Franchise quarterback or fluke, breaking down Will Levis's debut

Atlanta Falcons v Tennessee Titans
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Non-Throwing Analysis

Tennessee’s opening drive began with three straight runs, including a successful QB sneak by Levis to move the chains, before Willis ultimately fumbled the next snap. Levis ran the QB sneak several times this game to much success. Clearly, Vrabel and Tim Kelly were more comfortable involving the sneak in the playbook with a younger, more athletic quarterback. 

Levis made a great spinning handoff on a trick play to TE Chig Okonkwo to convert a 3rd and 1, a play that the announcers noted Levis likely didn’t have much practice with. On a similar play later in the game, Kelly called a jet sweep but a high snap threw off the timing of the play and Levis made the smart decision to tuck it himself, resulting in positive yardage. 

Levis also notably audibled out of certain plays, which then resulted in big chunk runs for the Titans. Levis’s understanding of pre-snap coverage and how to run the offense so effectively in his first game was very impressive simply considering how little time he’s spent with the team. 

Finally, in the waning moments of the game, in order to burn the Falcons' last timeout, Levis intentionally took a sack rather than throwing an incomplete pass. Throughout the game, Levis also showed great intuition in getting rid of the ball at the right times to avoid unnecessary sacks.

These types of plays demonstrate that Levis has wisdom beyond his years and very strong football instincts.