The Tennessee Titans are preparing to start rookie quarterback Will Levis against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, according to a report from Ian Rapoport. It was the outcome we all expected. The No. 33 overall selection in the 2023 NFL Draft will be making his NFL debut.
You can hear more about Levis starting on today’s Home Run Throwback podcast here.
Sources: The #Titans are preparing rookie QB Will Levis to start on Sunday, as the 2nd rounder should make his NFL debut.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 25, 2023
With Ryan Tannehill (ankle) likely out, coach Mike Vrabel said both Levis and Malik Willis would play. But Levis is expected to be the primary QB. pic.twitter.com/aEb6MEXpiu
Starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill is dealing with a multi-week high ankle sprain injury. Tannehill may never play for the Titans again. Sophomore quarterback Malik Willis struggled in relief of Tannehill in London, England. An indecisive Willis was sacked four times on 12 dropbacks. Going to Levis is the right decision.
Titans head coach Mike Vrabel had previously stated that both Levis and Willis would play versus the Falcons if Tannehill was unavailable. It was tongue-in-cheek by Vrabel. He likely meant that Levis would start, and Willis would play via subpackage looks that attempt to take advantage of his natural athleticism. Levis will be the primary quarterback.
“The Tennessee Titans are preparing to start Will Levis in Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons,” Rapoport said. “The second-round pick is expected to make his NFL debut. And when he does, based on the sources I’ve spoken with, he should be the primary signal caller. Mike Vrabel, the head coach, said both Malik Willis and Will Levis should play on Sunday. I have no doubt about that, but my understanding is that Levis should be the primary quarterback,” Rapoport concluded.
The Titans possess interest in learning more about Levis before heading into another critical offseason. If Levis looks like a franchise quarterback, the Titans will use their $90-plus million in cap space, and draft picks, to surround him with talent. If Levis struggles down the stretch, Ran Carthon and Vrabel could consider drafting another young quarterback.