Tennessee Titans: Ryan Tannehill has been elite on out routes
Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill has been the best quarterback in the NFL when it comes to throwing to out routes.
Quarterback Ryan Tannehill has done a lot of things well since taking over as the starter for the Tennessee Titans, but he has particularly excelled at throwing to receivers running out routes.
Since being named the starter in Week 7, Tannehill has led the Titans to a 3-1 record thanks to three game-winning drives, and he has Tennessee sitting on a perfect 10-for-10 in the red zone.
Adding to that, Tannehill’s grade of 92.5 when throwing to receivers running out routes leads all quarterbacks in the NFL, according to Steve Palazzolo of Pro Football Focus.
"Since taking over as the starter for the Titans, Tannehill has had success on out-breaking routes, leading the way with a 92.5 grade and ranking fifth in yards per attempt (8.4). His best out route was a well-placed 20-yarder to Anthony Firkser in the comeback victory over the Chiefs."
When you consider some of the sensational quarterbacks that Tannehill had to beat out to be No. 1 in this metric, it becomes even more impressive.
The upgrade Tannehill has provided in place of former starter Marcus Mariota has been significant.
Not only has Tannehill been more accurate with his throws as his out route grade shows, he’s also shown better pocket presence, and the zip on his throws has allowed him to fit passes in tight windows, which is something Mariota struggled with during the first six games of the season.
Thanks to Tannehill, the Titans’ 2019 season has been revived and they have a legit shot to make the playoffs. And, one can only wonder what could have been if the Titans had gone to Tannehill earlier in the season instead of waiting for Mariota to figure things out.
If he continues to play the way he has and the Titans keep on winning, there’s a good chance Tannehill will return as the Titans’ starter in 2020; although the Titans could have some competition for him with the former No. 8 overall pick set to hit the open market.