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Veteran CB Buster Skrine Fitting in Well With the Titans


NASHVILLE – Buster Skrine is no stranger to Tennessee, and the NFL.

The veteran cornerback, signed by the Titans on November 23, is in his 11 NFL season. Skrine, who is from Woodstock, Georgia, played in college at Tennessee-Chattanooga.

Already, Skrine is fitting in very well with the Titans.

In Sunday's win over the Jaguars, Skrine played all 55 of the snaps on defense, and he intercepted Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence in the fourth quarter.

"Old vet move," a smiling Skrine said of his INT. "I knew the route was coming. I showed outside, knowing it was going to be a dig behind me, and he threw it."

Titans Coach Mike Vrabel has been happy with what he's seen from Skrine.

"He is a professional," Vrabel said of Skrine. "I mean, he has been nothing but a consummate professional, coming in here, meeting. Play inside, played outside (vs the Jaguars). I've really enjoyed being around him. He's been a really good addition to our football team. It was a really nice play (on the INT). ... But his professionalism I would say has been up there with anybody that I can remember that we've brought in midway through."

Skrine, who has played with the Browns, Jets, Bears and 49ers since arriving in the NFL as a fifth round pick of the Browns in 2011, has played in 154 career games.

Skrine's interception on Sunday was the 10th of his career.

The Titans signed Skrine at a time when they were thinned out in the secondary due to injuries. Skrine, who was waived by the 49ers in October, felt from the start he'd landed in a good place, and not just because he's familiar with the area.

"I definitely feel like this is a black and blue team -- run the ball first, play tough defense," Skrine said. "I feel like that is pretty much my game."

Now, he just wants to keep helping the team any way he can.

Skrine, who played 20 of 60 snaps in his Titans debut vs Patriots back on November 28, was credited with four tackles and two passes defensed against the Jaguars.

Skrine said the play of the front seven on Sunday made things easier for guys in the secondary. The Titans sacked Lawrence three times on Sunday, while intercepting him four times.

"The front seven was eating," Skrine said. "It seemed like every time we were in coverage, the crowd was roaring because the quarterback was (getting) sacked. So big props to them."

Next up for the Titans – a game against the Steelers, in Pittsburgh.

"One game at a time, and our season is just getting started," Skrine said. "We just have to keep preparing like we did last week and get on a run."

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