marked Verner’s fourth consecutive game with at least one takeaway to begin the season. He picked off passes in Week 1 (at Pittsburgh) and Week 2 (at Houston), and in Week 3 against San Diego, he recovered a fumble.
Verner already has set a career high with four interceptions this season (three in 2010) and now has 10 in his four-year career.
After a heated battle throughout training camp and the preseason with Tommie Campbell, Verner has proved to be more than worthy of the starting job.
“That’s what competition does — it brings out the best in you because you have to be on top of your game,” Verner said. “Especially the way Tommie was playing. Tommie was gelling, Tommie was playing well. Coty Sensabaugh was playing well. We have some very capable corners on our team.
“When you go 6-10, something has to change, something has to get better,” Verner continued. “I looked at it to try to get better myself. That was my whole mentality — if Tommie beats me out, I’m going to have to put up a fight. That fight made me step up and make plays.”
However, Verner isn’t satisfied just yet.
“The work still isn’t done, we’re still just first quarter of the season,” he said. “We have a lot more football to play.”
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