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The Tennessee Titans came into the 2020 NFL Draft with plenty of needs. They traded away veteran defensive tackle Jurrell Casey, Logan Ryan still remains unsigned and Jack Conklin moved on to Cleveland in free agency. During the Draft, most of those holes were filled but there is one spot that continues to be a question mark.
Last season, the Titans headed into the season with Marcus Mariota as the starter but on shaky ground. Just for good measure, the Titans traded for veteran quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Who knew that would be a huge signing for the Titans?
After replacing Mariota the seventh game of the season against the Los Angeles Chargers, Tannehill became the quarterback the Titans needed as they went on a run that took them all the way to the AFC Title game.
With Tannehill back this season on a lucrative four-year $118 million deal, the Titans were set at the starting quarterback position. While they were set at the starting quarterback position, the next question was how would the Titans address the backup quarterback spot?
The Titans were very quiet about that spot this offseason leading up to the NFL Draft. In the draft, they selected Hawaii quarterback Cole McDonald. The 6’3″, 215-pound quarterback was picked in the seventh round and immediately there was talk of him as the backup. If the season were to start today, McDonald along with Logan Woodside would be competing for the backup role.
Neither of these names should make you feel comfortable due to both lacking experience and haven’t shown they can play on the professional level. If the Titans are to go this route, they are betting on Tannehill to be healthy and to continue his progression from last season where he revived his career.
There is no doubt Tannehill had a great season and he could very well do the same thing this season but he is only one injury away from the backup taking the field. With either of these two, the Titans may take a giant step back.
With what the Titans currently have, they may want to invest in the veteran quarterback market. As you look around, there are plenty that are available.
There is one with veteran experience and a Super Bowl ring in Joe Flacco. There is another available in former Kansas City Chiefs backup Matt Moore, who showed what he could do in the absence of Patrick Mahomes. Last but not least, there is always the thought of Cam Newton.
Those three would easily be upgrades over what the Titans currently have now. It isn’t known if any of these three are even wanting to come to Nashville and be a backup for the Titans at the quarterback spot but at least, it’s worth a try to bring them in.
If the Titans stay with the youth they have as backups, then they will have done their team a disservice, especially if Tannehill gets hurt or reverts back to his previous form.
It will be interesting to see what happens, but this hole wasn’t caused by the results of the draft at all. It will be interesting to see if anything else is done at that position or if they go with what they have but more can definitely be done.