Titans rookie QB Malik Willis dismisses Ryan Tannehill’s mentor feedback

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee rookie quarterback Malik Willis says his new teammate Ryan Tannehill is an effective dude, and Titans coach Mike Vrabel dismissed any lingering concern over his veteran stating the plain.

Tannehill is the Titans’ beginning quarterback, not a mentor or a coach.

“His job is to organize to assist us win a bunch of video games and and be a terrific teammate and assist out,” Vrabel mentioned Friday. “And I do know that he is going to try this. In order that was not any kind of concern for me.”

Tannehill made information Could 3 when he mentioned he did not suppose it was his job to mentor the Titans’ latest quarterback in Willis, their third-round draft select of Liberty. Tannehill’s feedback blew up on social media, one thing Vrabel mentioned Friday he does not gauge.

“I assumed Ryan dealt with that very properly,” Vrabel mentioned. “I assumed he was real. I assumed he’s genuine. And I do know Ryan is a superb teammate. All people right here is aware of he is a terrific teammate. And that isn’t his job.”

Requested about Tannehill’s remark, Willis had a fast response.

“What remark?” Willis quipped earlier than a fast follow-up query. “Oh, man, we chopped it up. I imply, it was by no means something detrimental. Ryan’s dude. Like i mentioned he had us over to the home. Every thing’s cool.”

The curiosity in Willis is intense given he’s the highest-drafted quarterback by the Titans since taking Marcus Mariota at No. 2 general in 2015. The Titans not solely chosen Willis at No. 86 general, they traded up 4 spots within the third spherical to verify they acquired him.

And Tannehill is coming off a season through which he had his most interceptions since his second season within the NFL, capped by three in a divisional playoff loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. The nine-year veteran additionally has the NFL’s highest salary-cap quantity after transforming his contract final summer season to unlock house for Julio Jones.