NASHVILLE – In time, cornerback Caleb Farley will have a chance to prove to the Titans he was worthy of the first-round pick from last year's NFL Draft.
Right now, Farley's mission is much simpler: Get healthy, and ready to compete in 2022.
So far, those around him have been impressed by what they've seen.
"He has really worked hard," Titans General Manager Jon Robinson said of Farley from the NFL owners meetings. "He has been in there a lot working, rehabbing. He is changing his body. He is a taller corner, and he has added some mass to his upper body. He has done a nice job."
Titans head coach Mike Vrabel has seen the same work ethic.
"He looks like he has been rehabbing hard and doing what he has been asked to do," Vrabel said of Farley. "I like his consistency. He looks good, and he certainly looks stronger when I see him in the training room."
Selected 22nd overall in last year's NFL Draft out of Virginia Tech, Farley played in just three games during his rookie season in 2021 before suffering a season-ending knee injury. He was credited with two tackles and a pass defensed against Jacksonville before starting against Buffalo the following week.
Then came the injury, in the second quarter of the team's October 18 against the Bills. Farley had recorded a pair of tackles before suffering the injury.
Robinson said Farley has made strides during his rehabilitation since being placed on Injured Reserve.
Last August, Farley started training camp on the team's Non-Football Injury list, as he dealt with recovery and rehabilitation from the back surgery he had in college. After recovering from issues related to his offseason back surgery, it was a shoulder injury that kept him out of action early in the 2021 season.
At the time, Titans secondary coach Anthony Midget said Farley did a good job during his time rehabbing, staying mentally involved so he'd be in a position to help when needed.
"I have been very pleased with what he has shown, as far as his attention to detail with the gameplan, and him studying away from the building," Midget said of Farley last year. "I think he has gotten a lot better at that, and it has been encouraging to see.
"He's in the meetings every day, he's involved, he asks questions, and he is doing reports on everything we ask him to do."
Farley was just beginning to make strides in 2021 before his season-ending injury, Robinson said.
Now, the team is looking forward to seeing him back in the competition.
"It's just unfortunate what happened with Caleb," Robinson said. "He came back to practice, was excited. He had a couple of good weeks of practice, and then (he was injured). But Caleb knows what he has to do, and he's been working extremely hard with our training staff, rehabbing, and trying to get back out there.
"I am excited to see him get out there and help the football team."