NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Perrish Cox made a promise to the Titans back in March, and it looks like he plans on keeping his word
"I told them when I came here: I am here to make plays, and regardless of where I am at, the nickel, corner, wherever you need me, I plan on making plays,'' Cox said. "And if I can help instill that into everyone else's mind, too, I think we'll have a much better team."
So far, so good for Cox and the Titans.
Cox has recorded interceptions in back-to-back games, including a pick-six against the Rams in Week Two of the preseason and another INT vs the Chiefs. After spending most of the previous three seasons with the 49ers, Cox signed a three-year deal with the Titans in March.
He wants to be a tone-changer in Tennessee and he's been just that with the Titans. The team will need him to keep it up in the regular season, of course.
"I always want to be that player that will make plays and lead by example rather than just talk about it,'' Cox said. "One of the things I try and tell the defense is let's get a quick turnover. Let's try and change the game fast.
"I'm ready to do whatever it takes to help change the mindset of this team."
Cox, heading into his fifth NFL season, recorded five interceptions in 2014 with the 49ers. He's played in 57 games in his career, including 23 starts. Cox began his career with the Broncos in 2010. He also spent time with the Seahawks at the end of the 2013 season.
In the preseason, the Titans have dealt with injuries in the secondary, which has resulted in some shuffling. Jason McCourty has been sideline since the start with a groin injury, and Blidi Wreh-Wilson hasn't played yet either. Cox has been steady since arriving in town, and Coty Sensabaugh has been solid as well.
Undrafted rookie Cody Riggs has also made a mark while getting more reps.
"Adding a guy like Perrish, the guy had five interceptions last year, so that just shows his playmaking ability,'' McCourty said. "He's been a big asset, and having the young guys like Cody Riggs step up and play well has been fun to watch, too. Watching Coty Sensabaugh this training camp has really been a joy for me. It's been great watching all of them have success."
Cox, who played at Oklahoma State, wants to help change the look of the secondary in 2015.
He's liked what he's seen around him so far.
"I like this team, and the fan base and the city itself is great,'' Cox said. "My whole thing is I know what the record was last season (2-14), and I know they need help. I saw the opportunity to come in and help change things and what fans think of this team and that is one of the reasons why I came here."