NASHVILLE, Tenn. — B.W. Webb was spot on when called into action for the Titans on Sunday.
The cornerback from William & Mary, promoted from the practice squad on Saturday, intercepted Saints quarterback Drew Brees in the end zone in the team's 34-28 overtime win over the Saints. Webb played in 18 snaps in the contest after Perrish Cox was pulled because of a hamstring injury.
"B.W. was ready to play," Titans interim coach Mike Mularkey said. "That was a big play for us to have that interception. The team rallies around that. They like to see guys get a chance. They do. And they like to see guys that work hard in practice actually get rewarded and brought up, and then have some success. He was good for us on special teams. He did a lot of things for us."
Webb, a fourth round pick by the Cowboys in 2013, was just happy to get a chance. The Titans were trailing 21-20 in the third quarter at the time.
"The ball was up there in the air and all I wanted to do was make a play,'' Webb said. "The coaches and older players did a great job with me this week to get me ready to play and get me in a position to make plays and help our team win."
Turns out Webb and the team's other practice squad players were put on the spot on Friday by their new head coach, who replaced Ken Whisenhunt earlier in the week.
Just three days after that move, Mularkey asked the nine players on the practice squad to produce their notes, just to make sure they'd be ready.
"The practice squad guys, they have to prepare like they are going to play in the game," Mularkey said. "And they know that. On Friday I took all the practice squad guys' notes, I made them make a copy, because I wanted to see how well-prepared they were for this game, even though they know they're probably not going to play.
The Tennessee Titans take on the New Orleans Saints Week 9 at the Superdome (Photos: Donn Jones, AP)
"I was very pleased with the attention to detail that these guys have. Because most times I've called for those notes, they're not real good. The second time really good. But I was very impressed with our guys."
Webb could be needed again in the near future.
Cornerback Jason McCourty continues to be bothered by a groin injury, and Cox has had issues with a hamstring. Blidi-Wreh Wilson missed Sunday's game with a hamstring injury himself, but the team is hoping he'll be able to return to practice this week leading up to Sunday's game vs. the Panthers.
Webb said he'll be ready. Webb joined the Titans practice squad earlier this season after playing previously with the Cowboys and Steelers.
In the locker room after the game, he was among those dancing.
"It's a huge victory for us,'' Webb said. "I mean to come into another team's house and get a 'W' is unbelievable. That's never an easy thing to do. I can't be happier."