It Looks Like the Titans Have a Fighter in Cornerback Kristian Fulton


NASHVILLE – A popular question presented itself following the Titans comeback win on Sunday in Seattle, and it centered on the team's ability to respond to adversity.

Cornerback Kristian Fulton's answer was as good as any.

"A lot of guys are fighters," Fulton explained. "That's kind of the thing that Coach (Mike) Vrabel wants to build his team around, guys that are going to fight, no matter the situation. … I feel like that is what this team is built around. We want to build our foundation, and we want to show our foundation to the world."

The Titans, who rallied from a two-touchdown second half deficit to beat the Seahawks 33-30 in overtime, look they've got a fighter in Fulton.

A second-round pick by the Titans in the 2020 NFL Draft out of LSU, Fulton has been one of the bright spots in the defense during the first two weeks.

Fulton was scrappy in his coverage against Seahawks receiver DK Metcalf on Sunday, a week after standing strong against Cardinals veteran receiver A.J. Green.

On Monday, Titans coach Mike Vrabel praised Fulton for his play.

"I think he has played well," Vrabel said of Fulton. "We had high expectations for Kristian and the way he performed in the offseason and the way he performed in training camp. Confidence is a large part of life, and in football, and obviously most importantly playing corner. … I thought he did a nice job of (keeping his composure)."

In two games, Fulton has been credited with three passes defensed, and four tackles while starting both contests. While Metcalf had six catches for 53 yards in Sunday's game, he had minimal success against Fulton.

Fulton played in six games during his rookie season in 2020, and he was credited with 16 tackles with an interception and a sack.

Fulton said his confidence in growing, and he appreciates the confidence the coaching staff has shown in him. But he knows he's far from perfect, which keeps him striving to get better.

"It's fun going against some of the top guys in the league, and just getting that opportunity each week," Fulton said. "The coaches believe in me to face those guys, and I just wanted to put my best foot forward and just try to make as many plays as I can to help the team win.

"It's definitely big … when the coaches believe in you, it gives you an extra boost of confidence. It's great to know that the coaches believe in me, and I don't want to let them down."

The Titans face the Colts in Week 3 on Sunday at Nissan Stadium.

Fulton wants to keep playing at a high level. Fulton played all 54 of the team's defensive snaps against Seattle, a week after playing all 69 of the defense's snaps against the Cardinals. Fulton has also been contributing on special teams.

"Being confident and just being comfortable (is key)," Fulton said. "I feel like the game has slowed down for me a lot this year. The veterans have been helping me, the coaches have been helping me with film. I'm just trying to make plays and I'm just trying to make sure I build up on my games throughout the week in practice. I just want to make sure the guys are giving me good looks so I can be ready on Sundays."

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