Jan 22, 2022; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) takes the field before the game against the Cincinnati Bengals during a AFC Divisional playoff football game at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Titans GM backs Ryan Tannehill: ‘He’s our quarterback’

Tennessee Titans general manager Jon Robinson endorsed Ryan Tannehill as the team’s quarterback, despite the club’s early exit from the postseason.

“Ryan’s a pro. He knows how much he means to us. Traded for that guy. Gave him an opportunity to start. New contract,” Robinson recently told the Tennessean. “I think it’s pretty apparent where he stands with us. He’s our quarterback. I don’t know how many more times I gotta say it.”

Tannehill, 33, signed a one-year contract with the Titans in 2019 and was named the Comeback Player of the Year. He signed a four-year, $118 million contract with the Titans in March 2020.

His future with the team, however, has come into question given the club’s loss in the AFC divisional round of the playoffs and the potential availability of Aaron Rodgers. The reigning NFL MVP and the Green Bay Packers haven’t disclosed his immediate future.

Tannehill threw for 3,734 yards with 21 touchdowns in 17 games this season. He also threw 14 interceptions during the regular season and three more in Tennessee’s 19-16 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Jan. 22. The Titans were the No. 1 seed in the AFC.

“It was a problem (in 2021),” Robinson said of Tannehill’s turnovers. “The previous years, it really wasn’t. Not that he didn’t throw any (interceptions), but it wasn’t as many as he threw this past year. …

“Nobody probably feels worse than Ryan. Not to speak for Ryan about the amount of interceptions that went down this year and probably not all of them are on him. … Sometimes, a DB makes a great play. Sometimes, a receiver may be off his spot. He may get pressured and the ball gets tipped. There’s a lot that goes into those plays. But ultimately, the quarterback is the one who bears the blame for it.”

–Field Level Media

Nov 7, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) celebrates the victory against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Titans’ Ryan Tannehill (illness) misses practice

Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill is expected to play this weekend against the visiting New Orleans Saints despite missing Friday’s practice.

Coach Mike Vrabel announced an undisclosed illness as the reason that Tannehill did not participate in Friday’s practice. Vrabel said Tannehill will not carry a designation into Sunday’s contest, which means he’ll likely be active versus the Saints.

While Tannehill likely will play on Sunday, the availability of A.J. Brown (knee) and Julio Jones (hamstring) remains in question after the wideouts did not participate in practice on Friday.

The Titans (7-2) have won five in a row heading into Sunday’s game against the Saints (5-3).

–Field Level Media

Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) throws pass during a joint training camp practice against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at AdventHealth Training Center Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021 in Tampa, Fla.

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Titans to place QB Ryan Tannehill, two others on reserve/COVID list

Tennessee Titans starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill will be placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, general manager Jon Robinson said Thursday.

Also being added to the list are tight end Geoff Swain and linebacker Justin March-Lillard, leaving the Titans with seven players out because of COVID protocols.

Head coach Mike Vrabel tested positive for the virus over the weekend.

While Robinson said Tannehill is “feeling fine … feeling OK,” Tannehill could miss as many as 10 days. Matt Barkley and Logan Woodside will take the snaps in practice.

Other Titans on the reserve/COVID list are linebackers Harold Landry and Nick Dzubnar, defensive lineman Anthony Rush and running back Jeremy McNichols. Despite having seven players impacted, the team is about 97 percent vaccinated, Robinson said.

The Titans are scheduled to host the Arizona Cardinals on Sept. 12 to open the 2021 season.

–Field Level Media

Tennessee Titans wide receiver Julio Jones (2) pulls in a catch off of the Jugs machine after a training camp practice at Saint Thomas Sports Park Thursday, July 29, 2021 in Nashville, Tenn.Nas 0728 Titans Camp 027

Titans WR Julio Jones back at practice

Tennessee Titans wide receiver Julio Jones returned to the practice field Tuesday for the first time in three weeks.

The Titans have been playing it safe with the health of the two-time All-Pro, whom they acquired in a trade with the Atlanta Falcons in June.

Jones, 32, left practice early on Aug. 2 after he landed awkwardly when catching a pass from quarterback Ryan Tannehill and had been sidelined since. Tuesday, Jones reportedly was fully dressed, worked against scout team defenders and completed drills on his own.

Tannehill didn’t sound worried about his lack of preparation time with Jones.

“We’ve had limited reps together even in practice situations,” Tannehill told reporters Tuesday. “Feel confident we could make it work if we had a game today, but we don’t have a game today. We’ve got a few weeks to get this thing right and continue to work together and be on the same page when we do get that opportunity.”

Jones, a seven-time Pro Bowl selection, missed seven games with assorted injuries in 2020. He has 848 receptions and 60 touchdowns in 135 games (134 starts), all with the Falcons.

–Field Level Media

Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill answers questions from the media after a training camp practice at Saint Thomas Sports Park Wednesday, July 28, 2021 in Nashville, Tenn.

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Titans QB Ryan Tannehill: NFL ‘forced my hand’ with vaccine protocol

Ryan Tannehill is one of the 80 players on the Titans’ 90-man roster to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, but the Tennessee quarterback made it clear he didn’t exactly go willingly.

“I wouldn’t have gotten the vaccine without the protocols they’re forcing on us,” Tannehill said Wednesday.

Though there is no mandate from the NFL to players or coaches to be vaccinated, protocol in place creates significant challenges to choosing not to be fully vaccinated this season.

“I’m in the process right now of being vaccinated,” Tannehill said Wednesday following general manager Jon Robinson’s media session outlining the team’s vaccination progress. “The NFL has kind of made it clear what they want it to happen. If you don’t fall in line, they’re going to try to make your life miserable with the protocols.”

Players who opt not to receive the vaccine are not allowed to practice in the greater group of players on a daily basis, must wear masks over their nose and mouth and face strict testing and quarantine measures.

The sum of those restrictions would make it difficult for a starting quarterback in the NFL to prepare and play at a high level.

“It’s a personal decision for everyone. Everyone has to make the best decision for their families, that’s kind of our mindset in this building,” Tannehill said. “They ultimately have forced a lot of hands by the protocols. Just … everyone has their own opinions on it. It is what it is. I love this game. I love this team. I want to be able to compete and do the things I think are important to build chemistry and win football games. So, ultimately that forced my hand.”

Tannehill, who turned 33 on Tuesday, is entering his third season with the Ttians. He has thrown for 55 touchdowns against 13 interceptions in 28 games (26 starts) with Tennessee.

–Field Level Media

Jan 10, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) reacts on the sideline after throwing an interception in the fourth quarter during the Tennessee Titans game against the Baltimore Ravens. Mandatory Credit: George Walker/The Tennessean via USA TODAY Sports

Report: Titans rework Ryan Tannehill’s contract to fit Julio Jones

The Tennessee Titans restructured the contract of quarterback Ryan Tannehill, creating more than $15 million in cap space to accommodate the salary of new arrival Julio Jones, NFL Network reported Tuesday.

Per the report, the team converted a portion of Tannehill’s $24.5 salary for this season into a signing bonus — to be spread over the next three years.

Tannehill signed a four-year, $118 million contract with the Titans in 2020.

The Titans acquired the All-Pro wide receiver Jones from the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. The Titans will assume all of Jones’ $15.3 million salary for 2021 and $11.51 million for 2022 and 2023.

–Field Level Media