The starting job in Tennessee is Marcus Mariota’s to lose.
Despite trading for Ryan Tannehill earlier this offseason, Titans coach Mike Vrabel recently reiterated the veteran quarterback won’t be competing for the starting job when training camp opens as he role has already been determined.
“His job as a backup — everybody’s job as a backup — is to push the guy in front of him,” Vrabel said, via United Press International . “To compete and try to make yourself better and try to make the team better and see how everybody responds.”
The Titans acquired Tannehill from the Dolphins in May in a deal that also net the team a 2019 sixth-round pick, with Miami receiving a 2019 seventh-round pick and a fourth-round selection in 2020.
Tannehill, who will turn 31 on July 27, had been Miami’s starter when healthy since 2012, when the Dolphins drafted him eighth overall. He completed 64.2 percent of his passes for 1,979 yards with 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions in 11 games last season.
As for Mariota, he threw for 2,528 yards with 11 scores and eight picks in 14 games in 2018. He’s been limited by injuries, though, as the 25-year-old is 27-28 as the starter and has yet to play all 16 games in a season since being selected second overall in 2015.