Titans Have Definitive Answer to Starting Quarterback Situation
The Tennessee Titans' quarterback situation became a lot more interesting when former Liberty QB Malik Willis fell to them in Round 3 of the 2022 NFL Draft. While Ryan Tannehill is the battle-tested veteran, there's no denying Wilis' potential — especially after he's turned in some solid preseason showings.
ESPN's Dianna Russini spoke on "NFL Live" on Wednesday to discuss the Titans' signal-caller situation. For any curious fans, Russini had a definitive answer, saying that Tennessee is Tannehill's team and that there's no doubting his status as the No. 1 QB.
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While Tannehill hasn't played a preseason snap, Russini isn't worried about how he'll perform. She says that the veteran gunslinger "looks fantastic" and that he's "bounced back mentally" after coming up short against the Cincinnati Bengals in the Division Round of the 2021-22 NFL playoffs.
Tannehill completed 357 passes for 3,734 yards and 21 touchdowns to four interceptions while leading the Titans to back-to-back AFC South crowns. Things will be tougher now that he no longer has wideout A.J. Brown at his disposal after the latter was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles this offseason.
The good news is that Russini is confident that Tannehill can make it work with the weapons that he has, including veteran Robert Woods, rookie wideout Treylon Burks and, of course, the freight train known as Derrick Henry in the backfield.
"I know there's no A.J. Brown on the field, but [Tannehill] has done a really good job of figuring out all the different weapons that he can use and finding their best characteristic."- Dianna Russini on Ryan Tannehill
That isn't to say that Willis won't play at all in his rookie year. In June, Titans insider Turron Davenport said there was a 25% chance that Willis could suit up at some point in 2022, likely in Week 15 or later, to evaluate what they have.
After all, Tennessee can save $19.8 million in cap space by moving on from Tannehill in 2023, according to Spotrac. There's still a while until that happens, meaning Titans fans should only focus on whether or not the 34-year-old can bring Nashville its first-ever Super Bowl title.
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