Author: Steve Rivera @IAmSteveRivera
The Tennessee Titans find themselves with a potential quarterback conflict. Or, maybe not, depending on your view of things. When the Titans selected Malik Willis with the 86the overall selection in the 2022 NFL Draft, the writing looked to be on the wall for incumbent signal caller Ryan Tannehill.
Willis, whose slide is attributed to a perceived lack of readiness to be an immediate starter, looks to have the best of both worlds. First, there is zero pressure to be the opening day starter. Second, Tannehill allows the Titans to redesign an offense that better suits the triple-threat type of quarterback Willis is.
The 10-year veteran who will turn 34 in July, is already looking over his shoulder. With a contract that expires in 2023, any success Willis produces this season could make Tannehill expendable. So much so, the defensive posture is already beginning to show.
“We’re competing against each other. We’re watching the same tape. We’re doing the same drills,” Tannehill said. “I don’t think it’s my job to mentor him. But if he learns from me along the way, then that’s a great thing.”
Several NFL general managers and offensive coordinators concede that Willis is an elite athlete who has triple-threat potential. His slide to the third round shows that some in the league see some holes in his game. That said, the upside is undeniable.
Does that mean Tannehill is expendable in 2022? Of course, who isn’t? If Willis shows any capacity to contribute this season, what team looking for a final playoff push would not have interest?
Time is growing short for Ryan Tannehill and the Tennessee Titans. That’s the nature of the game and the veteran knows it.
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