With no chance of making the playoffs during the last few weeks of the regular season, the Titans could afford to take longer looks at some of the less-experienced players on their roster.
They did just that, making some noteworthy changes at cornerback, safety and tackle.
Whether those moves were a sneak peek for 2013 — or merely a case of taking a look at player development — will depend on a number of factors.
But here's a closer look at what transpired and what it might mean for the future:
Cornerback: Second-year pro Tommie Campbell was a hot name during training camp, but he saw very little action — outside of special teams work — for most of the season.
However, Campbell saw a bit more of the field in Week 15 against Green Bay and then got a heavy dose of action in the season finale against Jacksonville, as he was on the field for 52 of Tennessee's 74 defensive snaps.
In addition, rookie Coty Sensabaugh was on the field for 63 defensive snaps against the Jaguars.
Alterraun Verner was the man who saw his playing time decrease in the finale, as he was on the bench for the start of the second half and wound up getting just 31 defensive snaps.
Verner said he wasn't surprised, noting that the Titans "wanted to see what people could do." But he was also very complimentary of Campbell, whose deflection of a Chad Henne pass led to a Zach Brown interception.
"I have no doubt about Tommie Campbell being a starter somewhere, whether it's here later on or next year, or somewhere else," Verner said. "I feel like he has a lot of skills that are going to make him successful in this league and he's hungry. He wants to learn. He wants to get better, so I have no doubt about it."
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