QB Marcus Mariota - Tennessee Titans
|6-4, 222||Born: 10-30-1993||College: Oregon||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2|
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Recent Game Summaries
2016 Week 16 vs JAX (8 / 20 / 99 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 3 / 0 rush)
Marcus Mariota had to be carted off the field at the end of the third quarter with what we now know was a fractured right fibula / ankle. This injury will end the year for Mariota, as he will have surgery this week and be on a 4-5 month recovery timeline--planning to return in time for next season's OTA's. Prior to the injury, Mariota was having a very quiet day completing less than 50% of his passes for 99 yards and one passing touchdown to Rishard Matthews near the goal line. Mariota will go into the 2017 season as a clear top-12 fantasy quarterback option based on his huge step forward taken this year.
2016 Week 15 vs KC (19 / 33 / 241 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / -2 / 0 rush)
Marcus Mariota had another quiet fantasy day as this game did not feature much offense by either team. Mariota did make some big plays, starting with a nice 35-yard pass to Rishard Matthews that would have been close to a touchdown had Matthews not fumbled at the goal line. Mariota led a very solid drive near the end of the 4th quarter to set the Titans up for their second touchdown to bring the game within one point. This drive was kept alive by a few solid passes across the middle to Delanie Walker to convert third downs, followed by a big fourth down conversion coming on a perfect back shoulder throw into one-on-one coverage to Demarco Murray. Mariota did lose a fumble and throw an interception in this contest--his first turnovers since Week 9. Mariota's interception midway through the third quarter actually came on a good throw, but was forced by a very impressive play by Ron Parker to make a one-handed grab in front of intended target Delanie Walker.
2016 Week 14 vs DEN (6 / 20 / 88 / 0 / 0 pass, 8 / 38 / 0 rush)
As was to be expected against an elite Broncos secondary, Marcus Mariota had a very rough fantasy day. This outing was the worst of his career as he only managed to complete 30% of his passes for below 100 yards and no touchdowns--breaking his streak of multi-touchdown outings. While Mariota played well with what he could, the overall game script here warranted a much more run-heavy approach since that is where to attack the Broncos defense. Mariota did have one passing touchdown that was called back due to an offensive pass interference penalty, but even that would not have salvaged his day from a fantasy perspective. He looked very good using his legs throughout this game, particularly on a few read options in the first quarter where he ran for 10+ yards to convert for key first downs. Mariota has another tough matchup next week heading into Kansas City.
2016 Week 12 vs CHI (15 / 23 / 226 / 2 / 0 pass, 4 / 46 / 0 rush)
Marcus Mariota continues to put up consistent fantasy numbers as he threw for at least two touchdowns yet again this week, despite passing for only 226 yards (lowest since Week 5). Mariota looked very good early in this game as he completed his first seven pass attempts with both passing touchdowns coming in the first half. Mariota's first touchdown was a four yard strike to Delanie Walker, set up by excellent pass blocking so Mariota had more than enough time for Walker's route to evolve. Mariota's second score came late in the first half as he placed a deep ball from 29-yards out right in the back of the end zone for Rishard Matthews to make a diving touchdown catch. Mariota added some flare with his legs in this game also, with one of his better rushing performances fueled by an explosive 29-yard run midway through the third quarter. Mariota made a great read on the run fake option and showed solid acceleration and top speed to get that far downfield before being stopped only a few yards short of the end zone.
2016 Week 11 vs IND (25 / 38 / 290 / 2 / 0 pass, 5 / 29 / 0 rush)
Marcus Mariota increased his streak of multi-touchdown games to seven in the losing effort against the Colts. Mariota put up decent fantasy numbers in this outing despite a slow start in which the Titans punted on their first four possessions. Penalties and excellent pressure by the Colts put Mariota in some tough long-yardage situations throughout the first half until he could finally find a groove on the final drive of the half. This last drive of the first half went for 68 yards, fueled by a number of big throws by Mariota, including three 15+ yard strikes to three different receivers. The drive was capped off by Mariota making a very impressive move to avoid the sack and make a well timed throw across the middle for three yards to Demarco Murray for his first touchdown of the game. Mariota's second touchdown pass game early in the second half when he executed a near-perfect play action fake that fooled the secondary just enough for Tajae Sharpe to get behind them for Mariota to his him in stride in the back of the end zone for the 34-yard touchdown. Mariota mixed in some nice plays with his legs to rush for 29 yards, but was also dropped in the backfield five times as his offensive line did not pass protect as well as usual here. Despite the loss, Mariota remains hot and should be a solid option next week against the Bears.
2016 Week 10 vs GB (19 / 26 / 295 / 4 / 0 pass, 4 / 8 / 0 rush)
Marcus Mariota had another very solid outing as he led the Titans to a rout of the Green Bay Packers. This game marked the fourth time in the past seven games that Mariota has thrown for three or more touchdowns. Mariota nearly made it through the entire first half without throwing an incompletion, starting the game 10/10 for 196 yards and two touchdowns until his first miss with around two minutes left in the half. Mariota's first passing touchdown came at the end of the first quarter as he found a wide open Anthony Fasano on a nice labb in the corner of the end zone from nine yards out. His next touchdown was mid-way through the second quarter on a 32-yard deep ball that found Rishard Matthews in stride in the end zone. Mariota's third touchdown was to Kendall Wright from six yards out as the two hooked up on a bootleg to the right with Wright following Mariota's roll. Mariota's fourth and final passing touchdown came as a result of blown coverage as the cornerback was expecting receiver Tajae Sharpe to stop, but Sharpe kept going full speed finding himself wide open for Mariota's longest touchdown pass of the day for 33 yards. Had the Titans not jumped out to the early 21-0 lead, Mariota's day could have been even more massive than it was.
2016 Week 9 vs SD (27 / 43 / 313 / 3 / 2 pass, 3 / 14 / 1 rush)
Marcus Mariota had a very impressive day on the fantasy score sheet as he accounted for four total touchdowns (3 passing, 1 rushing), exceeding 300 passing yards for the first time this season. Mariota's first passing touchdown came from 16 yards out on a throw across the middle to Rishard Matthews. His second passing touchdown came on the heels of a well executed 75-yard drive with 2 minutes remaining in the half as Mariota found Rishard Matthews for a second time in the corner of the end zone on an easy throw as Matthews beat the coverage. Mariota's rushing touchdown may have been his most impressive of the season as put his body on the line after a 14-yard scramble by diving for the pylon, barely clipping it for the touchdown. Mariota's final touchdown came near the end of the game while the Chargers were playing prevent defense as they allowed the Titans to cap an 80-yard drive with Mariota finding Delanie Walker from 8 yards out on a very well-executed throw in between defenders. The window in which he found Walker was extremely tight, but Mariota put some strength behind the throw to zoom it in between defenders with perfect timing. With all of Mariota's success, he still could not overcome the big mistakes that have plagued his season. Mariota showed poor ball security for the 7th time this season as he fumbled on a scramble that resulted in the Raiders returning the recovery for a 36-yard touchdown. Then, on the Titans drive to try and tie the game late in the 4th, Mariota sailed a ball that should have been thrown much harder, resulting in an interception returned for the go-ahead touchdown that would ultimately seal the Titans fate.
2016 Week 8 vs JAX (18 / 22 / 270 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / 11 / 0 rush)
Marcus Mariota had one of the best games of his career Thursday night as he completed 81.8% of his passes in a contest that got out of hand quickly. Mariota led on five straight 50+ yard scoring drives in the first half, including a 90-yard three minute drill resulting in a field goal to close the first half. Mariota threw for two touchdowns on the day, the first of which came on a perfectly thrown deep ball to Kendall Wright from 36 yards out to open the 2nd quarter. Mariota would have had a 44-yard touchdown to Phillip Supernaw later in the 2nd quarter, but after replay, the officials ruled Supernaw out of bounds 14 yards short of the end zone. Mariota's second touchdown was from four yards out to Rishard Matthews on a simple crossing route on which Mariota had great timing on the throw in between defenders. Mariota's overall stat line could have been much better had he not been so efficient in the first half with the Titans jumping out to the 27-0 lead. Mariota also was not nearly as involved rushing the ball as he only had 11 yards, but again, he really did not have to considering how great he was from the pocket in this game.
2016 Week 7 vs IND (22 / 37 / 232 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 14 / 0 rush)
Marcus Mariota's performance this week was very rough around the edges as his mistakes yet again played a critical part in the Titans's loss. While his stat line looks acceptable with a couple of touchdowns to zero interceptions, a critical fumble returned by the Colts for a touchdown late in the game prevented the Titans from a comeback opportunity. Mariota started the game strong as he led a 70-yard opening drive that resulted with his first touchdown pass to offensive tackle Taylor Lewan on a designed play for Lewan 10 yards away from the goal line. Mariota ended the first half strong also as he dinked and dunked down the field with short passes for an 80-yard touchdown drive. Mariota's next touchdown pass came on the second drive of the 3rd quarter as he found Delanie Walker wide open in the middle of the end zone for the 7-yard touchdown pass. This touchdown did not come easily though as Mariota struggled to hold on to the ball that drive--he threw a bad interception in Tennessee territory that was called back on a penalty. A few plays later, Mariota then fumbled after receiving the snap but managed to jump on it for the recovery.
2016 Week 6 vs CLE (17 / 24 / 284 / 3 / 1 pass, 7 / 64 / 0 rush)
Marcus Mariota got off to a fast start in this game and never slowed down as he led his team to another victory on the heels of a great fantasy performance. All season long, it seems that the success of the Titans has been directly linked to the play of Mariota, and Mariota usually does well when he gets his legs involved in the game. The Titans coaching staff is finally beginning to realize this, as the very first play of the game was a designed quarterback run that Mariota exploded for 41 yards down the left sideline. Mariota capped the 75-yard opening drive with an 11-yard touchdown pass to Rishard Matthews. Mariota's next big play came early in the 2nd quarter when he threw an impressive deep ball to Kendall Wright for a diving catch resulting in a 48-yard touchdown. Mariota was not hesitant with the deep ball here as he hit Rishard Matthews on another long pass 43 yards to set up the Titans third touchdown. Mariota's third passing touchdown came in the 4th quarter on the heels of the Titans' longest drive of the game as he floated a great pass to Anthony Fasano who was crossing the middle of the field and muscled it in for the 15-yard touchdown.
2016 Week 5 vs MIA (20 / 29 / 163 / 3 / 0 pass, 7 / 60 / 1 rush)
Marcus Mariota had his best game of the season and finished as the top scoring fantasy quarterback among Thurs / Sun afternoon games as he had a hand in all four of the Titans touchdowns. The Titans really moved the ball at will throughout this game as things were clicking both on the ground and through the air. Mariota's first touchdown (rushing) came on a designed quarterback run to the right from five yards out. Mariota's next and first passing touchdown was to Andre Johnson on a ball that Mariota floated perfectly over the defense from five yards out. His second passing touchdown came on the heels of a 2-minute drill to close out the first half. Mariota had a nice 22-yard run to set up field position, but made a rather costly mistake of sliding instead of going out of bounds. The 20-yard touchdown pass was very well-thrown to Delanie Walker who executed his route to perfection. Mariota's third and final touchdown pass came mid-way through the 4th quarter as Mariota threw a floater off his back foot to the corner of the end zone for Rishard Matthews to make the catch diving backwards.
2016 Week 4 vs HOU (13 / 29 / 202 / 0 / 1 pass, 4 / 20 / 0 rush)
Bright spots for Mariota in this game were few and far between as he turned in yet another forgettable performance. Mariota has now thrown at least one interception in every game this season while failing to find the end zone for two weeks in a row. His offensive line actually played well in this game, aided by the absence of J.J. Watt for the Texans, yet Mariota continues to make poor decisions with the ball. Mariota's mistakes came more often on later downs as he was dealing with pressure, with his biggest mistake being a very sloppy interception on a throw towards Delanie Walker with Walker not even looking. Mariota did throw a very impressive deep ball to Rishard Matthews for 60-yards early in the first half, but aside from that, he will have plenty to think on going into next week at Miami. Mariota is untouchable right now for fantasy purposes.
2016 Week 3 vs OAK (17 / 33 / 214 / 0 / 2 pass, 3 / 22 / 0 rush)
This was quite the forgettable outing for Marcus Mariota. In one of his worst fantasy performances ever, Mariota failed to find the end zone while turning the ball over three times. The 1st interception was actually a good throw where the defender simply wrestled the ball away. The 2nd interception was a poor throw placed behind target Rishard Matthews. Mariota nearly threw a third interception when he lobbed the ball up to tight end Jace Amaro, but Amaro was so wide open that he was able to catch the ball as it fell to him as if it were a punt. Had Mariota put more behind that ball, Amaro would have been in the end zone for an easy touchdown. Near the end of the game, Mariota actually threw a good pass to Andre Johnson for what would have been an 18-yard touchdown, but it was called back due to Johnson pushing off. Overall, it was a very rough outing that disappointed both his team and fantasy owners.
2016 Week 2 vs DET (25 / 33 / 238 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 11 / 0 rush)
Marcus Mariota finished this game with a very similar statline as last week, but a very different result as he made far less costly mistakes to ultimately leave his team to victory. Mariota had a slow start to this game, held to only 81 passing yards in the first half largely due to very poor offensive line play combined with great coverage by the Lions. Mariota had a number of failed 3rd down conversions where he was forced to attempt a play with his legs due to his offensive line getting dominated off the ball. Before starting to heat up in the 4th quarter, Mariota under-threw a deep ball to Rishard Matthews that resulted in a costly interception. Mariota's first passing touchdown came at the start of the 4th quarter as he found Delanie walker on a long ball from 30 yards out. This was an extremely well-executed throw as Mariota stepped up in the pocket to throw a strike just over Walker's head into his hands to hit him full stride into the end zone. Mariota's 2nd touchdown was even more impressive as it capped off a 93-yard drive that would ultimately win the game for the Titans. This touchdown went to Andre Johnson from 9 yards out with a ball lofted perfectly between 3 defenders in the back of the endzone. It was encouraging to see Mariota bounce back from the rough first half and lead his team to victory with some excellent plays and decision-making in late game situations that matter most, but he will need to do more with his legs to become more relevant from a fantasy perspective.
2016 Week 1 vs MIN (25 / 41 / 271 / 2 / 1 pass, 4 / 19 / 0 rush)
If only NFL games were only 30 minutes long... Marcus Mariota played very well in the first half, leading the Titans down the field for a couple of scoring drives while making great decisions both passing and running the ball. The Titans passed the ball much more than expected here with only 22 rushes to 41 pass attempts. Mariota's continued connection with Tajae Sharpe was also very encouraging to see, as they obviously have some solid chemistry. Mariota's usage of his legs came in key spots as well, much more impactful than his 19 rushing yards would seem. However, once the second half rolled around, Marcus Mariota seemed to turn into an entirely different quarterback. It started with Mariota throwing a very ill-advised pass under pressure that resulted in an interception returned to the house for a touchdown. Two possessions later, Mariota had an ugly miscommunication with Demarco Murray on the zone read that resulted in a fumbled handoff that was also scooped up and returned for a touchdown. It was really these 2 mistakes that changed the entire landscape of the game for the Titans. Mariota did get lucky on a penalty in the 4th quarter that called back what would have been ins 2nd interception of the game. We would expect a bounce back next week against a weaker Lions defense.
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