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Titans’ Ryan Tannehill wins Comeback Player of the Year

Ryan Tannehill, Titans

The NFL has its AP Comeback Player of the Year winner. Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill won the award at the NFL Honors in Miami.

It’s an honor,” Tannehill told reporters on winning the award, via Zachary Junda of Titans Wire. “It’s something you never want to be up initially for, but it is such an honor just to be recognized for the fighting through adversity I’ve had to face over the past couple of years.”

Once a Miami Dolphin, Tannehill — the No. 8 pick of the 2012 NFL Draft — never broke out as many expected in South Beach. Ultimately, the Dolphins traded away Tannehill in the offseason as part of their culture reset/rebuild. The Titans happily sent fourth- (2020) and seventh-round picks in exchange for the 31-year-old and a sixth-round pick.

Tannehill started the season on the bench, backing up Marcus Mariota. By Week 7, he was the full-time starter, as Tennessee benched Mariota after a 2-4 start.

The Titans responded to Tannehill’s starting status. They finished the regular season 9-7 and found themselves playing in the AFC Championship against the Kansas City Chiefs — a game that they would lose.

Tannehill led the NFL in passer rating in 2019 with a 117.5. He passed for 2,742 yards, 22 touchdowns and six interceptions. The NFL named him a Pro Bowler for the first time of his career, as he found himself playing in Orlando in Patrick Mahomes’ spot.

Tannehill enjoyed his best season as a pro in 2019 after entering the season as a backup. Now a free agent, he’s set to cash-in.

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