NASHVILLE, Tenn. — In the wake of injuries to starting cornerbacks LeShaun Sims and Adoree’ Jackson, the Tennessee Titans have brought in veteran corner Tramaine Brock as a reinforcement.

On Tuesday, the team was awarded the former Arizona Cardinal off of waivers. The Cardinals waived Brock on Monday following a 31-9 loss to the Saints the day before.

A 10-year veteran with experience in a number of different defensive schemes, Brock gives the Titans some added depth in the defensive backfield. First, though, he’ll have to learn a brand new defense.

“He’s a guy who’s played a lot of football in this league,” Titans head coach Mike Vrabel said. “We’ll see how he does and how he reacts to what we do, our terminology and our scheme. As much as he can handle, we can try to give him.

“We watched him before we took a look at him. He’s played a lot of snaps, he played on Sunday, played some special teams and tried to be competitive there. We’ll see how it goes this week.”

“I was at the house just waiting to hear from my agent and other teams,” said Brock, who believes he gives the Titans someone with “the ability to make plays” and who can “get the team to where we all want to go.”

“It happened Tuesday, got cut on Monday, it wasn’t that long. I was excited when I got the call.”

Brock has already begun the process of learning the Titans’ defensive playbook. He spent most of the morning on Wednesday meeting with defensive backs coach Kerry Coombs and defensive assistant Scott Booker.

“It’s the first day,” Brock said. “It hasn’t been hectic, but there’s been a lot of studying going on and more will have to go on in the near future. After practice, after meetings I’m going to have to stay behind and get up to speed.”

Luckily for Brock, the Titans have a number of talented veterans in the secondary whom he can lean on for guidance as he learns the defense.

“When we’re on the field, especially during practice, we need to make sure we’re communicating with him,” safety Kevin Byard said. “I understand that it’s tough to come into a team this late in the year and have to learn the entire defense.

“We put a lot of things in. I think, us as a DB room, we do a great job of communicating with each other, so we’ll make sure that we’re all on the same page.”

“The more people that can help new guys get acclimated to the system, the better,” Vrabel said.

With the Cardinals, a team that currently has a record of 3-8-1, Brock was at the bottom of his division without much to play for at all.

With the Titans, on the other hand, Brock has plenty to play for. The Titans, at 7-5, have a legitimate shot at making the postseason if they can take care of business over the course of their late-season schedule.

That change in circumstance gives Brock some new life.

“That’s a blessing in disguise, being able to come in and compete to try and get into the playoffs,” he said.

Neither Jackson nor Sims participated in Wednesday’s practice for the Titans.

Cover image: Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today

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