The Titans have a hole behind Ryan Tannehill after the departure of Marcus Mariota, and it’s one they need to fill. There are a number of avenues for the team to address the backup QB situation, but if they want to develop a late round prospect, three players not invited to Indianapolis immediately jump to mind.
Tyler Huntley, QB, Utah
The three-year starter in Salt Lake City had a breakout senior campaign that saw him go 220-301 with 3,092 yards, 19 touchdowns, and four interceptions. On the ground he carried the ball 104 times for 209 yards and five more scores.
Huntley also finished his senior year as the ninth ranked quarterback in the country according to Pro Football Focus, and a 77.4% adjusted completion percentage. He’s accurate to all distances, even in an offense where he wasn’t asked to throw deep very often.
Mason Fine, QB, North Texas
The greatest player to ever suit up for the Mean Green not named Mean Joe Greene, Mason Fine shattered just about every record there was to break in his 4 years in Denton. This past season, Fine finished with 3,088 yards, 29 touchdowns, and nine interceptions.
He’s mostly a pocket passer but definitely shows good mobility when he has to. The biggest knock against him will be his size, as he only stands 5’11”. Kyler Murray was able to escape this criticism for the most part by being a phenomenal passer combined with elite speed and mobility. Fine, who doesn’t have that elite mobility, can’t escape that criticism.
Bryce Perkins, QB, Virginia
Bryce Perkins probably has the longest time needed to develop of any of these three passers, and that development will be needed in his arm and his decision making. He’s electric with the football but when he heaves the ball 30 yards down the field you never know what team is going to catch it.
In 2019 Perkins finished with 3,380 yards, 22 touchdowns and 12 interceptions, though that interceptions number likely could have been much higher. If you were to tell me that in 5 years, Bryce Perkins becomes the second member of Jameis Winston’s 30/30 Club, I wouldn’t be surprised at all.