QB Ryan Tannehill - Tennessee Titans
|6-4, 221||Born: 7-27-1988||College: Texas A&M||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2012|
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General News (Fri Jan 17): on Friday, Jan. 17, was announced as the winner of the Comeback Player of the Year and Most Improved Player awards by the Pro Football Writers of America.
Week 20: at Kansas City Chiefs
FBG says: Neutral matchup. The Titans low-volume passing attack squeaked by on the heels of their dominant ground game and defense last week. There is no question that Ryan Tannehill has been a very strong starter and one of the top offseason acquisitions for any team in football, but he certainly has not been lighting up the scoreboard for this passing offense as of last. Tannehill has passed for fewer than 90 yards while completing fewer than nine passes in each of his two postseason games, completing season-lows of 53.3 and 50 percent of his passes in both games. While he hasn't looked particularly bad by any means, Tannehill has made big throws when it counts--which has been his calling card all season. He had fewer than 20 pass attempts in five of the last eight regular season games, but he still managed to lead the league in both yards per attempt and yards per completion on the season while passing for multiple touchdowns in all but one game started. A.J. Brown ended the season vying for offensive rookie of the year honors, but he has been absolutely shut out of both postseason games in the midst of tough cornerback matchups and the overall low production of this passing offense. The same can be said from most weapons in this passing offense, but Brown still remains the clear front-runner for a bounceback in what should be a more desirable matchup this week. The Chiefs passing defense finished the regular season as one of the top units in football, allowing just 6.1 yards per attempt and 224 passing yards per game with only 10 passing touchdowns given up over the last eight weeks of the season. Last week's performance painted a slightly different picture though, as three Texans receivers finished with 80 or more receiving yards with DeAndre Hopkins dominating the game on most of his routes. Cornerback Charvarius Ward is their top option and should see most snaps against A.J. Brown, who caught just one pass for 17 yards in their last matchup. Brown has struggled in recent weeks against tough coverage, but Ward is no match for the talent Brown has faced in recent weeks, so look for Brown to have the edge here. However, Brown's primary calling card has been big plays, which the Chiefs have done an excellent job against this season by holding offenses to just 46 passing plays of 20 or more yards (8th-fewest). A big reason for that has been their strong pass rush, which comes into this game with a big question mark due to the lingering calf injury of Chris Jones. Jones leads the Chiefs in sacks (9) and racked up a couple of sacks the last time these two teams faced each other. Kansas City still managed to be effective in rushing the quarterback without Jones last week though, sacking DeShaun Watson four times. They also finished the regular season with 45 sacks (11th-most) while the Titans allowed the third-most sacks in the league (56). However, this Titans offensive line has played their best football of the season over these past two games, giving up just two sacks while keeping a relatively clean pocket for Tannehill's few dropbacks. The Jones storyline will be one to watch here, as his absence would tilt this matchup in the trenches to much more of a neutral one than otherwise. If Jones does suit up, however, the advantage goes to the Chiefs.
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Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 19 vs BAL (7 / 14 / 88 / 2 / 0 pass, 6 / 13 / 1 rush)
Ryan Tannehill had another great game with the luxury of a strong backfield to lean on, attempting just 14 passes while completing only seven of them for a highly efficient 88 yards and two touchdowns. The first drive was relatively uneventful for Tannehill aside from him making a nice throw on the run to tight end Mycole Pruitt for a 15-yard gain. On the second drive, Tannehill had a timely scramble for three yards to convert on 3rd-and-2. Two plays later, however, he took an ugly sack for eight yards to bring up a long third-and-goal. Tannehill came up big on third down though, making a nice throw to the left corner as Jonnu Smith helped out with a highlight-reel catch for the 12-yard touchdown. Tannehill's next throw on the following drive would be his best of the game. It was a one-play drive as Tannehill found Kalif Raymond with a 51-yard deep ball for his second passing touchdown of the game. The Ravens were fooled with the play action, and Raymond was wide open for Tannehill's perfectly-thrown deep ball for an easy score. Tannehill completed just two more short passes before halftime and completed just one pass in the second half as the Titans were in run-first mode. Tannehill had a few scrambles himself, including a three-yard touchdown run to put the Titans up by three touchdowns and solidify the big win.
2019 Week 18 vs NE (8 / 15 / 72 / 1 / 1 pass, 4 / 11 / 0 rush)
Ryan Tannehill didn't have to do much in his first playoff victory as his offense relied very heavily on the ground game with Derrick Henry. On his first drive of the game, Tannehill made a spectacular throw on 3rd-and-10 in the red zone, finding tight end Anthony Firkser for a 12-yard touchdown--his only passing touchdown of the game. Firkser ran a great route and Tannehill put it right in his hands for the easy touchdown. Tannehill would complete just two more passes before halftime, including a 22-yard screen to Derrick Henry which was his longest pass play of the game. Tannehill made a couple of nice throws on his second drive of the second half that did not show up on the score sheet as one to Tajae Sharpe resulted in a pass interference penalty and the other spectacular deep ball down the sideline to Corey Davis fell incomplete as Davis barely missed making the play on a perfectly thrown ball. On the following drive, Tannehill made a big play with his legs to scramble three yards to convert a 3rd-and-1, but he made a costly mistake two plays later basically lobbing the ball downfield off his back foot to set up an easy interception for the Patriots secondary. On the following drive, Tannehill did a great job buying time in the pocket before finding Dion Lewis on a jump pass for eight yards to convert a 3rd-and-5 and keep the clock running. He converted another huge third down with his legs a few plays later, keeping it on a read-option left and lowering his head to pick up the first down. He would make another costly mistake a few plays later though, dropping the snap on 3rd-and-3 as Derrick Henry recovered it for a loss that put the Titans beyond field goal range. Tannehill made one more big play on his final drive of the game, finding Firkser again on an 11-yard out-route to convert 3rd-and-8 with under three minutes remaining--a critical pick-up to keep the clock rolling.
2019 Week 17 vs HOU (13 / 20 / 198 / 2 / 0 pass, 5 / 20 / 0 rush)
Ryan Tannehill's first touch of the game was a big one as he tucked it and ran himself for a 19-yard pickup coming off a bootleg to the left side. Just a couple of plays later, he would hook up with A.J. Brown for a 51-yard touchdown. Tannehill did a great job buying time and rolling right before finding Brown about 10 yards downfield with an accurate pass while on the run to set up the score. On the following drive, Tannehill stepped into a great throw on 3rd-and-8 to close out the first quarter, finding Tajae Sharpe on an out route for a 13-yard gain to keep the chains moving. He capped off that 16-play drive by finding tight end Mycole Pruitt in the end zone from one yard out, scrambling at least 10 yards back as he bought time for Pruitt to finally get open as Tannehill lofted the ball right between the numbers to Pruitt. Tannehill made a few accurate throws on the third drive that ended in no points, including one big throw on third down that would have been a 20+ yard gain that Tajae Sharpe dropped on the right sideline. Tannehill made another big throw to A.J. Brown to lead off the fourth quarter as he found Brown on a 47-yard deep ball to get the Titans within one yard of the goal line. The throw itself was ill-advised as Brown was double-covered, but Tannehill put it where only Brown could get to the ball as he made the catch while falling out of bounds.
2019 Week 16 vs NO (17 / 27 / 272 / 3 / 0 pass, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)
Ryan Tannehill played a solid game despite the losing effort against the Saints this week. He had pressure in his face for most of the day with a familiar struggling offensive line that contributed to Tannehill going down for five sacks--four of which came before halftime. Tannehill's second drive of the game ended in a touchdown though, as he found Jonnu Smith wide open in the middle of the field for a 41-yard touchdown. Tannehill made a nice throw midway through the third quarter to connect with Corey Davis for a 22-yard gain. Just three plays later, Tannehill did a great job buying time until throwing cross-field to Tajae Sharpe for what would end up being a 36-yard touchdown. The completion came just five yards from the line of scrimmage, but Tannehill had scrambled probably 20 yards back before pulling the trigger on the throw and allowing Sharpe to do the rest. Tannehill would connect with Sharpe again a couple drives later as he threw what may have been his best ball of the day, finding Sharpe in the back of the end zone from seven yards out. Tannehill had nobody open, but Sharpe stayed with the play and Tannehill put the throw where nobody but Sharpe could elevate to grab it in the back of the end zone. The Titans and Tannehill caught a bad break on the next drive as Tannehill completed a nice deep ball to Kalif Raymond, but Raymond took a hard hit and fumbled it right back to the Saints. On the final drive of the game, Tannehill connected with A.J. Brown for the first time on a well-thrown 34 yard deep ball on the left side of the field. Tannehill lofted the ball just enough to hit Brown in stride down the sideline, but that would be his last completion of the day as the Titans fell short.
2019 Week 15 vs HOU (22 / 36 / 279 / 2 / 1 pass, 3 / 10 / 1 rush)
Ryan Tannehill had a mediocre outing in which he passed for a couple of touchdowns and an interception that was by no means his fault. He also had issues holding on to the ball for far too long while hesitating to pull the trigger on a number of throws. Tannehill's first pass of the game, however, was a beauty as he connected with A.J. Brown on a deep ball for a 60-yard gain. It was a bold play call with the Titans backed up on their own three-yard line, but he hit Brown in full stride for what would be the longest offensive play of the day for the Titans. Tannehill caught a bad break on his third drive of the game as his intended receiver allowed what would have been a touchdown reception to bounce off his hands into those of Whitney Mercilus, who nearly returned the interception for a touchdown. Tannehill made a number of clutch throws as he led a nine-plus minute touchdown drive to open up the second half. Part of his success on this drive came on the ground as he picked up a first down on a 10-yard scramble. He capped that drive off with his legs also, rolling right after the play-action fake and easily walking it in for a half-yard touchdown run. His first touchdown pass of the game came just after the start of the fourth quarter as Tannehill had plenty of time to find A.J. Brown with a laser throw for the score from 5 yards out. Tannehill got his second passing touchdown with minutes left in the game from an easy dump-off to Dion Lewis, who took advantage of soft coverage to find the end zome from 11-yards out.
2019 Week 14 vs OAK (21 / 27 / 391 / 3 / 1 pass, 4 / 19 / 0 rush)
Tannehill ended his first drive with a tough interception as he had pressure in his face when his throw was deflected into the hands of a defensive lineman. Tannehill showed the perseverance to chase down that defender and execute a textbook tackle to save the touchdown. That first drive was the lowlight of an otherwise spectacular afternoon for Tannehill. On his next drive, he put a nice touch on a throw down the sideline to Khari Blasingame for 24 yards to help set up the first Tennessee score of the day. Tannehill's best pass of the game (and possibly of his career) came on the third drive as Tannehill found A.J. Brown on a beautifully thrown deep ball for the 91-yard touchdown--the longest completion of Tannehill's career and the longest completion in Titans franchise history. Tannehill had pressure in his face but still managed to step into his throw enough to loft the ball a good 40 air yards downfield while keeping Brown in full stride. On the next drive, Tannehill opened it up by going right back to Brown for a 22-yard pass whole rolling out right. Later in that drive, after seeing a short touchdown pass called back from a holding penalty, Tannehill found A.J. Brown yet again for his second touchdown of the game on a long third down. This time it was a slant route from 16 yards out that Tannehill put right on the money for Brown about six yards from the line of scrimmage, allowing Brown to do the rest to find the end zone. Tannehill's third passing touchdown came at the start of the fourth quarter as noticed a wide-open Jonnu Smith while on the run to the right, so Tannehill made the questionable decision to throw across his body, off his back foot, to Jonnu Smith in the left corner of the end zone. He didn't quite have enough velocity on the ball to hit Smith in stride, which allowed the defender to close in and contest this pass much more than it should have been. However, Smith successfully fought for the ball and hauled in what would be Tannehill's third touchdown of the day.
2019 Week 13 vs IND (17 / 22 / 182 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / 5 / 0 rush)
Tannehill had the benefit of a strong ground game again this week as he had a mistake-laden day with a few nice plays mixed in. Offensive line play was questionable as Tannehill ended up taking six sacks in this game, five of which came before halftime. While Tannehill was indeed holding on to the ball too long, the interior of his offensive line let him down on more than one occasion. Taking two sacks to close out halftime was rough though, as the Titans could have put up points before the half. He also coughed up a fumble on the third drive of the game, which was particularly costly coming off a Derrick Henry fumble earlier in the quarter. With those mistakes, however, also came some nice plays. On his second possession of the day, Tannehill led the team downfield 75 yards and capped it off with a 13-yard touchdown pass to Adam Humphries. He made a couple of nice throws to A.J. Brown in the second half, but his highlight of the game was a tremendous pass to Kalif Raymond for a 40-yard touchdown. Tannehill had plenty of time and space to step into the throw, and he put it right on the money throwing across the field to hit Raymond in full stride just over the goal line for the score.
2019 Week 12 vs JAX (14 / 18 / 259 / 2 / 0 pass, 7 / 40 / 2 rush)
e second quarter. The touchdown run came Jaguars linebackers flocked to cover A.J. Brown but forgot all about Tannehill, leaving him a wide-open running lane for Tannehill to pretty easily stride to the goal line before elevating over a defender for the score. Tannehill would score a second rushing touchdown later in the game, rolling right off play-action and showing impressive acceleration to just catch the edge of the pylon from three yards out.
2019 Week 10 vs KC (13 / 19 / 181 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / 37 / 0 rush)
Ryan Tannehill played well late in this game as he led the Titans offense to a win over the Chiefs. This offense leaned heavily on the ground game as Tannehill attempted just 19 passes, completing 13 of them for 181 yards and two touchdowns. He also took four sacks in this game due both to continued challenges on the offensive line and, at times, some indecisiveness shown by Tannehill. His first sack was a good example, as Tannehill should have thrown the ball away but instead was sacked and fumbled on his own side of the field. Tannehill did make some great plays in this game though, including a nice out route to Tajae Sharpe in late in the first quarter and a deep ball for 52 yards--his longest pass of the game--to Kalif Raymond. Tannehill's first touchdown was an impressive throw to tight end Anthony Firkser from nine yards out, taking advantage of a defensive back that fell down in coverage. Tannehill also used his legs in this one as he tucked it and ran on two separate and impressive occasions (for 12 and 18 yards) in the fourth quarter to make big pickups on critically important drives. Tannehill made some impressive throws in that fourth quarter, including one to A.J. Brown that should have converted a big fourth down. Tannehill would get it done on their last drive though as he found Firkser in the middle of the field for a 20-yard gain, then after hurrying to the line of scrimmage with seconds remaining, Tannehill threw a perfect ball to Adam Humphries in full stride for the game-winning 23-yard touchdown. To put a cherry on top, Tannehill trucked a Chiefs defender at the goal line to convert the two-point conversion.
2019 Week 9 vs CAR (27 / 39 / 331 / 1 / 2 pass, 4 / 38 / 1 rush)
Tannehill's day got off to a rough start as his first drive fizzled quickly, driven mainly by his indecisiveness in a collapsing pocket which ultimately led to a sack. His second drive wasn't much better as Tannehill overthrew an open receiver in the middle of the field while his offensive line let him down with back-to-back penalties. Tannehill's third drive would end in an interception that was in no way his fault, as the pass was on target to A.J. Brown but bounced off Brown's hands into the air before the Panthers defender brought it down for the interception. Tannehill showed some flare with his legs on the opening drive of the second half, picking up 25 yards on a scramble left that would help set the Titans up for their first touchdown of the day. He made a nice throw to start the fourth quarter as he put the ball just over the shoulder of A.J. Brown for a 35-yard gain--his longest pass play of the afternoon. He would follow that up with a touchdown pass to Derrick Henry, albeit Henry did all the work as it was a short screen pass that Henry took to the house. As Tannehill was trying to move down the field for a quick score later in the fourth quarter, he made an ugly throw that led to a Panthers interception--his second turnover of the day. Tannehill would make a few nice throws on a garbage-time drive late in the game, capping it off with his first rushing touchdown of the season as he found the end zone from 10 yards out.
2019 Week 8 vs TB (21 / 33 / 193 / 3 / 0 pass, 4 / -3 / 0 rush)
Ryan Tannehill dinked and dunked his way to 193 yards and three touchdowns in his second win starting under center for the Titans. Tannehill rarely had to push the ball downfield as he reaped the benefit of short fields on two occasions due to costly turnovers by the Jameis Winston. He did take a few deep shots in this game, but he couldn't connect on a pass of longer than 13 yards to any of his wide receivers. He would make a number of excellent passes to his tight end Jonnu Smith though, including his longest play of the game for 26 yards coming just before halftime. Tannehill simply lofted the ball right over a defender as Smith hauled it in, in stride, over his shoulder to make the catch. Tannehill's first touchdown of the day also went to Smith on his first pass of the game, an easy throw to the wide-open Smith from five yards out as Smith was set up for a great mismatch in coverage. His next touchdown was a beauty as he hit Tajae Sharpe from six yards out on a perfectly thrown fade to the corner of the end zone. Tannehill made a couple of terrible throws on back-to-back plays late in the third quarter, but he was bailed out of both by defensive penalties that negated would-be interceptions. He would find the end zone a third time though, throwing a rocket to A.J. Brown from eight yards out for what would be the game-winner.
2019 Week 7 vs LAC (23 / 29 / 312 / 2 / 1 pass, 5 / 7 / 0 rush)
Ryan Tannehill looked accurate and poised as he led the Titans to a victory in his first start of the season. He was routinely making very quick decisions from the pocket as he got the ball out quick with limited scrambling throughout the game. During the second drive of the game, however, Tannehill did have quite a scramble to his left and made a spectacular throw on the run, across his body, to hit Corey Davis in stride for a 16-yard gain. He would make another solid throw, a bullet, to hit Corey Davis between the numbers for a touchdown from eight yards out on his third drive of the game. Tannehill caught a break near the end of the third quarter as he overthrew Jonnu Smith but had Anthony Firkser right behind Smith as Firkser made the catch to complete what would end up being a 27-yard gain. On that same drive, Tannehill found Tajae Sharpe wide open with a dart in the back of the end zone for his second passing touchdown of the game. On the next drive, Tannehill connected with Corey Davis for his biggest play of the game as Davis went for 38 yards. The throw from Tannehill was a risky one, but he had some velocity on this ball that split two defenders to find Davis about 14 yards downfield. To cap off that drive, Tannehill found Tajae Sharpe wide open in the back of the end zone for his second passing touchdown of the day. The throw was a little high, but it was good enough for Sharpe to snag the score.
2019 Week 6 vs DEN (13 / 16 / 144 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
Ryan Tannehill saw his first real game action of the season as he entered the game in relief of the struggling Marcus Mariota midway through the third quarter. Tannehill looked pretty sharp as he completed 13-of-16 pass attempts for 144 yards as he played about a third of the game. He made a nice throw to a wide-open A.J. Brown on a play that would have netted 42 yards if not for a pass interference penalty called on Brown. He found Corey Davis on a few well-thrown out routes, including one sideline catch that was just barely ruled incomplete as Davis couldn't tap both toes. With the good also came some bad, however, as Tannehill was sacked on three of four drives, going down four times on the day. He would also throw an interception on his last pass attempt of the day as Tannehill had to force something on 4th-and-11 and was picked off by the Broncos safety to ice out a disappointing day for the Titans.
Latest NewsTitans | Ryan Tannehill garners 2 awards (Fri Jan 17, 02:12 PM) - Tennessee Titans QB Ryan Tannehill on Friday, Jan. 17, was announced as the winner of the Comeback Player of the Year and Most Improved Player awards by the Pro Football Writers of America. Our View: Tannehill had a rough tenure with the Dolphins, including an ACL tear and multiple years under Adam Gase, but he showed just how much Gase held him back and Marcus Mariota held back the Titans offense. He should get a franchise tag at worst and a long term deal like the one Kirk Cousins got at best this offseason.
link to story Titans | Ryan Tannehill has had quiet postseason (Fri Jan 17, 12:39 PM) - Tennessee Titans QB Ryan Tannehill has thrown for 72 and 88 yards on 15-of-29 passing overall in the team's two postseason wins so far. Our View: The Titans haven't needed the passing game to open up to advance in the playoffs yet, but that should change against Kansas City on Sunday.
link to story Titans | Divisional Round stats for TEN (Sat Jan 11, 11:30 PM) - Tennessee Titans QB Ryan Tannehill passed for 88 yards and two touchdowns Saturday, Jan. 11, at the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Divisional Round of the playoffs. He added a rushing score on six carries. RB Derrick Henry rushed 30 times for 195 yards, while WR A.J. Brown caught one pass for a 9-yard touchdown, and WR Corey Davis' lone reception was a 3-yard touchdown. TE Jonnu Smith scored once on his two receptions for 12 yards. Our View: The Titans were able to move the ball on the ground with great success against the Ravens and that was their key to success. That's their formula for winning most every week and it worked to near perfection in the Divisional Round.
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