Colin McCarthy Leads Titans in Tackles for 2nd Straight Week

ATLANTA One week after making a strong impression in his first start, Titans rookie middle linebacker Colin McCarthy posted quite a relief performance.

He entered the game against the Falcons in the second quarter following an injury to starter Barrett Ruud and piled up a game-high 10 tackles, including a game-high three for loss. He also forced a critical fumble, one the Titans turned into a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

McCarthy’s outing was more impressive given that he missed a lot of practice time last week with a sore knee.

“I don’t feel like I was doing anything out of the ordinary,” he said. “That’s what a middle linebacker is supposed to do. I was trying to get everybody lined up — making the calls and just being vocal. There were lots of opportunities for a middle linebacker and I tried to do that.”

The Titans have said they like the knowledge and poise that Ruud bring to the middle linebacker spot, but McCarthy may be pushing him for the starting spot.

“It’s not my decision,” McCarthy said. “When I’m given the opportunity, I’m going to make the most of it. We’re just pushing each other … I know he’s still dealing with some injuries, so the opportunities I get, I’ve got to take advantage of them. When all is said and done between me and Barrett, all we want to do is win games.”

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