Mariani recorded a 15-yard carry Sunday against Houston. Mariani's only offensive touch of the season came in the season finale. The return specialist finishes with 560 kickoff return yards and 235 punt return yards without a touchdown. He made the Pro Bowl back in 2010, but may not be back with the Titans next year after this pedestrian campaign.
Mariani agreed to a contract Monday with the Titans. The Titans have plenty of familiarity with Mariani, who was a seventh-round pick of the franchise in 2010 and made the Pro Bowl during his rookie season as a return specialist. The Bears decided to cut Mariani after training camp and go with another direction in the return game, but the Titans evidently believe the 29-year-old still has some game-breaking ability. Tennessee released receiver Tre McBride to make roster room for Mariani, who in addition to taking over as the team's primary kickoff returner, figures to be deployed occasionally in four- or five-wideout sets.
Mariani has been released by the Bears, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports. Mariani had plenty of opportunity to impress the coaching staff as a slot receiver with Eddie Royal (concussion) missing all four preseason games, but failed to do so. He'll try to find work elsewhere as a kick returner.
Mariani caught one of his two pass targets for eight yards Saturday against the Chiefs. Mariani caught his only pass on the first play of the game, as he was manning the slot for Eddie Royal (concussion) who was inactive. He'll need Royal to miss regular season time to see enough targets to be useful for most fantasy teams.
Mariani caught one pass for three yards Thursday against the Patriots. With Eddie Royal sitting out the contest with a concussion, Mariani saw time on the field as a slot receiver with the starting offense. He caught his only target on a short slant route and was immediately tackled. He'll need the Bears to suffer significant injuries at wide receiver to be in position to see many pass targets this season.
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