NASHVILLE – Kamalei Correa was preparing for his third season with the Baltimore Ravens this time last year, until his career path – at the least his zip code – changed just a month later.
The Titans traded for the outside linebacker in August of 2018, giving Correa a new challenge in a new city, on a new team.
"For me, it was about trusting God's plan and just knowing "He's got me," Correa said. "So I trusted Him and let things fall into place, while working hard and doing what I could do. At the end of the day God always has a plan for us, and this was his plan for me."
A year later, Correa is preparing for his second season with the Titans, and hoping to make an even bigger impact in 2019.
He's more comfortable, and ready to go.
"I love it here," he said. "There's great people, and it's a great place, with great coaches. I have great teammates. I love my teammates. Man, I love it here. There's no other way to put it. … So I want to go out there and help my team by being the best I can be."
A second-round pick (42nd overall) of the Ravens in the 2016 NFL Draft, Correa played in 13 games last season for the Titans, with four starts. He tallied 27 tackles with 3.5 sacks and five quarterback pressures.
In three NFL seasons, Correa has 38 career tackles.
Correa said he's focused on getting better in every aspect of his life during his first full offseason in Tennessee. His past with Titans defensive coordinator Dean Pees from his days in Baltimore has him even more comfortable.
"It is year 4, so you have time to hone in and focus on the details from last season, the mistakes that I've made, the team has made, the defense has made," he said. "I'm just trying to be better at everything – an all-around person, better teammate, a better father off the field and just a better ball player. I am trying to work on my overall well-being and not just on the field because I think that is a big part it.
"I love my family, I love football, I love this team. So I just try to come out here and work hard every single day and keep fine-tuning the little things to get better."
The Titans added veteran edge rusher Cameron Wake this offseason, and he's now the leader of a group that includes Harold Landry, Sharif Finch and Correa, among others. The team also drafted D'Andre Walker, and added Derick Roberson as an undrafted free agent. Former Vol LaTroy Lewis is back, and he's had a solid offseason.
Things will get turned up a few notches when the pads come on in training camp at the end of the month.
"I feel like we are all pro football players, and we all work hard," Correa said. "We all have a great attitude and come to work every single day and the people upstairs decide (who joins the team) and now it's up to us to take full advantage of our reps in practices and in the preseason games we have and to show them: 'Hey, I am here to play ball.'
"It's just a good opportunity for us and the young guys to do our jobs, keep getting better and have fun."