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Titans QB Ryan Tannehill says he knows he’s Marcus Mariota’s backup

There was a story this weekend from ESPN’s Dianna Russini that Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota’s starting job might not be safe and there was a chance it could be Ryan Tannehill could be the guy starting week one of the regular season.

On Saturday Tannehill was asked about the report and the look on his face and the comments made it very clear, he knows he is the backup quarterback.

“I didn’t know it was a story,” said Tannehill, via tennessean.com. “I don’t really listen to the media at all. Sorry guys.”

When the Titans brought in Tannehill they made it clear that he was being brought in as the backup and he said there hasn’t even been any talk about him being a starter.

“I don’t think that’s an option at this point,” Tannehill said Saturday when asked about starting Week 1. “At least it hasn’t been stated to me. I’m just going out and competing against the defense that’s out there each and every play and trying to execute the call as best I can.”

Mariota has taken all of the first-team reps during training camp except for the one day that he had a rest day. Mariota is going into the last year of his contract so the team needs to try and figure out if he can still be the future, or if they need to go in a different direction.

Even if Tannehill isn’t starting week one, his presence does put even more pressure on Mariota to perform well or there could be a change during the season.

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