What is the Tennessee Titans most important OTA storyline at quarterback?
Watching and talking about OTAs is more interesting than sitting around and doing nothing while waiting for the Tennessee Titans to start training camp. However, not every nugget of information is a gem.
For example, it is great that Marcus Mariota is doing well in OTAs and working on his base but until the pads come on it is hard to say if there is anything worth noting.
So, part of my job is to figure out what is important and may actually hold weight when the season starts even though there isn’t a lot going on right now.
For the quarterback position, I think the most important storyline is:
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Who is the QB2 for the Titans?
It seemed like a given that Blaine Gabbert would be the only other QB on the roster after Jim Wyatt and others dismissed the idea of drafting a QB leading up to draft day.
However, on Day 3 the Titans made the surprising move of grabbing Luke Falk in the 6th round and opening the door to a 53-man roster with three QBs.
The idea seems to be that Falk will be the bottom of the totem pole, while Gabbert gets the nod as the QB2, but should that be a given?
Sure, Gabbert showed some flashes last year and he even managed to pick up wins against the Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars as a backup. That isn’t a small feat, just look at how horrible the Titans offense was to watch when Matt Cassel tried to beat the Miami Dolphins.
It is good to have someone on the roster who has shown that they can come in and at least not prevent the team from winning a game. That is a huge improvement over last year.
However, on the other side you have Luke Falk. In case you didn’t know he was a QB a Washington State, a program that runs a lot of shotgun/pass heavy offense. While Matt LaFleur isn’t exactly going to come in and run that offense, it will be more gun and empty looks than Titans fans have seen recently.
In the quick game, I would expect that Falk may actually have a leg up on Gabbert based on all that.
That is only part of the job, and you would think that Gabbert has a better handle on protections, audibles, diagnosing coverage, timing , and the details of the QB position of the NFL.
Right now, we should all be watching what Mike Vrabel and Matt LaFleur are saying about the two backup QBs. Is one picking up the playbook quickly? Is either flashing good or bad decisions?
Things like that could go a long way for either one to get more snaps leading into the preseason. Would it be more practice to get Gabbert used to the offense in those games? Or would it be more valuable to let the rookie see some snaps against 2nd team defenses?
That is the storyline that I am following closest during OTAs.