NASHVILLE – Caleb Farley is keeping the faith.
Despite two injury-shortened seasons, the Titans cornerback is betting on himself to still reach his potential despite some bad luck out of the gate in the NFL.
"I am extremely optimistic," Farley said earlier this week. "I feel like even after two unsuccessful years, I am confident because I know what I can do. I think Bruce Lee said something like: 'You have to learn to die before you can win.' I am extremely optimistic and excited for the offseason. It's going to be a big one for me."
Farley, the team's first-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, was placed on Injured Reserve back in November because of a back injury that required surgery.
Farley played in just six games in 2022 before the injury. He said he's healed now, and it's a matter of getting back into shape.
As a rookie in 2021, Farley played in three games before tearing an ACL.
"My thoughts are all positive," Farley said. "I am just excited to get back to work. I am just grateful to be healed. My surgery was successful, so my thoughts are all positive moving forward. I just want to get to work, and I am excited to get this time. It's going to be the most time I've had since coming into the league to be able to get ready and prepare and try and get in shape."
Back in November, when Farley was placed on IR, Titans head coach Mike Vrabel complimented Farley for his attitude before the injury.
He said "everybody is disappointed" after he was sidelined for the season.
"He came to work every day with a great attitude," Vrabel said. "Hopefully he can get healthy. Then we'll reevaluate where things are. Unfortunate."
Farley said he doesn't need any further surgeries.
While he didn't give any timetables for when he'd be 100 percent, he said he plans to work this offseason to get ready for the 2023 season.
"I feel like I have learned so much he last couple of years," Farley said. "I want to play. I feel good. It's just about getting in top shape. I think where I stand now, I just have to work as hard as I can and when that opportunity comes again, I still believe in myself and I believe in the the abilities God has blessed me with to be able to perform at a high level.
"I am confident because I know what I can do. God has blessed me, and I am confident I am going to get to show it."