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QB Marcus Mariota - Tennessee Titans

6-4, 222Born: 10-30-1993College: OregonDrafted: Round 1, pick 2

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17 vs JAX 65 12 21 134 1 0 10 60 0 1 15.7
18 at KC 70 19 31 205 2 1 8 46 0 0 28.45
19 at NE 67 22 37 254 2 0 4 37 0 0 24.4

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 19 vs NE (22 / 37 / 254 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / 37 / 0 rush)

Marcus Mariota and the Titans started out hot in this game with a 95-yard touchdown drive to take an early first quarter lead over the Patriots. This drive was certainly the highlight of the game for the Titans as Mariota made some great passes while also making impressive plays with his legs, including an 11-yard scramble on third-and-seven to keep the drive alive. Mariota would convert another critical third down with a bullet to Rishard Matthews over the middle for eight yards. Soon after that play, Mariota kept it on an option to the right as he accelerated for his second 11-yard run of the drive. Two plays later, Mariota a very impressive pass to Corey Davis in the corner of the end zone on which Davis hauled in the one-handed circus catch for the first touchdown of the game. Mariota's second and only other touchdown would come in garbage time as he found Corey Davis again on a well-thrown ball that Davis plucked out of the air while falling out of the end zone, barely tapping his toes for the score. Outside of that long drive in the first quarter and his couple of touchdown passes, there really were not a ton of highlights for Mariota as he was under severe pressure for most of this game. Losing his All-Pro right tackle Jack Conklin early in the game certainly did not help as Mariota would end up getting sacked eight times - the most he has been sacked in a game all season long. It was reported after the game that Mariota actually sprained his quadriceps in the first quarter of the game and played through the rest of the game with that injury, which helps explain why 31 of his team-leading 37 rushing yards all came before halftime.

2017 Week 18 vs KC (19 / 31 / 205 / 2 / 1 pass, 8 / 46 / 0 rush)

Marcus Mariota got off to a very slow start in his first ever playoff appearance. He looked to have a lack of focus as he was off-target on a number of his passes, including a very poorly thrown ball into double-coverage intended for Delanie Walker that resulted in his first and only interception of the game. Mariota also took a massive hit just before the two-minute warning, after which it was surprising to see he could even walk based on how hard he went down. It wasn't until late in the first half that the Titans offense actually did something, with Mariota making a few nice passes to set up a long field goal going into halftime. The second half was a big turnaround for Mariota, as he led three consecutive touchdown drives of at least 60 yards each to put up 19 unanswered points on the Chiefs. Mariota used his legs to convert a huge third-and-nine on their first drive of the second half as he tucked it to run 11 yards up the middle before smartly sliding to avoid contact. Later on that same drive, Mariota had another nice run on a designed keeper he took up the middle for 10 yards to get the Titans to the four-yard line. One of the wildest plays of the season then capped off this spectacular drive as Mariota scrambled around in the pocket, first going right, then switching directions to the left side of the field before launching a pass just as he appeared to be crossing the line of scrimmage. Mariota's pass was batted by a leaping Darrelle Revis, but the ball deflected right back into the hands of Mariota before he dove towards the pylon for what would inevitably be ruled as a touchdown. Mariota's first career post-season touchdown pass ended up actually being to himself! One of his best runs of the day, though, came in the fourth quarter as Mariota was facing third-and-nine with no open receivers. With no options, he decided to take it down the sideline himself, cutting back towards the middle of the field to barely stay in bounds for a 17-yard run and the first down. Later in the drive, Mariota overthrew a wide-open Corey Davis down the sideline, but he followed that play up with an impressive throw to Eric Decker for a 22-yard touchdown to take the lead for the Titans. As the Titans tried to wind down the game inside of the two-minute warning, while not a typical play for a quarterback, it is worth noting that Mariota got his hands dirty here by throwing an impressive block for Derrick Henry to set up the 22-yard run that would inevitably put the win on ice for the Titans.

2017 Week 17 vs JAX (12 / 21 / 134 / 1 / 0 pass, 10 / 60 / 0 rush)

Despite struggling against the league's top defense, Marcus Mariota managed to make just enough plays to keep the chains moving and push the Titans to a win last week. Mariota's biggest highlights were with his legs, as he showed impressive speed throughout the game by making something out of otherwise busted plays. In large part due to the excellent coverage by this Jaguars secondary, Mariota rushed a season-high 10 times for 60 yards. He took a designed run late in the first half for around seven yards but stumbled before the first down marker. If not for his stumble, this would have been at least a 15-yard gain. He had another great run midway through the fourth quarter that helped put the Titans into scoring position. As a passer, however, Mariota predictably struggled. He spent a lot of time in the pocket as his receivers were well-covered, and the Titans offensive line struggled to contend with the Jaguars pass-rush which forced a number of balls to be thrown away while sacking Mariota three times. Nearly half of Mariota's 134 passing yards came on a 66-yard screen pass that Derrick Henry took to the house for a touchdown. Outside of that play, he really had no noteworthy throws against this extremely tough opponent.

2017 Week 16 vs LAR (22 / 39 / 275 / 0 / 1 pass, 3 / 24 / 0 rush)

Marcus Mariota had another tough outing as he got off to the worst start possible with an interception on his first pass of the game. He also had another pass that was nearly picked off in the end zone after a tip late in the first quarter. He was under pressure for most of the day despite only taking one sack, as the pressure showed with Mariota's overall inaccuracy along with multiple passes getting batted down at the line of scrimmage. He made a great play with his legs late in the first half as Mariota danced down the left sideline for 14 yards, surprisingly not stepping out of bounds earlier than when he was called out. Mariota threw a few great balls later in the game as he did a better job moving the offense, including a pass that was on target to a sprinting Taywan Taylor deep downfield, but Taylor simply could not haul it in under heavy coverage. Corey Davis was a big target here for Mariota as he placed the ball very well on a few deep throws in the direction of Davis, including a perfect out route around 20 yards downfield in the fourth quarter. The last play of the game for the Titans and Mariota was an ugly one though, as Mariota scrambled to the right but could not find an open receiver before misjudging Conner Barwin and inevitably falling backward while recklessly chucking the ball in the air for an incomplete pass and turnover on downs.

2017 Week 15 vs SF (23 / 33 / 241 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 4 / 0 rush)

Marcus Mariota and the Titans offense had a slow start with just a field goal to show until the last few seconds of the first half when Mariota found Delanie Walker for a four-yard touchdown reception. From that drive forward, Mariota looked very refreshed as he led the Titans to three straight scores to help them get a lead in the fourth quarter that would ultimately be blown by their defense to lose the game. Mariota made some impressive throws throughout the day, including hooking up with Rishard Matthews on four passes for over 20 yards as Matthews. Mariota's second touchdown pass of the day was also to Matthews, coming on a short stop-and-go route near the goal line that left Mariota with a very easy throw to make for the score. Mariota did not do much at all with his legs here as he had only two scrambles for four yards, but he was well protected as he took just one sack. This game did mark the first time in five weeks that he has thrown for multiple touchdowns and just his second game in the last seven he has finished without throwing an interception.

2017 Week 14 vs ARI (16 / 31 / 159 / 0 / 2 pass, 2 / 11 / 0 rush)

Marcus Mariota had one of the worst games of his career this last week as he completed just 51.6% of his passes for 159 yards and two interceptions. Mariota continued to struggle with throwing downfield here as he completed just five of 16 attempts of 10 or more yards downfield for 88 yards and two interceptions. Mariota made a nice throw on the run do Decker late in the third quarter that went for 29 yards, his longest play of the game. Shortly after this nice throw by Mariota, he made a horrible decision throwing downfield near the goal line with no Titans receiver in sight as the Cardinals picked him off for the first time in the game. Mariota then helped seal the deal for the Cardinals late in the fourth quarter as he completely overlooked linebacker Josh Bynes on a low throw across the middle of the field, letting Bynes jump up to snatch Mariota's second interception of the game. Mariota had been making up for his inefficiency through the air with some fantasy points on the ground, but he only rushed for 11 yards without a touchdown in this game.

2017 Week 13 vs HOU (15 / 23 / 150 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 23 / 1 rush)

Marcus Mariota had another mediocre day that was saved by his rushing productivity. He was held to less than 200 passing yards for the second straight week. Mariota's rushing touchdown came from nine yards out as he made a great read to keep the ball and roll left instead of handing it off to Derrick Henry. Mariota even fooled the cameraman with how good of a fake this was as he accelerated to the left side and easily made it into the end zone for the Titans' first touchdown of the day. Mariota had another nice run near the end of the half as found nothing he liked downfield and proceeded to outrun three Texans' defenders to the edge for a 12-yard gain and a first down to get the Titans into field goal range. His day through the air was not as spectacular as Mariota struggled with accuracy on a number of throws. He missed a wide open Jonnu Smith in the end zone early in this game as Mariota tried to run for the first down but was stopped. Mariota did perform well when not under pressure though, as his offensive line did a solid job throughout the game in pass protection with all 150 of Mariota's passing yards coming from a clean pocket. Mariota's lone touchdown pass was a beauty though as he found Delanie Walker across the middle of the field with a very accurate throw for the 24-yard score.

2017 Week 12 vs IND (17 / 25 / 184 / 1 / 2 pass, 3 / 4 / 0 rush)

Marcus Mariota has a very rough game for the second week in a row. He got off to a decent start with a well-thrown pass to Eric Decker on the team's first drive of the game. Midway through the first quarter, Mariota found Delanie Walker for 37 yards on a deep ball thrown into triple coverage. The decision was poor, but the throw was absolutely on the money. His first interception was an underthrown ball on which the defender made a great catch that was upheld after review. Mariota did not step into that pass at all despite having time to make the throw. His second interception on the very next drive. On this one, his intended receiver actually fell down on the route in addition to Mariota overthrowing it, resulting in a costly interception late in the half. Mariota had a nice touchdown pass off play action to Delanie Walker to close out the third quarter, floating the into the back-left corner of the end zone from the goal line. Mariota also did a great job making a big-time throw across the middle of the field to Corey Davis for a chunk gain on the Titans' game-winning drive. While his throw was slightly high, it was a good read to find Davis open on that route. Outside of those few big plays though, Mariota overall looked rough as he was inaccurate for most of the day.

2017 Week 11 vs PIT (22 / 33 / 306 / 1 / 4 pass, 5 / 5 / 1 rush)

Marcus Mariota passed for over 300 yards for the second time this season, but he coughed up four interceptions to really put his team behind the eight ball in this loss. Two of Mariota's interceptions came in the first half, with the first pick clearly being an overthrow on the part of Mariota. His second interception looked to be a miscommunication with his intended receiver, not as much of a bad throw on Mariota's part. Mariota was held in check on the ground as he only had five rushing yards while getting sacked five times for a loss of 42 yards, but he did find the end zone on a seven-yard touchdown run before halftime. Mariota threw a great deep ball to Rishard Matthews on the first play of the second half for a 75-yard touchdown-his first and only passing touchdown of the day. On the first drive of the fourth quarter, Mariota one-hopped a ball to Delanie Walker on 3rd and 11 to end their series. On the next drive, Mariota was intercepted for the third time. His pass was actually on the money, but the Joseph Hayden just made a great play to pop the ball into the air to let his safety grab the pick. Mariota would then throw his fourth interception on the Titans last possession as Mariota put the ball behind his target, right into the hands of Sean Davis of the Steelers.

2017 Week 10 vs CIN (25 / 44 / 264 / 1 / 1 pass, 6 / 51 / 0 rush)

Marcus Mariota got off to a hot start leading the Titans offense as he completed all four of his passes for 55 yards on the first drive that would end in a touchdown. Mariota had a nice 28-yard run on an option play that included Adoree Jackson as the decoy. He showed no signs of a hamstring injury this week as Mariota ran a few designed runs throughout the game, including one that nearly went for a touchdown as he dove for the pylon but was just short. Near the end of the first half, Mariota did give up an interception to a leaping Bengals defender that Mariota didn't notice in his passing lane. Mariota was not sharp after halftime though as he took back to back sacks on one drive while missing on some good opportunities to make easy plays on their first few drives of the second half. Later in the fourth quarter, he did a great job running five yards for an important first down near the goal line, but Mariota was shaken up on the play as his head slammed against the ground. He came immediately back into the game and overthrew his receiver in the end zone on back to back plays before finding Demarco Murray on a short dump-off for his only passing touchdown of the day to win the game.

2017 Week 9 vs BAL (19 / 28 / 218 / 2 / 1 pass, 3 / 6 / 0 rush)

Marcus Mariota looked as healthy as he has been since his Week 4 hamstring injury as he put up a decent fantasy outing with his second multi-touchdown game of the season. Mariota started the game with a nice deep ball for 29 yards to Rishard Matthews, his only completion of the Titans' first drive. This would not be his only nice deep ball on the day as Mariota ended up completing four of seven passes of 20 or more yards accounting for 93 of his passing yards. One of those completions was an incredible back shoulder strike to Corey Davis late in the first quarter for 23 yards. Mariota's first touchdown came on the very next play, a 16-yard strike to a wide open Rishard Matthews set up by the Ravens linebackers biting hard on Mariota's play action fake. Mariota's lone interception came early in the fourth quarter as he overthrew Matthews on a deep ball that went right into the hands of Ladarius Webb. One of Mariota's best throws aside from the back-shoulder strike to Davis came midway through the fourth quarter as he found Delanie Walker over the middle, throwing it just over the head of a sprinting defender for Walker to turn and make the catch falling backwards - good for 25 yards. That play helped set up Mariota's second touchdown of the game to Eric Decker. Mariota finessed well-led ball to Decker from 11 yards out on a nicely designed misdirection play for what would be the touchdown needed to help lead the Titans to victory.

2017 Week 7 vs CLE (21 / 34 / 203 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)

The Titans passing attack struggled mightily in what should have been a soft matchup against a Browns defense missing a couple of key pieces of their secondary. Marcus Mariota had another lackluster performance this season, failing to post any real fantasy-relevant numbers with neither a touchdown nor an interception, just over 200 passing yards, and only nine rushing yards as he continues to be limited with a hamstring injury. This was his first game of the season without either a rushing or passing touchdown. Mariota made some good throws throughout this game, but he rarely tried to throw downfield, taking mainly short / medium length opportunities. Mariota will look forward to the bye week as an opportunity to get healthy and prepare for the Ravens.

2017 Week 6 vs IND (23 / 32 / 306 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 0 / 0 rush)

Marcus Mariota was not his usual mobile self on Monday night, but he managed to lead the Titans to a big win over the Colts. This was Mariota's first 300+ yard game of the season as he passed for 306 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. The Titans moved the ball well throughout the game as they only had to punt one time, scoring on all but two of their possessions. The Titans' first drive stalled as Mariota overthrew Eric Decker followed by passing to triple-covered Delanie Walker, which was thankfully another overthrow. Mariota's second drive was much improved as he made a great 40-yard throw to Eric Decker, followed by an 18-yard pass to Demarco Murray while facing tough pressure in his face from the blitz. Mariota could not make the throws he needed to early in this game when the Titans were in Colts territory, leading to five straight field goals before the Titans put together three touchdowns in a row to close out the game. His interception came on his first pass of the second half as John Simon snatched the pass at the line of scrimmage and ran it back for a touchdown. Mariota's only touchdown pass was a beautiful deep ball to Taywan Taylor, hitting him for a 53-yard touchdown pass to take the lead in the fourth quarter when the game was tied.

2017 Week 4 vs HOU (6 / 10 / 96 / 0 / 2 pass, 4 / 39 / 2 rush)

Marcus Mariota was forced to leave Week 4's game against the Texans mid-way through the third quarter due to a hamstring injury he sustained on his second touchdown run. Before his injury, Mariota and the entire Titans offense struggled to get anything going against a Texans defense that was firing on all cylinders. Mariota threw an interception on the third play of the game to set the tone for what would be a very tough game all around. He had a couple of highlights with his legs here as he logged two rushing touchdowns from a total of 36 rushing yard. His first rushing touchdown came as Mariota read the defense well enough to know he should keep it and scamper out to the left side of the line. Mariota found an open hole and showed very nice burst as he accelerated past the entire Texans secondary on his way to a 34-yard touchdown. His second rushing touchdown was only for two yards, but Mariota again showed great acceleration as he beat the defender to the pylon. We later found out that Mariota suffered his hamstring injury on that play. He tried to play through it, but threw his second interception near the end of the second quarter while also playing poorly into the second half before being pulled for Matt Cassel.

2017 Week 3 vs SEA (20 / 32 / 225 / 2 / 0 pass, 7 / 27 / 0 rush)

Marcus Mariota had a rough start to this game with a number of sluggish plays and overthrows while leading his team to four consecutive three-and-outs. Emotions were running high in this game as Mariota took a late hit from Richard Sherman mid-way through the second quarter. This seemed to really fire up the Titans offense after halftime, as they led off with three straight touchdown drives. Mariota was using his legs well today as he rushed seven times for 24 yards. Mariota had what would have been a very impressive 14-yard touchdown scramble to lead off the second quarter, but it was called back due to a holding penalty. His first touchdown pass came on what was a simple wide receiver screen that Rishard Matthews turned made the absolute most of, zipping past multiple defenders for the 55-yard touchdown. Mariota's second touchdown came to wide open Jonnu Smith who lined up at fullback, completely fooling the Seahawks defense.

2017 Week 2 vs JAX (15 / 27 / 215 / 1 / 1 pass, 6 / 24 / 0 rush)

Marcus Mariota turned in another mediocre performance this week as he passed for only 215 yards and one touchdown with one interception. Mariota led only one drive over 50 yards in the first half as the Titans as a whole started slow. He had a few bad reads and overthrows mixed in with some solid passes throughout this half, but overall, his play was relatively sloppy to start. Mariota's interception came midway through the second quarter as Telvin Smith got a great jump on Mariota's short pass intended for Jonnu Smith. In the second half, Mariota looked much better as the Titans capitalized on some Jaguars mistakes to jump out to a quick lead, which then turned their offensive strategy into a more run-heavy approach. He threw a beautiful deep ball to rookie Taywan Taylor mid-way through the third quarter, leading him perfectly in stride with Taylor making the diving reception. That would be Mariota's longest pass of the day. Mariota only had nine pass attempts in the second half but completed six of them for 135 yards and a touchdown. His touchdown pass came on a screen to Jonnu Smith, who ran it 32 yards after the catch for the score.

2017 Week 1 vs OAK (25 / 41 / 256 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / 26 / 1 rush)

Marcus Mariota had a mediocre day on the stat sheet as he completed 25 of 41 pass attempts for 256 passing yards and no touchdowns. Mariota's first drive of the game was definitely his best, as he led the team 75 yards to their only touchdown of the game. Mariota looked poised in the pocket on this drive as he converted three third downs of eight or more yards thanks to plenty of time from his offensive line along with very impressive throws to Rishard Matthews and Corey Davis. Mariota also looked very impressive rushing as he tucked it away for a 10-yard rushing touchdown to cap off that drive. Outside of this first drive, things did not look great as the Titans offense really fizzled with Mariota taking much heavier pressure from the Raiders pass rush. He made some solid throws in the second half, but also made some very bad reads throwing into double coverage on multiple occasions. Next week, Mariota will have to visit a Jaguars defense that looked rock solid against the Texans this week.


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