Picking the Brain of Veterans – and Being Picky With His Diet – A Part of Titans CB Kristian Fulton's Offseason


NASHVILLE – From afar, veteran safety Tyrann Mathieu has watched Kristian Fulton's growth.

Like Mathieu, the Titans cornerback played at LSU.

In 2021, Fulton began to establish himself in the league while starting 13 games.

"He's grown so much, from watching him at LSU and obviously coming to Tennessee," Mathieu, a 10-year veteran, said of Fulton. "I thought he was a big part of those guy's success defensively (last) season, obviously along with Kevin Byard, he had a great year. But I thought Kristian stepped up, I thought he played well and I'm just looking forward to seeing him continue to grow in this league.

"I think he has a good feel for routes; he's been playing cornerback a long time and I think he's comfortable," Mathieu continued. "You could play him off, obviously he could press, and then his play-making skills as well. He can stick his foot in the ground and get his hand on a ball or two."

Mathieu, who signed with the Saints this week after playing previously with the Cardinals, Texans and Chiefs, made his comments about Fulton to TennesseeTitans.com while at the Pro Bowl.

On Tuesday, Fulton said Mathieu is one of the league's veterans he's talked to this offseason in an attempt to learn how to take his game to the next level.

A second-round pick of the Titans in the 2020 NFL Draft, Fulton finished the 2021 season with 40 tackles and two interceptions after registering 16 tackles, an interception and a sack in his rookie season.

Fulton also led the Titans with 14 passes defensed in 2021. Fulton led or tied for the team lead in passes defensed eight times in 2021, despite missing four games.

He wants to make more of an impact in 2021.

"Just playing smarter, playing faster, being more physical," Fulton said on Tuesday. "I want to be around the ball more, however I can do that, (and) hopefully the coaches trust me more this year to follow some guys around. So, I am just working for that."

Fulton previously said he planned to watch more film this offseason, and he's also changed his diet to find ways to make sure his body can hold up for the 17 regular season games.

"Just talking to some vets in the league to find out what helped them stay through the whole season on the field," he said. "Just trying to do things for my body like Pilates or whatever it might me."

So, about the changes in Fulton's diet…

"I can't eat ribs," he said with a smile. "Trying to cut out pork, trying meal prep, have somebody make meals for me instead of just going to buy food every day of the week."

Fulton said he's excited about the team's young group of cornerbacks, which now includes Auburn's Roger McCreary, a player the Titans took in the second round of this year's NFL Draft, and cornerback Caleb Farley, a first round pick of the Titans in 2021.

"I like his skill set," Fulton said of McCreary. "I like the way he plays the game. I feel like he has good feet on the line, he is patient. He makes a lot of plays on the ball. I am excited to see what he can do for our secondary to make us better."

Fulton also said he's been supporting Farley, whose season was cut short in 2021 because of a torn ACL.

"I try and stay positive with him," he said. "It's a process to getting healthy, but that's the main thing. You can't do much on the field until you are 100 percent. So, I keep that message to him. Once he is 100 percent I believe he'll take care of business and do what he does."

Looking ahead to 2022, Fulton is excited about the young cornerbacks on the roster.

In addition to McCreary and Farley, Elijah Molden and Chris Jackson are two young corners in a room with veteran Buster Skrine, and others.

"The potential is as high as we want it to be," he said. "I feel like we are all young, and we are ready to get going. We are going to push each other to be great, that is the expectation. We had a pretty decent year last year, but we want to be great. We are young guys, but we are still learning along the process. But I am excited. We are all versatile and we all have our separate strengths and weaknesses.

"(And) if you are competing every day, everybody is going to get better and obviously the best man is going to play. We just want to compete to make sure we are getting better, because you are going to need guys throughout the season."

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