The Tennessee Titans are anticipated to begin Joshua Dobbs at quarterback in Thursday night time’s recreation towards the Dallas Cowboys, a supply confirmed to ESPN.
Dobbs, signed off the Detroit Lions’ observe squad eight days in the past, is getting the beginning over rookie Malik Willis, who has struggled in his three begins. This will probably be Dobbs’ first NFL begin.
The information was first reported by the Draft Community.
Titans beginning quarterback Ryan Tannehill is out for the remainder of the common season and sure the postseason, if Tennessee qualifies, after present process surgical procedure for a excessive proper ankle sprain final week, sources instructed ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Willis, chosen within the third spherical of this 12 months’s draft, has did not go for 100 yards or full a landing go in any of his three begins instead of Tannehill. The Titans are 1-2 in his begins regardless of Willis finishing simply 50.8% of his passes and having three passes intercepted. He has rushed for 123 yards and a landing.
“As [Willis] continues to grow and mature I think he’ll see some things a little bit quicker,” Titans offensive coordinator Todd Downing mentioned this week. “I can put him in some better positions and it’s all hands on deck as we try to get things figured out.”
Tennessee has dominated out a slew of starters for the sport towards the Cowboys, together with Professional Bowl defensive sort out Jeffery Simmons. As well as, Professional Bowl operating again Derrick Henry is uncertain.
Coach Mike Vrabel’s staff is within the midst of a five-game dropping streak. Though a win towards Dallas would do wonders for morale, the Titans (7-8) discover themselves in a win-and-in state of affairs subsequent week towards the Jacksonville Jaguars (7-8) no matter Thursday’s final result.
Dobbs has appeared in six regular-season video games in his profession, all with the Pittsburgh Steelers, who chosen him within the fourth spherical of the 2017 draft. He has accomplished 10 of 17 go makes an attempt for 45 yards and an interception in these video games.
Dobbs was with the Cleveland Browns this season however did not seem in a recreation. He was lower by the staff when Deshaun Watson was added to the lively roster following his 11-game suspension.
“He’s a very bright young man and he’s working really hard to pick everything up,” Downing mentioned. “There’s some familiarity and carryover in the terminology from where he was in Cleveland. I was with [Browns coach Kevin] Stefanski in Minnesota so I can try to give some ‘Spanish to English’ to him a little bit. I think as long as we can identify what he’s comfortable with, that’ll determine the volume.”
ESPN’s Ed Werder and Turron Davenport contributed to this report.