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Joshua Dobbs will start for the Titans against the Cowboys at QB

According to a source, Joshua Dobbs will likely start at quarterback for the Tennessee Titans against the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday night.

Joshua Dobbs, who was signed off the practise squad of the Detroit Lions eight days ago, will start in place of rookie Malik Willis, who has had difficulty in his three starts. Joshua Dobbs will make his NFL debut in this game.

The Draft Network reported the story first.

Ryan Tannehill, the starting quarterback for the Titans, underwent surgery last week for a high right ankle sprain. If Tennessee qualifies, Tannehill would miss the remainder of the regular season as well as possibly the postseason. Tannehill was formally put on injured reserve by the Titans on Thursday, meaning he will be out for a minimum of four games before making a comeback.

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – DECEMBER 29: Joshua Dobbs #11 of the Tennessee Titans hands the ball off to Hassan Haskins #25 during the third quarter of the game at Nissan Stadium on December 29, 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

In either of his three starts in lieu of Tannehill, Willis, who was chosen in the third round of this year’s draught, has failed to throw a touchdown pass or pass for 100 yards. Despite Willis only completing 50.8% of his throws and throwing three interceptions, the Titans are 1-2 in his starts. He has scored a touchdown while rushing for 123 yards.

According to Todd Downing, the offensive coordinator for the Titans, “[Willis] will notice certain things a little bit sooner as he continues to grow and mature.” “I can put him in some better positions, and it’s all hands on deck as we try to get things figured out.”

For the contest against the Cowboys, Tennessee has ruled out a number of players, including Jeffery Simmons, a defensive lineman who played in the Pro Bowl. Derrick Henry, a running back for the Pro Bowl, who was classified as questionable, is also not participating.

Linebackers Bud Dupree and Zach Cunningham, two of those starters who were declared out, were put on injured reserve on Thursday.

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NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – DECEMBER 29: Robert Woods #2 of the Tennessee Titans celebrates with Joshua Dobbs #11, Chigoziem Okonkwo #85 and Treylon Burks #16 after scoring a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys during the third quarter of the game at Nissan Stadium on December 29, 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Earlier in the season, Dupree missed five games due to a hip issue before going on injured reserve with a pectoral injury. With four sacks, six tackles for a loss, and nine quarterback hits, he completes the campaign. In 2021, Dupree agreed to a five-year, $82.5 million contract with the Titans.

The Titans picked up Cunningham off waivers last year. He was put on injured reserve in November and missed six games in a row because of an elbow injury. Cunningham suffered another elbow injury last week against the Houston Texans after the Titans reinstated him off injured reserve. Cunningham’s salary for this season was originally set at $10.4 million, but he modified his contract to save up $6 million in cap space.

The team of coach Mike Vrabel is presently suffering from a five-game losing run. The Titans (7-8) find themselves in a win-and-in scenario next week against the Jacksonville Jaguars (7-8) regardless of Thursday’s result, even if a victory against Dallas would be great for morale.

Joshua Dobbs began his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers, who took him in the fourth round of the 2017 draught, and has since played in six regular-season games for them. In those games, Joshua Dobbs completed 10 of his 17 pass attempts for 45 yards and one interception.

“Joshua Dobbs is a very bright young man and he’s working really hard to pick everything up,” Downing said. “There’s some familiarity and carryover in the terminology from where he was in Cleveland. I was with [Browns coach Kevin] Stefanski in Minnesota, so I can try to give some ‘Spanish to English’ to him a little bit. I think as long as we can identify what he’s comfortable with, that’ll determine the volume.”

Joshua Dobbs was a member of the Cleveland Browns during this season, although he did not play. When quarterback Deshaun Watson joined the active roster after serving an 11-game suspension, he was released by the club.

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