Titans' Randall Tries Third Position
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Posted Aug 25, 2006

It's by no means your typical path to a roster spot in the National Football League -- quarterback to safety to linebacker. But Marcus Randall just might pull it off with the Tennessee Titans this season.

Undrafted out of LSU, Marcus Randall got a look at quarterback but the Tennessee Titans decided they could put his athleticism to better use and shifted him to safety.

But for much of training camp he's run as the second team left outside linebacker and has impressed his coaches.

But the Titans are thinner at safety and deeper at linebacker, where they just added three players in the draft.

"I try not to think about that," Randall said. "Right now I am running with the twos (second team) and I am trying to just keep working and keep learning, keep pressing on."

Defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz said the move from safety to linebacker was a logical one.

Randall was struggling to keep his weight down to play safety, a position where he qualified as a bit slow with speed in the range of 4.6 seconds in the 40-yard dash.

But he qualifies as a fast linebacker with that speed and is back over 230 pounds.

"Is he as far along as he would have been if he had another year at safety? No," Schwartz said. "Does he have more potential as a linebacker? Yes. The biggest thing for him is what role is he going to have on special teams?"

Randall is more appealing as a special teamer if he's a reserve linebacker, creating room for another, faster special teamer who's a backup safety.

"Special teams was my ticket last year," Randall said, referring to the three games he played. "That's going to be my ticket again this year if I'm going to get out there on the field.

"But it's looking like something unfortunate is going to have to happen for that to happen. Still, right now, I've got to bust my tail on special teams."

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