Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill said that he doesn’t think it’s his job to mentor rookie Malik Willis when speaking with the media on Tuesday, May 3.
One thing that NFL fans and media learned during the NFL Draft is that the Tennessee Titans were, indeed, in the market for a young quarterback. In the third round, the Titans traded up to select Liberty’s Malik Willis to potentially be their signal caller of the future.
Quarterback Ryan Tannehill spoke to the media on Tuesday, May 3, revealing that he doesn’t think it’s his job to mentor Willis.
Ryan Tannehil doesn’t think it’s his job to mentor Malik Willis
Additionally, Tannehill revealed that he was not informed by the Titans that they were going to be selecting Willis, but he did reach out to the quarterback prospect afterwards.
“I texted Malik right after we drafted him,” Tannehill said, h/t Nick Shook of Around the NFL. “I wasn’t informed of that beforehand, but it’s the same thing with A.J. [Brown] right? The team is going to do the best thing that they think is in the best interest of the team. I have no problems with Malik. We’re looking to add talent and guys that can help us. We’ll add him to the room and go from there.”
Tannehill did send out a “welcome to the squad” tweet to Willis this past weekend, tagging the former Liberty quarterback.
Out of all of the quarterback prospects in this year’s class, Kenny Pickett was viewed as the most pro-ready. But, Willis was seen as having the highest ceiling in the NFL, but needed some time to develop his skills before starting in an NFL game.
This past season with Liberty, Willis threw for 2,857 yards, 27 touchdowns and 12 interceptions while completing 61.1-percent of his passes. Willis also ran for 878 yards and 13 touchdowns on 197 carries in 13 games.
Tannehill, meanwhile, is coming off of a 2021 campaign where he completed 67.2-percent of his passes for 3,734 yards, 21 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 17 regular-season games.
After the selection of Willis, Tannehill gave his honest answer that he does not think it’s his job to mentor the rookie.