Marcus Mariota
QB TEN (8)
1 week ago

Mariota expects to play in Thursday's preseason opener against the Packers, Jim Wyatt of TitansOnline.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Some teams hold out starters for the first week of the preseason, but the Titans unsurprisingly want Mariota to get some reps as he adjusts to a new coaching staff. It's unclear exactly who will be catching his passes, as Rishard Matthews (undisclosed) is still on the PUP list and Corey Davis (undisclosed) has also missed quite a bit of practice time.

Marcus Mariota
QB TEN (8)
3 months ago

Mariota didn't use a knee brace during the team's OTA session Tuesday, but he has yet to make a decision whether or not he will wear it during the season, Terry McCormick of TitanInsider.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Mariota's availability isn't in question, but wearing a brace could hinder his mobility and output on the ground during the 2018 campaign. More information on that front should surface as the regular season nears, though the issue shouldn't have a large overall impact either way.

Marcus Mariota
QB TEN (8)
4 months ago

The Titans are slated to exercise their fifth-year option on Mariota's rookie deal, the Tennessean reports.

EDGE Analysis

The predictable and logical move will keep the No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft under team control through the 2019 campaign. Per the report, the 24-year-old signal-caller will be in line for a base salary of $20.9 million in 2019. Mariota is coming off a 2017 season in which he threw for 3,232 yards with 13 TDs and 15 picks in 15 games. It was a step back from his 2016 effort, which included a 26:9 TD:INT ratio, but there's hope that Mariota's prospects will be bolstered by the Titans' hiring of offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur, who tends to rely on play-action passing. Moreover, it's reasonable to expect improved production from wideout Corey Davis, who caught 34 passes for 375 yards in 11 games last season after being selected fifth overall in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Marcus Mariota
QB TEN (8)
7 months ago

Mariota's future outlook received a major boost with the hiring of offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur, according to Jason Wolf of the Tennessean.

EDGE Analysis

LaFleur was hired for the same job that he held with the Rams this past season, but he'll also get offensive play-calling duties with Tennessee after ceding those to head coach Sean McVay in Los Angeles. Tennessee's willingness to part with head coach Mike Mularkey and his staff after the season despite reaching the divisional round in the playoffs suggests the franchise believes getting Mariota back on track is the key to the team's future success. The 24-year-old quarterback regressed overall this past season despite improved team success, but he led the league in passer rating (122.8) and yards per attempt (11.1) on play-action passes. It's no coincidence that LeFleur relied heavily on play-action passing in the past while tutoring Matt Ryan and Jared Goff.

Marcus Mariota
QB TEN (8)
7 months ago

A strained quad hampered Mariota's mobility for the bulk of the Titans' 35-14 playoff loss to the Patriots on Saturday, ESPN's Cameron Wolfe reports.

EDGE Analysis

The QB sustained the injury on a first-quarter run Saturday and the issue clearly had an impact on his ability to scramble, as well as avoid the Patriots' pass rush. Mariota, who was sacked eight times in the contest, ended up completing 22 of 37 passes for 254 yards and two TDs, while rushing four times for 37 yards. Mariota will now have the offseason to move past his current quad injury, as well as further distance himself from the hamstring, knee and shoulder woes that he contended with earlier in the 2017 campaign.

Marcus Mariota
QB TEN (8)
7 months ago1 Comment

Mariota completed 22 of 37 passes for 254 yards and two touchdowns while adding 37 yards on four rushes in Saturday's 35-14 loss to the Patriots in the divisional round.

EDGE Analysis

Mariota orchestrated a 95-yard touchdown drive to give his team a seven-point lead after one quarter, capping it with the first of two touchdown passes to Corey Davis. In the second quarter, a phantom Eric Decker offensive pass interference on third down, a fourth-down encroachment call that should have been a false start on a New England punt and a missed facemask on a fourth-down Derrick Henry run all took away potential points for Mariota and the Titans offense. With those potential opportunities all squandered and star right tackle Jack Conklin going down in the first half as well, Mariota was under siege the rest of the way, as New England no longer had to fear the run and sacked the mobile quarterback eight times. Mariota's improved play in the postseason coupled with Davis' coming-out party here after a disappointing rookie season should have fans excited about what lies ahead for this passing game, even if they will forever be left wondering what could have been if some questionable calls had swung the other way in this one.

Marcus Mariota
QB TEN (8)
7 months ago

Mariota completed 19 of 31 passes for 205 yards, two touchdowns and an interception while adding a six-yard receiving score on a deflection and eight carries for 46 yards in Saturday's 22-2, wild-card round win at Kansas City.

EDGE Analysis

Mariota executed a fantasy owner's biggest fantasy in the third quarter, as his pass was batted in the air by a defender and went right back into the quarterback's hands for what counted as both a passing and a receiving score from six yards out. That play ignited a previously dormant Tennessee offense, which erased a 21-3 halftime deficit. Mariota completed the comeback with a go-ahead, 22-yard strike to Eric Decker with 6:06 remaining. His will to win and ability to persevere through adversity don't always come across in the stat sheet, but those qualities have earned the third-year quarterback a trip to New England next week.

Marcus Mariota
QB TEN (8)
8 months ago

Mariota completed 12 of 21 passes for 134 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in Sunday's 15-10 win over the Jaguars. He also rushed 10 times for 60 yards and lost a fumble.

EDGE Analysis

Mariota's final line was nothing to write home about, but he did just enough to help the Titans clinch a wild-card spot. The third-year signal caller could only help Tennessee produce three second-half points, and those came at the end of a modest eight-play, 23-yard drive. However, what he failed to accomplish through the air he largely made up for with his legs, as Mariota's rushing attempts and yardage total were both season highs. The 24-year-old also contributed a pivotal 13-yard scamper on third down with 2:13 remaining that essentially sealed the win. Having helped the franchise snap an eight-season playoff drought, Mariota will turn his attention to attempting to topple the Kansas City Chiefs in an AFC wild-card road tilt next Saturday afternoon.

Marcus Mariota
QB TEN (8)
8 months ago

Mariota completed 22 of 39 passes for 275 yards and an interception while adding 24 yards on three scrambles in Sunday's 27-23 loss to the Rams.

EDGE Analysis

Mariota's first pass of the game was picked off, but he drove the offense down inside the one-yard line on the ensuing possession before ultimately settling for a field goal after a false start and a near-interception in the end zone. While the mobile quarterback moved the ball pretty well despite his lack of touchdowns in this one, a third consecutive loss to an NFC West opponent has left Tennessee in a three-way tie with the Bills and Chargers for the second AFC Wild Card spot heading into next week's home clash with the Jaguars. Given his 12:15 touchdown-to-interception ratio this season, Mariota won't be an advisable fantasy play for that matchup with the league's top pass defense.

Marcus Mariota
QB TEN (8)
8 months ago

Mariota completed 23 of 33 passes for 241 yards and two touchdowns during Sunday's 25-23 loss to the 49ers. He also carried twice for an additional four yards.

EDGE Analysis

Mariota connected on 70 percent of his attempts as he hooked up with seven different receivers. He threw a four-yard touchdown pass to Delanie Walker just before halftime and added an eight-yard strike to Richard Matthews that gave his team its first lead early in the fourth. Unfortunately, the home team came back to win with a last-second field goal, but this was a nice bounce-back for Mariota nonetheless after a poor showing against the Cardinals last week. Now having dropped two straight games, he'll look to build on this performance next week against a surging Rams team.