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Titans Rookie QB Will Levis Aims to Grow Each Day as a Player, and Leader


NASHVILLE – Will Levis has already experienced plenty of high and lows in his first three NFL starts.

The rookie quarterback said on Wednesday he's learning along the way, on and off the field.

Through it all, Levis also wants his teammates to learn more about what he's about through his leadership.

"At the very least, if you want to be a good leader you have to be someone who leads by example and works hard and does the right things and is able to be someone that people can come to and ask questions to," Levis said.

"I feel like in everything that I've done, I've always wanted to be at the forefront, in the (driver's) seat. I think I have that innate ability to bring others with me. It's a tough job to have, but I like having the tough jobs. It's just kind of how I'm wired, I guess, and I have to keep finding ways to be a better leader."

In his first three NFL starts, Levis has thrown for 699 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions, with a passer rating of 80.7. Levis has been sacked 10 times in three games.

Levis threw four touchdowns in his NFL debut back on October 29 against the Falcons, but he has zero touchdowns in his last two starts vs the Steelers and Buccaneers, both on the road.

On Sunday, the Titans will face the Jaguars in Jacksonville, Florida.

"It's a big one," Levis said. "We talked today that it's only our second division game, and we still have all these division games left. As we see it, it's still wide open. We have to take it one day, one game at a time.

"… We know how much the (division) games count. Obviously, every game is going to be a bloodbath, but it just seems like, for those division games, you have to step up and bring your best to the table or you're going to get kicked in the mouth."

Levis acknowledged on Wednesday there are plenty of ways he can improve.

The Titans, of course, need to do a better job helping him as well, starting with protection. Levis was sacked four times on Sunday in Tampa, when the Buccaneers were credited with 13 QB hits.

Levis said his leadership also extends to the team's offensive linemen. On Sunday, the shuffling is expected to continue with the banged-up group.

"I have to be a leader," Levis said. "My leadership role has to step up. I have to instill confidence in these guys, regardless of who it is, whatever five is out there, that they know I have my full trust in them.

"I have to do a better job as a leader of bringing them along."

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