QB Marcus Mariota - Tennessee Titans
|6-4, 222||Born: 10-30-1993||College: Oregon||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2015|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 10): Mariota was a dud in Week 14, but he didn't need to be more against the Jaguars because of Derrick Henry. He has a decent matchup against the Giants and should be in QB2/Superflex consideration.
Week 15: at New York Giants
Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.
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Weekly Performance vs QB 1, QB 12, QB 24
Marcus Mariota's percentile rank in each category, among QB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 13 vs NYJ (20 / 35 / 282 / 2 / 1 pass, 4 / 43 / 0 rush)
Mariota's day started off terrible as his first five drives went nowhere, hampered largely by very poor offensive line play that helped cough up multiple sacks and a blocked punt. Mariota did not help himself early on as he held on to the ball far too long while also throwing an interception returned for a touchdown on this second possession of the game. He would get some momentum before halftime as Mariota led a 68-yard drive highlighted by a well-thrown ball about 20 yards downfield to Davis, a 14-yard rush up the middle helped by some solid blocking from Anthony Firkser, then rewarding his blocking tight end with a 12-yard touchdown strike to a wide-open Firkser. The second half started slowly, but it was a much better half overall for Mariota. He would toss a couple nice deep balls to Tajae Sharpe to set up a touchdown in the third quarter, then a couple drives later, Mariota managed to lead a full speed Taywan Taylor to a 44-yard gain from an excellent deep ball that was right on target. Mariota would deliver another deep strike to Taylor on the next drive as he completed a 55-yard ball, also right on the money. Despite having 1st-and-goal on both drives, Mariota couldn't lead the Titans into the end zone as they had to settle for field goals on each drive. He had been under pressure all day long, even on the final drive of the game when Mariota almost took sacks on two consecutive plays but managed to use his legs for a magical gain that almost ended in heartbreak. Mariota tucked it and scrambled for 25 yards, making a nice sidestep on Jets defenders while breaking a couple tackles before taking a huge hit that knocked the ball loose. The Titans recovered the fumble, which allowed Mariota to continue this impressive game-winning drive with a couple more quick completions capped off by an 11-yard touchdown pass to Corey Davis for the win.
2018 Week 12 vs HOU (22 / 23 / 303 / 2 / 0 pass, 6 / 28 / 0 rush)
Marcus Mariota put together one of the best performances of his career in the loss to Houston Monday night. He was perfect through the air without a single incompletion until 1:06 remaining in the game when a pass intended for Derrick Henry fell incomplete. Mariota relied heavily on short passes throughout this game, but he did take some deep shots sprinkled to Corey Davis throughout the game. One of those short passes for Mariota turned into his longest pass play of the game as Jonnu Smith hauled in a reception just three yards from the line of scrimmage but proceeded top rumble his way to a 61-yard touchdown on the second drive of the game. Mariota's second touchdown came just before the third quarter expired as he heaved the ball about 31-yards downfield to connect with Corey Davis, who took it the rest of the way for a 48-yard touchdown. The ball was very slightly underthrown, but Davis managed to make the play along with a great move after the catch to find the end zone. Mariota was spectacular at extending plays and using his legs, as shown by his 28 rushing yards, but he also was guilty of holding on to the ball a little too long at times. Because of this drive to make a play along with very poor blocking, Mariota ended up getting sacked six times for 43 negative yards, which marks great day through the air did not come without mistakes though, as he did take 6 sacks due in part to his indecisiveness in the pocket, combined with poor offensive line play against the stout Texans pass rush. This marks the fourth time in the last six games that Mariota has been sacked four or more times.
2018 Week 11 vs IND (10 / 13 / 85 / 0 / 1 pass, 4 / 17 / 0 rush)
It was a tough day for Marcus Mariota as he struggled in the first half before going down with an injury just before halftime that would keep him sidelined for the rest of the game. He was under constant pressure from blitzes dialed up by the Colts, getting sacked four times before the last one finally knocked him out. Mariota did not have many highlights before being forced from the game. He would find Corey Davis on a well-thrown ball put right on the money about 15 yards downfield as Davis steamed forward for a few extra yards to complete the 23-yard reception--Mariota's longest pass play of the game. On the next play though, Mariota would make his first big mistake of the game as he was looking for Jonnu Smith on the left side but did not see the defensive back behind Smith as Quincy Wilson stepped right in front of Smith for the easy interception.
2018 Week 10 vs NE (16 / 24 / 228 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 21 / 0 rush)
Mariota would roll right from four yards out before finding Jonnu Smith pretty much wide open in the end zone for an easy touchdown--his first of the day. On the very next drive, Mariota launched a perfectly placed rainbow to the corner of the end zone as he found Corey Davis from 23 yards out for his second passing touchdown of the day. Mariota was finding Corey Davis downfield all day, getting the ball to him deep four times for 20 or more yards. Outside of his touchdown pass to Davis, the next best throw Mariota made came on his last drive before halftime as Mariota stepped up to avoid pressure in the pocket before showing off his strong arm to muscle the ball downfield to Davis for a 20-yard gain to convert a 3rd-and-14. Mariota would find Cameron Batson on another nicely thrown deep ball for 26 yards midway through the third quarter. On that same drive, Mariota found success again this week with the zone read keeper as he pulled the ball from his running back before accelerating downfield for a big 20-yard gain to get into the red zone. Mariota even got in on the receiving in this one, hauling in a reception from his receiver Darius Jennings for 21 yards just a few plays after seeing Tom Brady grab a reception from nearly the same play.
2018 Week 9 vs DAL (21 / 29 / 240 / 2 / 0 pass, 10 / 32 / 1 rush)
This game couldn't have been much worst to begin for Marcus Mariota as he led off the first two drives with two costly fumbles--the first resulting from heavy pressure as Mariota was stripped as he brought the ball back to pass, while the second resulted from a botched handoff to Dion Lewis. Early in the second quarter, Mariota made a spectacular read to keep the ball instead of handing off to Derrick Henry, who would have been swallowed by multiple defenders. Instead, Mariota ran for a big gain of 12 yards to move the chains on third down. Later in the second quarter, Mariota missed what could have been a wide open touchdown pass to Jonnu Smith, but he followed that up with a well thrown 36-yard deep ball on third-and-10 to Darius Jennings. Mariota led Jennings perfectly as he placed this pass between three defenders. To cap off this drive, Mariota would find Dion Lewis from 18 yards on a simple screen pass that Lewis took to the house for Mariota's first receiving touchdown of the game. Mariota's second passing touchdown would come from a zone read option where Mariota basically pulled the ball from the gut of Dion Lewis only to immediately shovel it in traffic to Jonnu Smith who bowled his way into the end zone for the seven-yard touchdown. Mariota could have had a third passing touchdown had he not slightly overthrown a ball to Corey Davis near the start of the fourth quarter. On the Titans' final touchdown drive of the game, Mariota continued his success on the ground as he decided to take the ball into the end zone himself after realizing he had no options downfield. Mariota tucked it and ran straight up the middle, using his speed and power to make it into the end zone standing up for the nine-yard touchdown run.
2018 Week 7 vs LAC (24 / 32 / 237 / 1 / 1 pass, 7 / 38 / 0 rush)
Marcus Mariota showed some improvement in this week's game as he completed 75 percent of his passes and surpassed 200 passing yards for the second time this season. Mariota leaned heavily on the short-to-intermediate passing game here though, completing only two passes of more than 20 yards with both of those coming off screens to his running backs. Mariota was on the same page with Tajae Sharpe as he leaned on Sharpe heavily for a number of long third-down conversions, but he struggled to find the likes of Corey Davis or Taywan Taylor, both of whom are known for stretching the field. The offensive line held up a bit better here as Mariota was sacked only twice. He was scrambling early and often though as Mariota rushed seven times for 38 yards--his fourth game of 25 or more rushing yards this season. Over half of his runs came on read options with Mariota making good calls to keep the ball and gain positive yards. On the final drive of the game, Mariota barely escaped a sack as he slid out of the pocket for an 11-yard gain--his longest run of the game. He nearly had a rushing touchdown to cap off that drive, but the touchdown was called back with Mariota being spotted down just before the goal line. Mariota would find tight end Luke Stocker on the next play though for the one-yard touchdown reception on 4th-and-Goal from a well-executed play action fake. Mariota would throw one interception to go along with his touchdown in this game. His interception came from a ball tipped at the line of scrimmage in the red zone just before halftime. This would be Mariota's first career interception in the red zone.
2018 Week 6 vs BAL (10 / 15 / 117 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 25 / 0 rush)
Marcus Mariota took more sacks (11) than passes completed (10) in a dreadful day for the Titans offense. He was playing through a known elbow injury, trying to find his grip both with and without a glove. Neither would have mattered though as the offensive line had an extremely tough time against the Ravens front seven. There were few highlights to speak of here for Mariota with his longest pass of the game going to Corey Davis near the end of the third quarter--a 24-yard strike over the middle of the field. Mariota found Tajae Sharpe on a couple lengthy passes as well, but other than those plays, he struggled on every single drive to find an open receiver against a combination of solid coverage in the secondary and nonstop pressure that overwhelmed his offensive line. Mariota did log a 21-yard scramble down the right sideline near the end of the third quarter, but the many other times he even tried to run, he was bottled up by the Ravens defense.
2018 Week 5 vs BUF (14 / 26 / 129 / 0 / 1 pass, 2 / 10 / 0 rush)
Mariota was under heavy pressure on a play near the end of the first quarter and tried to throw the ball away as he was being tackled. He ended up lobbing the ball dangerously close to the sideline as it was only a few inches from being intercepted. had to throw it away near the red zone at the end of the first quarter and was nearly intercepted. On a long second down midway through the second quarter, Mariota threw his first interception of the day as his he found the arms of a defender after the intended receiver made some incidental contact and couldn't finish his route. Mariota threaded the needle on a 13-yard dart to Tajae Sharpe on third-and-eight to start the fourth quarter. On that same drive, Mariota scrambled up the middle and showed some hops to leap over a defender to convert another third down. A few plays later, Mariota nearly got sacked as the defender fully wrapped him up before letting off (likely for fear of penalty). This allowed Mariota to scramble out and take a deep shot to the end zone that fell incomplete. To cap off this drive, Mariota was flushed out of the pocket again and bought enough time to find a wide open Nick Williams on his way to the end zone, but Williams allowed the pass to go right through his hands, dropping a sure-thing touchdown that could have been the game-winner. Mariota would try to lead the Titans downfield on their last drive of the game, but a fumble as he was scrambling under pressure on third down would seal the field goal.
2018 Week 4 vs PHI (30 / 43 / 344 / 2 / 1 pass, 10 / 46 / 1 rush)
Marcus Mariota had his best game of the short season this week despite battling through an elbow injury, passing for 344 yards and his first pair of passing touchdowns of the season. Mariota did not appear limited at all by his injury here as he was making all kinds of throws, consistently pushing the ball downfield with deep shots from start to finish here. Mariota missed an open Corey Davis early on their first drive on what would have been a touchdown play, but he followed it up with a few nice throws including another deep ball to Davis, who was his favorite target on the day. Mariota did have a momentary lapse in judgment as he airmailed an ugly interception near the end of the first half. He used his legs to score the Titans' first touchdown of the game late in the third quarter though as Mariota he ran it in himself from two yards out--his first rushing touchdown of the season. He rushed a season-high 10 times here, showing great mobility to extend plays and get meaningful gains with his legs. Midway through the fourth quarter, Mariota took a deep shot on the first play of the drive and connected with Corey Davis for 51 yards to spark the offense when they really needed it. This was a very well thrown ball that dropped right between two defenders, hitting Davis perfectly in stride for Mariota's biggest play of the day. Just a few plays later in this drive, Mariota would find Tajae Sharpe on the right side of the end zone for the 11-yard touchdown pass--his first touchdown pass of the day. As the game went into overtime, Mariota would have his best drive of the game, leading the Titans 75 yards downfield for the overtime victory. Mariota came up big in numerous clutch situations here, including a huge throw on 4th-and-15 to Taywan Taylor to keep the drive alive. Later on another long down, 3rd-and-19, Mariota scrambled for 17 yards to set up a manageable fourth down that he would convert on a short pass to Dion Lewis. To cap the game off with only five seconds left, Mariota found Corey Davis in the middle of the end zone on a high throw that he knew only Davis could elevate to haul in.
2018 Week 3 vs JAX (12 / 18 / 100 / 0 / 0 pass, 7 / 51 / 0 rush)
Marcus Mariota started this game on the bench still dealing with his elbow injury, but he was forced into action when Blaine Gabbert was knocked out with a concussion in the first quarter. Mariota was very noticeably having trouble throwing and gripping the ball, as many of his passes were both wobbly and errant. Mariota rarely attempted many passes beyond 10 yards of the line of scrimmage, as his longest pass play came on a short comeback route on which Corey Davis willed his way to a 22-yard gain. These troubles in the passing game actually led to an uptick in rushing by Mariota, finishing with over 50 rushing yards. It started with a 13-yard scramble near the Titans' goal line at the end of first quarter. With only a couple minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Mariota's other rushing highlight came in a big situation on 3rd-and-1. It was a read option play where Mariota kept it, jetting through a hole in the middle to pick up the first down and 15 yards as he helped to grind down the clock on the way to a Titans win.
2018 Week 1 vs MIA (9 / 16 / 103 / 0 / 2 pass, 3 / 15 / 0 rush)
Marcus Mariota started out hot in his season debut, completing seven of his first eight pass attempts while moving the Titans down the field on two solid drives. He was making great decisions while hitting his targets routinely on these first couple of drives. On his second possession, Mariota did a great job picking up on an incoming blitz to get the ball out quickly to an uncovered Tajae Sharpe for a 17-yard gain. On that same drive, Mariota would hit Luke Stocker with a 33-yard bomb over the middle as he perfectly lofted the pass after a well-executed play action. Mariota and team would fail to convert that drive into any points though as they fizzled out on downs near the goal line. Near the start of the second half, Mariota would take a hard hit to his throwing arm elbow that sidelined him until the next offensive series. Things would then go downhill fast for Mariota. On his very next throw, Mariota would overthrow his intended target for his first interception of the game. After returning from a second lightning delay of nearly two hours, Mariota would throw yet another interception before being pulled for the remainder of the game. With his only two pass attempts after the hit to his elbow resulting in interceptions, it was clear something was not right with Mariota. His status will require monitoring throughout the week.
Latest NewsTitans | Minimal impact for Marcus Mariota (Fri Dec 7, 12:07 AM) - Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota completed 18 of his 24 passes for 162 yards, no touchdowns and an interception during the team's 21-point win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday, Dec. 6. Mariota also ran four times for 13 yards. Our View: Mariota's interception was a terrible overthrow to a wide open receiver, and Derrick gave him few chances to finish drives with passes. He'll be a QB2/Superflex option next week against the Giants.
link to story Titans | Marcus Mariota logs full practice (Wed Dec 5, 03:54 PM) - Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota (hand) was full go in practice Wednesday, Dec. 5. link to story Titans | Marcus Mariota upgraded to full (Tue Dec 4, 06:19 PM) - Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota (hand) participated fully in practice Tuesday, Dec. 4. Our View: The Titans play on Thursday against the Jaguars. Mariota's full participation on Monday is a good sign for his availability in Week 14.
link to story Titans | Marcus Mariota listed as limited (Mon Dec 3, 05:05 PM) - Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota (hand) was limited during practice Monday, Dec. 3. The Titans did not hold a practice, so this is an estimation. link to story Titans | Marcus Mariota plays well (Sun Dec 2, 10:53 PM) - Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota completed 20 of his 35 passes for 282 yards, two touchdowns and an interception and rushed four times for 43 yards in a 26-22 win over the New York Jets in Week 13. link to story More News
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