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Verner endured a disappointing and erratic season in 2015, likely making him a candidate for release had the Bucs coaching staff remained unchanged. However, the veteran received a new lease on life with the ascension of Dirk Koetter to head coach and is now reunited with defensive backs coach Brett Maxie, who guided him to his only Pro Bowl season back in 2013. Not a ball hawk in the purest sense, Verner nevertheless has been able to provide stellar tackle numbers for a cornerback in the past and could do so again if he retains the starting role he currently holds.
One of the few corners capable of an IDP impact, Verner has the talent for above-average production in both tackles and interceptions. And in Tampa Bay, his opportunities are maximized playing in a dysfunctional defense that struggles to get off the field. Although a hamstring injury limited him to 859 snaps in 14 games last year, Verner nearly had 80 tackles, making 90 tackles realistic if he plays 16 games this year. Two years removed from a five-interception season, Verner is one of the more intriguing DB options for owners looking for interception upside.
After breaking into the NFL in 2010 and posting 93 total tackles, including 73 solo stops, Verner has not reached 80 since. However, his drop in tackles is hardly an indication of his importance, and he's been a solid contributor over the last two seasons. After posting 76 tackles and two interceptions in 2012, Verner came in with only 57 stops last season, but he increased his interception total to five, a mark that only four players in the NFL beat. He also led the league in passes defenced, and was able to cash in on his production by signing a four-year, $26.5 million contract with the Bucs this offseason. Verner should continue to be a heavily-used corner while trying to fill the void left by Darrelle Revis.
Verner will start at cornerback for the Titans.
The emergence of Jason McCourty pushed Verner out of the IDP picture in 2011 for the most part, but the exit of Cortland Finnegan this offseason means Verner should regain his role as a starting cornerback in Tennessee. The job has turned out to be highly profitable for IDP purposes, as Tennessee starting cornerbacks have averaged 95 tackles per season the last two years. That includes a 101-tackle rookie season for Verner in 2010, one in which he actually started only 12 games. The arrival of fourth-round pick Coty Sensabaugh is somewhat of a concern, but Verner should hold him off.
Verner was one of the league’s most promising rookies last year after his fourth-round selection out of UCLA. While he lacks standout athleticism, the instincts and ball skills that made him a top player for the Bruins allowed Verner to earn a starting role in his first year with the Titans. The result was 101 tackles (85 solo) with three interceptions and 11 pass deflections. The Titans figure to have a lackluster offense again in 2011, so Verner should get plenty of snaps as he attempts to duplicate his rookie-year production.
Verner is getting opportunities in training camp to become a starting cornerback for 2010, but is likely to remain as a backup during his rookie season.