If it comes to who’s beginning under centre for the Titans this year, there is no tumult at Tennessee: Marcus Mariota is the newcomer and Ryan Tannehill is not.
That is the word out of Titans coach Mike Vrabel, who reiterated this weekend that Tannehill, whom Tennessee obtained in a trade from the Miami Dolphins, will not be competing for beginning snaps in training camp.
“His occupation as a copy — everybody’s occupation as a backup — would be to push the man in front of him,” Vrabel said this weekend, per UPI. “To compete and try to make yourself better and attempt to make the team and see how everybody responds.”
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This season will probably be Tannehill as a QB. He was often on the bench in Miami but because of harm instead of performance reasons. Drafted by Miami overall at the 2012 draft, Tannehill began 77 straight games to start his career before being felled by a torn ACL. The Dolphins, under new direction, proceeded on from Tannehill that this offseason, shipping him to Tennessee and replacing him with Josh Rosen and Ryan Fitzpatrick.
The former Fins newcomer has said this offseason that transitioning to a backup role has been”definitely tough at times,” but he is acclimating well to carrying a back seat to Mariota.
“I believe there is a great deal of mutual respect between us,” Tannehill said in late May. “I’m going to attempt to assist Marcus as much as I can. I believe Marcus has done exactly the same for me.”
Though Mariota’s starting job is not immediately threatened by Tannehill’s presence, the Titans franchise QB is on a brief leash this year. Mariota is entering the fifth and last year of his rookie deal with no assurance he will get a new contract in the club.
The former second overall selection has dealt with injuries and struggled with unsteady play throughout the last four seasons, such as Tannehill. Mariota sat out the final two matches of this 2018 campaign with a stinger, ceding duties to usher Tennessee into the postseason into Blaine Gabbert. The Titans couldn’t get the task done, dropping their season finale to the rival Indianapolis Colts at home on”Sunday Night Football.”
The trade for Tannehill seemed a direct reply to the annoyance of last year’s conclusion. Tennessee needed better Mariota insurance, for this season and perhaps a Mariota-less year in the not too distant future, and Tannehill had the bona fides.
Tennessee is expecting Tannehill flips a change in Mariota at the latter’s contract . However, whether the existence of a longtime starting signal-caller supporting a franchise quarterback like Mariota will complicate things at Titans camp remains to be seen.
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