Ryan Tannehill

Tennessee Titans
Quarterback #17
Tennessee Titans
Quarterback #17
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Firm grasp on starting job

Tannehill will remain the Titans' starting quarterback even after the team drafted Malik Willis in the third round of the 2022 NFL Draft, Turron Davenport of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Tannehill helped lead the Titans to the top seed in the AFC in 2021, yet there was some concern about the level of his play throughout the season. That stemmed primarily from turnovers, as he threw 14 interceptions and lost four fumbles across 17 games. He also threw three interceptions in the team's playoff defeat to Cincinnati, ending his campaign on a particularly sour note. However, Tannehill isn't likely to be immediately pushed for his starting job by Willis, who is regarded as an extremely talented -- but raw -- prospect. On the other hand, the selection of Willis could be the first sign that Tannehill's reign is nearing its end in Tennessee, as he is entering his age-34 season and his current contract expires at the conclusion of the 2023 season.

Apr 30, 2022 8:26 AM EST


Three costly turnovers

Tannehill completed 15 of 24 passes for 220 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions in Saturday's 19-16 divisional-round loss to the Bengals.

Analysis: Tannehill began the game in inauspicious fashion, throwing an interception on his first attempt. While things improved from there, he ended the game with another pick that set up the game-winning field goal for Cincinnati. Positively, Tannehill connected on several big plays with A.J. Brown that went for gains of 41,40 and 33 yards. However, that wasn't enough to overcome his mistakes, something that became far too common for Tannehill in 2021. After throwing only 13 interceptions across his first 28 games in Tennessee, he threw 17 across 18 contests in 2021. Even in the face of those struggles, Tannehill will almost certainly enter 2022 as the starting quarterback in Tennessee, as it would cost the team $57.4 million to move on from him.

Jan 22, 2022 7:35 PM EST



Lights up Texans

Tannehill completed 23 of 32 passes for 287 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions in Sunday's 28-25 win over the Texans.

Analysis: Tannehill led the Titans to the top seed in the AFC with his most impressive performance of the season. He threw for more than two touchdowns for the first time since Week 8, connecting with four different receivers for scores from three, four, five and 14 yards away. The Titans' game plan was regularly centered around the rushing attack and strong defense this season, in turn limiting Tannehill to only 21 touchdowns and 3,734 passing yards -- both of which were lower marks than his 2020 marks despite one extra contest. Even given that context, Tannehill was mistake prone by throwing 14 interceptions -- more than his last two seasons combined. He'll look to clean up those mistakes as Tennessee begins its playoff push.

Jan 9, 2022 5:16 PM EST


Tosses pair of touchdowns

Tannehill completed 13 of his 18 passes for 120 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in Sunday's 34-3 win over the Dolphins.

Analysis: The Titans were leading comfortably for much of the game, which limited Tannehill to a season-low 18 pass attempts. However, he was still able to throw for multiple touchdowns for the first time since Week 8, connecting with Geoff Swaim and Anthony Firkser from one and 15 yards away, respectively. Tannehill is likely to end up in a similar game script in Week 18 against Houston, so he may take to the air a limited number of times once again.

Jan 2, 2022 7:35 PM EST


Leads second-half comeback

Tannehill completed 22 of 29 passes for 209 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions in Thursday's 20-17 win over San Francisco. He added three rushes for 22 yards.

Analysis: Tannehill's final line wasn't all that impressive, as he failed to reach 225 passing yards for the sixth time in his last seven games. However, he led a second half offensive surge for the Titans and accounted for 169 passing yards and all of his yards on the ground in the final two quarters. His efforts were highlighted on a drive that spanned late in third quarter to early in the fourth quarter, when he connected with A.J. Brown for three receptions and 72 yards and culminated in an 18-yard touchdown between the duo. Overall, Tannehill has done what's necessary to keep the Titans' near the top of the AFC, though that hasn't led to notable fantasy production heading into a Week 17 matchup against Miami.

Dec 23, 2021 9:37 PM EST



Finds end zone on ground

Tannehill completed 23 of his 32 passes for 153 yards, no touchdowns and one interception in Sunday's 19-13 loss to Pittsburgh. He added five rushes for 18 yards and a score on the ground.

Analysis: Tannehill continued his dreadful performance through the air, turning in his third consecutive game without reaching 200 passing yards. That has coincided with A.J. Brown (chest) being sidelined, and Julio Jones being a non-factor while also re-injuring his hamstring. Tannehill did manage to salvage his performance with a one-yard rushing score midway through the first quarter. Though he's now found the end zone as a rusher in four of his last six games, Tannehill has failed to throw for multiple touchdowns in that same six-contest span.

Dec 19, 2021 2:47 PM EST


Mediocre performance in blowout win

Tannehill completed 20 of 31 passes for 191 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions Sunday's 20-0 win over the Jaguars. He added four rushes for 29 yards and a touchdown.

Analysis: Tannehill didn't have to do much to lead the Titans' to victory, as the team attempted 34 rushes as opposed to his 31 passing attempts. He averaged only 6.2 yards per attempt and failed to top 200 passing yards for the third time in his last five games. Tannehill did manage to salvage his performance with a five-yard rushing score in the third quarter. He may be forced to the air more often in what could be a high-scoring affair at Pittsburgh in Week 15.

Dec 12, 2021 5:47 PM EST


Struggles with short-handed crew

Tannehill completed 11 of 21 passes for 93 yards with a touchdown and an interception while adding 24 yards on five rushes in the Titans' 36-13 loss to the Patriots on Sunday. He also committed a fumble recovered by Tennessee.

Analysis: With all of A.J. Brown (chest), Julio Jones (hamstring) and Marcus Johnson (hamstring) on injured reserve, Tannehill was forced to rely on a makeshift wideout corps that wasn't able to do its part to help him keep the ball moving downfield against a stingy Patriots defense. The passing yardage total was Tannehill's lowest of the season by far, although he was able to extend his streak of at least one passing touchdown to six games with a one-yard scoring toss to Nick Westbrook-Ikhine int he second quarter. If Sunday's results are any indication, there's reason for concern among Tannehill fantasy managers until one of either Jones or Brown is able to make it back to action. Tannehill's next opportunity to atone for Sunday's meager numbers comes in a Week 14 home matchup versus the Jaguars following a Week 13 bye.

Nov 28, 2021 2:16 PM EST


Four turnovers against Texans

Tannehill completed 35 of 52 pass attempts for 323 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions in Sunday's 22-13 loss to the Texans. He added two rushes for three yards.

Analysis: There was consistent rain throughout the contest in Tennessee and that seemed to have a significant effect on Tannehill's effectiveness. In addition to four interceptions, he also fumbled twice, though both were recovered by the Titans. A combination of the weather and turnovers limited Tannehill to only 6.2 yards per attempt, and he logged only four passes that went for gains of at least 15 yards. Tannehill has now failed to throw for multiple touchdowns in nine of his 11 games this season heading into a Week 12 matchup against a New England defense that has stifled opponents of late.

Nov 21, 2021 4:02 PM EST


Manages Titans to win

Tannehill completed 19 of 27 pass attempts for 213 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 23-21 win over the Saints. He added five rushes for one yard and a touchdown.

Analysis: Tannehill didn't lead the Titans' to their most effective offensive performance, though he did manage to turn in his first effort without a turnover since Week 5. His lone passing score of the game came early in the third quarter on a two-yard pass to MyCole Pruitt. Tannehill also chipped in a one-yard rushing touchdown, the fourth time in his last five games that he's found the end zone with his legs. Tannehill should be in for an easier matchup as Tennessee takes on Houston in Week 11.

Nov 14, 2021 2:25 PM EST


Sits Friday with illness, OK for Sunday

Tannehill didn't practice Friday due to an illness but doesn't have a designation for Sunday's game against the Saints, Paul Kuharsky of PaulKuharsky.com reports.

Analysis: Coach Mike Vrabel relayed the news Friday but wasn't worried about the Titans' starting signal-caller being unavailable this weekend. The bigger question surrounding the team's passing game is the health of Julio Jones, who appeared on the injury report again Thursday as a limited participant due to a hamstring injury. If Tannehill is without Jones on Sunday, the receiving corps will be composed of A.J. Brown, Chester Rogers, Nick Westbrook-Ikhine and Marcus Johnson.

Nov 12, 2021 11:24 AM EST


Two scores in SNF win

Tannehill completed 19 of 27 pass attempts for 143 yards, a touchdown and an interception while rushing two times for three yards and another score in Sunday's 28-16 win over the Rams.

Analysis: Tannehill led his team to victory in the Titans' first game without star back Derrick Henry (foot). The 33-year-old has provided somewhat of a "game manager" fantasy output this season, but he figures to shoulder a bigger load on offense with Henry likely done for the season. While that didn't come to fruition against the Rams' stingy pass defense, Tannehill is still a name for fantasy managers in need of a second-half QB to monitor, as he has a talented duo of star wide receivers at his disposal. Next week's opponent, the New Orleans Saints, also boast a tough pass defense, so we may not see an increase in Tannehill's overall production until Week 11 against the Texans.

Nov 7, 2021 9:51 PM EST


Leads team to OT win

Tannehill completed 23 of 33 pass attempts for 265 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions while rushing for 26 yards on two carries in Sunday's 34-31 overtime win over the Colts.

Analysis: Tannehill was asked to take over the game and lead a second-half comeback after Derrick Henry struggled (28 carries for 68 yards) throughout the contest. It was the veteran quarterback's second game with either multiple touchdowns or multiple interceptions this season, the other coming against these very Colts back in Week 3. Tannehill has developed into a fine signal caller, but playing in such an, understandably, run-heavy scheme has put a low ceiling on his fantasy value. Up next are the Rams in battle of conference powerhouses next Sunday.

Oct 31, 2021 2:32 PM EST


Back on track

Tannehill completed 21 of 27 pass attempts for 270 yards, one touchdown and one interception in Sunday's 27-3 win over Kansas City. He added two rushes for six yards and a touchdown.

Analysis: Tannehill found rapport with A.J. Brown and the duo connected for a number of big plays, including a 24-yard touchdown late in the first quarter. He also capped off a 24-point first half offensive outburst for the Titans by rushing in a two-yard score late in the second quarter. Prior to this game, Tannehill had not recorded multiple touchdowns in three consecutive games, in turn limiting his fantasy production. Game script could limit him once again in Week 8, as the Titans are slated to face the Colts in what could be a slow-paced divisional affair.

Oct 24, 2021 6:47 PM EST


Rushing score in win

Tannehill completed 18 of 29 passes for 216 yards and an interception in Monday night's 34-31 win over the Bills. He also rushed twice for three yards and a touchdown.

Analysis: Tannehill didn't have the best performance through the air, but he compensated for a pick downfield in the first quarter with a four-yard touchdown rush in the second. The signal-caller then found top wideout A.J. Brown frequently after halftime, aiding Tennessee's comeback victory. With just one touchdown in each of his last three games, Tannehill will strive to elevate his play in a Week 7 matchup versus the Chiefs.

Oct 18, 2021 9:16 PM EST


Modest Week 5 showing

Tannehill completed 14-of-22 pass attempts for 197 yards and one touchdown against Jacksonville on Sunday, adding three carries for 21 yards.

Analysis: Tannehill managed to draw heavy pressure despite the light workload, absorbing three sacks and eight hits from the Jacksonville pass rush, but he was at least efficient with his pass attempts. The Titans were in control for the vast majority of the 37-19 victory, and Tannehill did his part to keep them moving by completing 63.6 percent of his passes at 9.0 yards per attempt. Julio Jones (hamstring) was out and A.J. Brown was mostly ineffective while returning from his own hamstring injury (three catches for 38 yards on six targets), so Tannehill didn't necessarily have the easiest working conditions. Tennessee will likely need to throw more against the Bills in Week 6, so hopefully the two star wideouts can shake off the rust by then.

Oct 10, 2021 1:15 PM EST


Attempts 49 passes

Tannehill completed 30 of 49 pass attempts for 298 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions in Sundays' Week 4 loss to the Jets. He also added three rushes for nine yards.

Analysis: Tannehill was consistently under pressure, as he was sacked seven times and hit 14 on occasions. On top of the poor protection, Tannehill was also without both Julio Jones (hamstring) and A.J. Brown (hamstring). Even so, he managed a decent performance, which was based nearly exclusively upon volume as he averaged only 6.1 yards per attempt. Tannehill's lone touchdown came with 16 seconds remaining in the game and it knotted the score at 24. Though his down performance was understandable given the context, Tannehill has now failed to throw for multiple touchdowns in in three of four contests to begin the season.

Oct 3, 2021 9:56 PM EST


Throws three touchdowns

Tannehill completed 18 of 27 passes for 197 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions in Sunday's 25-16 win over the Colts. He also rushed five times for 56 yards.

Analysis: Tannehill alternated between touchdown passes and interceptions after the Titans punted on their opening drive. The signal-caller's first-half scores came from six yards to Chester Rogers and 18 yards to Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, as Tannehill was forced to incorporate lesser-known options with star wideout A.J. Brown (hamstring) leaving early. In the second half, Tannehill used his legs on a season-long, 28-yard rush and found reserve tailback Jeremy McNichols for a 10-yard touchdown pass, helping clinch a second-straight win. Although Brown's injury raises concern over Tannehill's stock, his next two matchups coming against the Jets and Jaguars should at least offer some relief.

Sep 26, 2021 2:09 PM EST


Racks up yardage, no TDs

Tannehill completed 27 of his 40 passes for 347 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions in Sunday's Week 2 win over the Seahawks.

Analysis: Tannehill returned to his more efficient ways after a disappointing Week 1 effort, recording 8.7 yards per attempt. He spread the ball around, with four different receivers getting five targets or more. However, Tannehill showed particular rapport with Julio Jones, and the duo connected for five passes that went for 15 yards or more. Tannehill's production still lagged due to Derrick Henry finding the end zone three times in the second half to key a comeback win, though this performance was a step in the right direction.

Sep 19, 2021 7:41 PM EST


Disappointing Week 1 showing

Tannehill completed 21 of 35 passes for 212 yards, one touchdown and one interception against Arizona on Sunday while running for 17 yards and one touchdown.

Analysis: It was a weak showing in what arguably was the best on-paper matchup on Tannehill's entire 2021 schedule. Arizona pass rusher Chandler Jones almost single-handedly defeated the Tennessee offense by sacking Tannehill five times, leaving the Titans unable to capitalize on Arizona's poor cornerback personnel. A.J. Brown (four catches for 49 yards and one touchdown on eight targets) and Julio Jones (three catches for 29 yards on six targets) both fell flat in the outing. The Seahawks pass rush should be more manageable for Tannehill in Week 2, but the Titans offense has some questions to answer as it heads on the road to Seattle.

Sep 12, 2021 1:38 PM EST


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