QMarcus Mariota
QB TEN (8)
3 weeks 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.

QMarcus Mariota
QB TEN (8)
1 month 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.

QMarcus Mariota
QB TEN (8)
1 month 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.

QMarcus Mariota
QB TEN (8)
2 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.

QMarcus Mariota
QB TEN (8)
2 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.

QMarcus Mariota
QB TEN (8)
2 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.

QMarcus Mariota
QB TEN (8)
2 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.

QMarcus Mariota
QB TEN (8)
2 months ago

Mariota was a full participant in all of the Titans' practices this week, suggesting the minor right knee sprain he sustained last week isn't a concern heading into Sunday's game against the 49ers.

EDGE Analysis

According to Paul Kuharsky of PaulKuharsky.com, Mariota could require a clean-up procedure on his ankle on the same right leg during the offseason, but it appears the lower-body issues won't impact his availability for the rest of the campaign. That being said, Mariota's propensity for getting banged up seems to be taking a toll on him this season, as he's thrown a career-high 14 interceptions, while his 10 touchdown passes are well behind the 26 he tossed in 15 games in 2016. Mariota has made up for the lack of passing efficiency to some degree with five touchdowns on the ground, but with his turnover problems worsening in recent weeks, it will be difficult to trust him during the fantasy playoffs. He at least draws a favorable matchup in Week 15 against a 49ers defense that ranks 25th in the NFL in yards per game allowed.

QMarcus Mariota
QB TEN (8)
2 months ago

Mariota (knee) was a full participant at Wednesday's practice, but his hamstring ailment from earlier this season is still having an impact, and his fibula fracture from last year may require a clean-up procedure at the end of the campaign, according to freelance NFL reporter Paul Kuharsky.

EDGE Analysis

Mariota finds himself on the injury report for Week 15 in San Francisco with a minor injury in the same left knee that he's worn a brace on ever since suffered a second MCL injury in 2015 (the first occurred in 2013 at Oregon). While it doesn't seem that any of these lingering leg injuries poses a threat to his availability, they might help to explain why Mariota has taken a clear step back in his third professional season. If he does end up having surgery on his leg/ankle, it probably won't have a major impact on his offseason preparation, assuming he's able to go under the knife in January. The Titans enter Week 15 positioned for a playoff spot, but their recent form doesn't exactly hint at a deep run.

QMarcus Mariota
QB TEN (8)
2 months ago

Titans head coach Mike Mularkey confirmed Monday that Mariota (knee) is expected to practice Wednesday and play in Sunday's game in San Francisco, Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Per Wolfe, Mularkey is hopeful that Mariota's minor knee sprain won't impact his mobility in the coming weeks. The third-year quarterback was able to play through the injury without missing a snap in Sunday's 12-7 loss to the Cardinals, though his performance -- 159 passing yards, 11 rushing yards and two interceptions -- was the furthest thing from encouraging. It's also worth noting that this is the same left knee Mariota wears a brace on, having previously suffered MCL injuries in 2013 at Oregon and again in 2015 as a rookie. While he doesn't seem to be in danger of missing a game, his practice participation will be monitored closely throughout the week.