Ryan Tannehill makes bold claim about relationship with Titans teammate Malik Willis

Ryan Tannehill of the Tennessee Titans

Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill has made it quite clear what his emotions are after the team took Malik Willis in the NFL Draft.

Tannehill is currently going through something of a career renaissance with the Titans, having struggled during his first few years in the league with the Miami Dolphins.

With ace running back Derrick Henry there to take off some of the load and with some excellent targets to throw at over the years like A.J Brown and Cory Davis over the past few seasons, he has really elevated himself into a respectable QB in the league. 

He has to watch his back though

But his place is very much under threat now after the Titans’ actions during the NFL Draft last week. 

With talk heading into the event that this year’s class wasn’t exactly up to par, that allowed a number of them to drop into the third round and beyond, with the lone exception being Kenny Pickett who was picked up at #20 by the Pittsburgh Steelers

One such was Willis, the 22-year-old out of Liberty University, who was the third quarterback taken at #86 overall after the aforementioned Pickett and Desmond Ritter who went #74 to the Atlanta Falcons.

With a 3rd round pick being spent on a quarterback, expectations should be set somewhat low, with the idea that they will need to be developed a little bit more going forward instead of taking on the starting role in Week 1 of their rookie year. 

Not on Tannehill’s watch

However, the responsibility to help develop Willis into someone who can become a starting calbire player for the Tennessee Titans won’t be taken on by the veteran Tannehill apparently, as he made his thoughts clear during a press conference yesterday:

Pretty much the attitude of ‘if he does, he does, if he doesn’t, he doesn’t’, but he won’t be going out of his way to make him a better player.

This of course isn’t the first time that a quarterback has taken up the ‘not my job’ manta, with Brett Favre famously refusing to hold Aaron Rodgers’ hand during their years in Green Bay together. 

And things seemed to turn out OK for Rodgers as he picked up his 4th NFL MVP last year, so tutoring from the guy above you isn’t necessarily a must to be successful in this league.

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