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Titans QB Josh Dobbs: "I Would Love to be Back Here"


NASHVILLE – The end of the 2022 season was a whirlwind for quarterback Josh Dobbs.

The former University of Tennessee star ended up with the Titans just a few days before Christmas, and he ended up starting the team's final two games of the season.

While Dobbs wasn't able to guide the injury-ravaged Titans into the playoffs, he undoubtedly gave the team something to think about heading into the offseason.

Did he do enough to earn a chance to return in 2023?

"I certainly would have to have a conversation," Titans coach Mike Vrabel said on Monday. "I enjoyed having him here. I think he made an impact in a short amount of time. We will have those conversations and then we will see where we end up."

In his first two NFL starts, Dobbs completed 40-of-68 passes for 411 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions, with a passer rating of 73.8.

Dobbs provided a spark to an offense that struggled more with Malik Willis at the helm as starter Ryan Tannehill's replacement. He played with poise, made some nice throws, and he showed leadership. He joined a new team late in the season, and he fit in well.

Dobbs wasn't perfect – he turned the ball over twice in each of his two starts. But he also worked behind a makeshift offensive line, working without running back Derrick Henry in one of his two starts.

Along the way, he showed some real promise for a guy who'd played sparingly – and in some cases not at all while on practice squads – in prior stops in Pittsburgh, Jacksonville, Cleveland and Detroit.

"It's good to get out there and play," Dobbs said on Monday as he cleaned out his locker. "I've always known the type of player that I am, and can be. Just to be out there and have the opportunity to do that (was nice). … Of course, we all want to win every time we step on the field, and it stings when you don't. But to be able to go out there and play and play well, it is definitely satisfying."

Dobbs, whose contract was only for the rest of the 2022 season, isn't sure what's next. He's scheduled to become a free agent in March.

But he made it clear he'd love to be back with the Titans.

"It's been 19-20 days, it feels like it's been three months, my time here," Dobbs said with a smile. "I've enjoyed it, and I've had a lot of fun. I also feel comfortable. I've enjoyed getting to know the guys, being around the team. As we all know, I love Tennessee. Hopefully it works out. Obviously, offseason, free agency, it gets crazy. But I would love to be back here.

"I've had great conversations with the coaching staff, the front office. There's a lot of situations, a lot of moving parts that go on with it. I'll be patient, but I'm very optimistic about it."

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