After a brief stint in the Arena Football League with Atlantic City, Khalid Wooten has returned to the Massachusetts Pirates. The former sixth round draft pick of the Tennessee Titans played in four regular season games with the Pirates last season and in the team’s playoff loss to Columbus. Now Wooten is happy to come back and contribute.
“I just want to come back and help the defense win games. That’s the main focus right now so I’m hoping my play will help boost things up. Coming back here brings back great memories and I’m glad to be part of the team,” he said.
Last season Wooten tallied 12 tackles with one pass broken up and a 27 yard interception return for a touchdown vs. Lehigh Valley. This season Wooten wants to see the Pirates eliminate mental errors in the secondary by having each player running through a checklist.
“Knowing what I have to do, knowing my role on defense. Not giving up the deep balls and things like that,” Wooten said. “Let everyone know that as a leader these are the things we have to do. You’re going to get beat deep, but as a DB, you need a short memory. You have to play on to the next play and play the rest of the game,” he added.
Wooten, (5’-11” 200 lbs.) played his college ball at the University of Nevada and was drafted by Tennessee (202 overall) in the 2013 National Football League draft. The San Bernardino, CA native was with the Titans for parts of three seasons seeing action in three games in 2014. In 2016 he played with Montreal in the Canadian Football League. Wooten also played six games with Hamilton in 2017 and later was signed by the Toronto Argonauts.
This is the first time he’s been the elder statesman in a defensive backfield and now he’s adjusting to his new status.
“I’ve never really had that happen. I don’t really feel that I’m “the Vet.” Being able to go through these experiences, I feel like I can bring a lot to the game,” he said.
When asked, what’s the first thing that has to happen he responded quickly, “Oh, we need to get a “W.” We have to with these back to back games. We have New York back to back. These next two games against New York are going to be big, especially going into a bye week.”
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