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Titans QB Ryan Tannehill Focused On Himself, and Getting the Team Better


NASHVILLE – It's early in the offseason, but the Titans are already preparing for the 2023 season, with a lot of new players and coaches on the field at Ascension Saint Thomas Sports Park.

"It's definitely a different feel," Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill said. "Guys who have been here over my four years here, most of them are gone."

But after stepping off the practice field on Wednesday, Tannehill said one constant remains.

"My job is to get ready to go win football games," Tannehill said. "And that's what I am going to do each and every single day."

Tannehill, set to begin his 12th NFL season and his fourth with the team, watched the team pick another quarterback in the NFL Draft – Kentucky's Will Levis, in the second round.

This time last year, Tannehill answered questions about the team picking Liberty's Malik Willis in the draft.

Tannehill said he hasn't spent a lot of time wondering about those decisions.

"You can only control what you control, right?," Tannehill said. "Mike (Vrabel) and Ran (Carthon) make those decisions, and as players you have to control what you control, and that is doing the best you can, prepping yourself mentally and physically each and every day to go win football games.

"Hopefully (Will) adds to the room. Obviously, (he's) a talented guy, coming off a great college career. So, we'll see when I get to meet him (next week)."

With a smile, Tannehill conceded "we've been down this road before."

"It's definitely a little bit of déjà vu," Tannehill said of the team picking another QB. "But, like I said, Mike and Ran make those decisions and my job is to go out there and try and win football games.

"My process doesn't really change. I like to believe that I am giving my all every time I go out there and prep, whether it's in an OTA or Week 15, getting ready to go win a game. You want to have a process about how you go about things, take your job seriously every day, knowing that nothing is given to you, and you have to go out there and earn everything."

Tannehill, who threw for 2,536 yards with 13 touchdowns and six interceptions in 12 games in 2022, has been in Nashville since the beginning of the team's offseason, working with trainers on the ankle injury he suffered last year.

More recently, he's been joined by teammates in the offseason program.

Tannehill said he's recovered, and he's enjoying being back on the field.

"I feel really good," said Tannehill, who missed five games last season with the ankle. "Obviously it's been a long time getting to this point, but I was able to step into this offseason feeling really good."

Tannehill on Wednesday complimented the receivers out there with him, from returners Treylon Burks to Nick Westbrook-Ikhine to Kyle Philips to Mason Kinsey to Racey McMath.

He said he's excited about the team's new additions on the offensive line, from veterans Andre Dillard and Daniel Brunskill to draft picks Peter Skoronski and Jaelyn Duncan.

Working under new offensive coordinator Tim Kelly has been exciting as well, Tannehill said.

More than anything, Tannehill reiterated time and again on Wednesday he's working on himself.

He's taking each and every day seriously.

"Nothing is given to you in this league, and I have seen that over my now 12 years in the NFL," Tannehill said. "Things can change quickly. So as a player, you have a process you go about, and you take advantage of each and every day and try and grow as a player evert day you have an opportunity to do that."

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