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Notes from Nashville: Baltimore native-turned-Titan shows his Purple side

In Today's Sun, we wrote about how Baltimore native Vincent Fuller, now a fourth-year safety with the Titans, could have a crucial role Saturday because he'll be the nickel defensive back taking on the slot receiver, often Derrick Mason, on obvious passing downs. Fuller, a Woodlawn High grad, also said that as a teenager, he was a huge Ravens fan.

During the conversation, it was easy to tell that even though Fuller is a Titan these days, the "fan" in anyone who really is a true fan stays strong.

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Fuller was reflecting on the enthusiasm the Baltimore region has for the Purple-and-Black and made this small slip: "My family and friends tell me (about the excitement over the game). … Baltimore is excited, that's how we get …"

Fuller immediately realized a "we" had slipped out and quickly corrected himself.

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"That's how they get about Ravens football," he finished the sentence.

"Any time the Ravens make a playoff push, Baltimore goes crazy," he continued, "so being from there, I know how big of a weekend this is."

Fuller becomes an unrestricted agent after this season so it will be interesting to see how much interest there is in him around the league. He broke his leg in the second game of his rookie season, against the Ravens and didn't get his career going until his third year.

Over the last two seasons, his stats have been very good for a backup. He had 43 tackles this year and 35 in 2007. He's a nickel back as a safety so that would seem to indicate he has better-than-average cover skills for his position and he has been a gunner on special teams.

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