With the oft-injured Marcus Mariota, the Tennessee Titans have been reliant on their backup quarterback the last couple of years. In 2018, it was Blaine Gabbert. He played in eight games, starting three of them, but finished with a less than impressive 78.3 yards-per-game and 74.9 passing rating. In the two previous seasons, it was Matt Cassel, who played in six games and posted similar numbers as Gabbert.
It was blatantly apparent that the front office needed to improve the quality of the backup quarterback. In March, they acquired Ryan Tannehill from the Miami Dolphins in exchange for a sixth-round and fourth-round pick in the 2019 and 2020 NFL Drafts, respectively.