NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says there's "not a lot of optimism" that Titans QB Ryan Tannehill (ankle) will be able to play vs. the Chiefs tonight. That'd mean a 2nd straight start for rookie QB Malik Willis, who reportedly took most of the reps in practice this week. Willis threw just 10 passes in a comfortable win over the Texans last week. Tennessee will certainly hope to go run-heavy again tonight -- but there's a good chance that Willis is forced to throw it a bunch more with the Chiefs 12.5-point favorites. That doesn't figure to go well for Willis based on what we saw last week.
Titans QB Ryan Tannehill completed 20 of 24 passes for 246 yards and 1 TD in Week 2’s OT win vs. the Chargers. The veteran also recorded a 12-yard rushing TD in the victory. We’re certainly not ready to immediately trust Tannehill as a fantasy option outside of 2QB or superflex leagues, but this performance was considerably better than his 3 INT game vs. the Saints last Sunday. This effort should stave off Malik Willis or Will Levis watch in Nashville for a little while. We’ll see how the Titans fare in Week 3 vs. the Browns.
Titans QB Ryan Tannehill completed just 16 of his 34 passes in Sunday's one-point loss at New Orleans. He tossed 3 INTs and took 3 sacks while throwing for just 198 yards. It's fair to wonder how many similar performances it would take for Tennessee to yank Tannehill and try a younger QB. Malik Willis was the backup for the opener but didn't enter the game. Rookie Will Levis was a healthy scratch. We'll see whether Tannehill can bounce back at home against the Chargers in Week 2. But he's clearly not a fantasy option anywhere you can help it.
Titans QB Ryan Tannehill endured a rough 2022. Hurting his right ankle twice led to two stretches of missed games. When on the field, though, he played fine. His 65.2% completion rate remained in line with his career rate (64.3%). His 4.0% TD rate was below league average for starters but matched his 2021 number. His 1.8% TD rate was the second-lowest of his career. And Tannehill ranked a decent 18th in Pro Football Focus passing grade among 43 QBs with 150+ dropbacks. That followed rankings of 10th, seventh and third. Tannehill now heads into his age-35 season with a cap hit near $37 million and almost $19 million in dead cap if Tennessee were to move on. His competition is a second-round rookie (Will Levis) and second-year player who stunk as a rookie (Malik Willis). You can tell by our superflex rankings that we're not expecting a high-impact season from Tannehill. But he finished each of the previous three years among the top 16 QBs in fantasy points per game. Something near that would make Tannehill a nice value in superflex and 2-QB formats.
According to ESPN’s Dan Graziano, there’s “no indication that the Titans plan to move on from [Ryan] Tannehill this offseason.” Tannehill is scheduled to make a non-guaranteed $27 million in a contract year. Graziano adds that he wouldn’t be “surprised” to see Tannehill’s name come up in trade talks — if the Titans start poorly. Rookie QB Will Levis is off the redraft radar, but there remains a real chance he takes snaps in 2023.
When asked who the team's starting QB will be in 2023 on Tuesday, Titans HC Mike Vrabel gave an answer that raises some eyebrows. Vrabel said, "of course," he wants Ryan Tannehill to be atop the depth chart. But he says he doesn't want to make predictions, adding that he'd "been through this last year," alluding to the trade that sent WR A.J. Brown to the Eagles from last year. "I am not going to commit to anybody being on our roster in September. I've seen it change too quickly." The 35-year-old Tannehill only has one year remaining on his contract, and the Titans' offense that ranked 21st in Football Outsiders' total offensive DVOA in 2022 is clearly in transition. QB Malik Willis' rookie season didn't look particularly great in limited action last season either, so the need at the position is glaring for the Titans. Maybe there's nothing to see here, but keeping tabs on whispers coming out of Nashville may prove wise.
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