NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Titans cornerback Coty Sensabaugh made two plays that stood out in the preseason opener.
His head coach has seen many more.
"I have to give it to Coty -- he's had a good camp. He's really played well,'' coach Ken Whisenhunt said. "He has been good. He has been very good. I've been impressed with Coty, and it's a credit to him that he has competed the way he has."
Heading into his fourth NFL season, Sensabaugh entered camp competing for a roster spot. The way he's played, he's left little doubt he not only belongs on the team, but on the field.
With cornerbacks Jason McCourty and Blidi Wreh-Wilson sidelined with injuries, Sensabaugh has gotten more opportunities to prove himself as well.
Against the Falcons, he impressed coaches with a physical tackle he made on Atlanta's first play – a pass from quarterback Matt Ryan to receiver Julio Jones. Sensabaugh quickly got Jones to the ground in the open field.
Later in the game, Sensabaugh intercepted Falcons quarterback T.J. Yates. The turnover came a play after Sensabaugh picked up a pass interference penalty, but his response was big. He kicked himself for the penalty.
The interception was the first of his career, even if it came during a preseason game. In 43 regular season games since the 2012, including 12 starts, Sensabaugh has never had an interception.
"Any time you get your hands on the ball and give it back to the offense, it's a good thing,'' Sensabaugh said. "(I feel like) I've had a pretty good camp. I just have to continue working hard and not worry about the things I can't control. I'm just focusing on what I can control, and that is getting better every day, and sticking with it."
Sensabaugh, a fourth round pick in the 2012 draft, wants to be more of a playmaker this fall, and he should get opportunities even when McCourty and Wreh-Wilson heal up. Veteran Perrish Cox has had a solid offseason and will be in the mix as well.
Off the top of his head, Sensabaugh thinks he should have at least three INTs in his career by now. There was a missed opportunity against Indianapolis last year, and one in 2013 vs. the Jets. He had another good chance as a rookie in Miami.
He's says he's capable, and hungry. Sensabaugh has lined up both in the slot and on the outside in training camp.
"When you get the opportunities, you have to take advantage of them,'' Sensabaugh said. "Some of them you just have to make spectacular plays. The guys that are up there (in interceptions) year in and year out, some of them are routine and some are spectacular plays. You just have to put yourself in the right position.
"I think I'll be in position more. I just have to make those plays."