Tennessee Titans quarterback Malik Willis says he and Ryan Tannehill got off to a good start

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — New Tennessee Titans quarterback Malik Willis quickly cleared up any thoughts of tension with starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill on Friday.

Tannehill said this month it wasn’t his job to mentor Willis when asked about the Titans’ third-round selection in this year’s NFL Draft.

Willis said he had no problem with Tannehill’s comments and they were already off to a good start.

“It was never a negative thing,” Willis said. “Ryan is a good guy. Everything is cool. He got us [to] home the other day and gave us some play regarding what comes with this process.”

Coach Mike Vrabel added: “I think Ryan handled it very well.

“He was genuine, he was genuine,” Vrabel said. “Everyone here knows he’s a great teammate. That (mentoring) is not his job. His job is to prepare to help us win a bunch of games and to be a great teammate and help out. It wasn’t a problem for me at all.”

Tannehill returns as a starter this season after leading the Titans to the top seed in the AFC last season. But he threw three interceptions in a heartbreaking loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.

The Titans advanced in the third round of the draft to select Willis with the intention of him being the quarterback of the future. Their plan is to develop Willis while Tannehill leads the way through at least the 2022 season.

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