Marcus Mariota

#8 QB / Tennessee Titans / EXP: 3YRS Height: 6-4 Weight: 222 lb Age: 24 College: Oregon Bye 8

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  • 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. 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 bounceback 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.

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  • 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. 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.

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  • Mariota (knee) was a full participant at Wednesday's practice, but his hamstring injury 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 Paul Kuharsky of PaulKuharsky.com. Mariota finds himself on the injury report ahead of the Titans' Week 15 game in San Francisco with a minor injury in the same left knee that he has worn a brace on ever since suffering the second MCL injury of his playing career in 2015 (the first occurred in 2013, while he was still in college). Though it doesn't seem that any of these lingering leg injuries pose 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 or ankle, it probably won't have a major impact on his offseason preparation, assuming he's able to go under the knife shortly after the season. The Titans enter Week 15 positioned for a playoff spot, but their recent form doesn't exactly hint at a deep run.

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  • 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. 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.

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  • Mariota played through a knee injury in Sunday's 12-7 loss to the Cardinals, Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com reports. While he didn't miss any snaps, Mariota did struggle through arguably his worst performance of the season, completing 16 of 31 passes for 159 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions. He added only two carries for 11 yards, though the disappointing lack of rushing production isn't exactly a new development. Head coach Mike Mularkey's postgame comments didn't give much reason to think Mariota will be in danger of missing Week 15 in San Francisco. The quarterback does figure to show up on the injury report during the upcoming week.

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