“Can the Tennessee Titans afford to be patient with Cole McDonald?”
Arthur Smith and Pat O’Hara will play a vital role in helping Cole McDonald develop into a backup NFL quarterback. Two seasons in Hawaii, McDonald had over 8,000 passing yards and 82 total touchdowns. After being benched in the 2018 Hawaii Bowl, Cole worked hard to improve. Most college quarterbacks who lose their jobs look to transfer. Cole stayed in Hawaii, and in the 2019 Hawaii Bowl, he threw for over 490 yards with five total touchdowns.
If Cole is going to make an impact, the Titans must be patient. Before the draft, the Philadelphia Eagles thought no one would draft him. Jon Robinson had three 7th round picks and decided Cole McDonald was worth one. Unless the Titans sign a veteran backup like Blake Bortles, one must think McDonald has a serious chance of beating out Logan Woodside for the number two job. However, if Woodside does win the backup role, the question becomes, will the Titans carry three quarterbacks on the roster? Remember the Eagles, even though they thought he would not be there, they did play on signing him as an undrafted free agent. Therefore, will Cole McDonald also be available for the practice squad?