Final update: Levis dominated in his NFL debut. He finished 19-of-29 for 238 yards and four touchdowns. He had seven carries for 11 yards. Willis was a non-factor after that misplayed snap in the first quarter, finishing with only two carries for four yards.
First half update: Levis remains the only quarterback with a passing stat. He heads into halftime 12-of-19 passing for 119 yards and two touchdowns. The two scores tie Ryan Tannehill despite being achieved in much less game time. Willis has still been switched in, but he has two carries for four yards as his only stat line.
First quarter update: Willis only played that one snap where the snap sailed and resulted in a turnover. Levis finished the quarter 6-of-7 passing for 67 yards and a touchdown. His first career touchdown now has him behind Tannehill by only one score on the season. If he keeps this up, he could play his way into the starting role.
First drive update: Levis picked up a first down on three plays and was taken out in favor of Willis. The next snap was high and Willis couldn’t come down with it as Atlanta recovers. Have to assume Levis will be under center the next drive.
Malik Willis into the game now for #Titans after three plays and a first down.— Terry McCormick (@terrymc13) October 29, 2023
Pre-game update: Levis has officially been announced as the starter and will get the first crack under center. This doesn’t mean much, as Willis could instantly replace him, but the assumption is that Vrabel will see what Levis brings them early.
Will Levis was just announced as the starter at QB for the #Titans and the crowd went crazy.— TURRON DAVENPORT (@TDavenport_NFL) October 29, 2023
The Tennessee Titans will face the Atlanta Falcons in Week 8 of the NFL season. Starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill has been ruled out for the matchup due to an ankle injury. Head coach Mike Vrabel said he intends to play both backup quarterbacks, with rookie Will Levis getting the start and second-year quarterback Malik Willis being worked in. We will be tracking their stats throughout the game as they try and get the Titans a win to improve to 3-4 on the year.
This will be Levis’ regular season NFL debut. He played sparingly in the preseason, but this will be his first real test at outright winning the backup quarterback job and cementing himself as the QB of the future. Willis was overhyped coming out of college and infamously plummeted in the draft. He has played in 10 career games has 350 passing yards with three interceptions, and is still looking for his first career passing touchdown. Willis has added 123 yards and a score on 27 carries.
More to come.