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Tennessee Titans' Malik Willis on Ryan Tannehill's mentorship comments: 'Everything is cool'

Ben Arthur
Nashville Tennessean

The Tennessee Titans didn’t take issue with Ryan Tannehill’s comments about mentoring third-round rookie Malik Willis. 

Willis and coach Mike Vrabel were asked about Tannehill’s scrutinized  remarks following the first day of rookie minicamp Friday. 

Last week, Tannehill said he doesn’t feel it’s his job to mentor Willis, but added that if the former Liberty star learns something from him, “that’s a great thing.”

Willis said he had no problems with Tannehill, adding that the veteran quarterback recently invited the offensive skill players over to his house. 

“We chopped it up. It was never anything negative,” Willis said. “Ryan is a good dude. … Everything is cool, man.” 

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Titans quarterback Malik Willis (7) looks over the field during a Rookie Mini-Camp practice at Saint Thomas Sports Park Friday, May 13, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn.

Vrabel felt that Tannehill came across as “genuine” and “authentic” in the question about Willis. 

“I thought Ryan handled that very well,” Vrabel said. “I know Ryan is a great teammate. Everybody here knows he’s a great teammate. (Mentoring) is not his job. His job is to prepare to help us win a bunch of games and be a great teammate and help out. And I know that he’s going to do that. So (the remarks) were not any sort of issue for me."

“I’m not going to try to take a gauge on the social media reaction,” Vrabel added of the response to Tannehill’s comments. “I can just go by what I know and how I feel. … I’m excited to get everybody working together and building competition. Everybody knows we’re trying to build competition throughout every position and we’ve been through this: the veterans’ job is to come in here ready to go. We’re trying to find younger, better, cheaper players. That’s how it goes every year. And (the veterans’ job) is to not let that happen.”