Mariota completed 15 of 27 passes for 215 yards with a touchdown and an interception while adding 24 rushing yards on six attempts in Sunday's 37-16 shellacking of the Jaguars. Mariota still doesn't have a red-zone interception in his career, but he did get picked off from the Jacksonville 24-yard line as part of a slow-moving first half in which he threw for only 80 yards while failing to lead a touchdown drive. Tennessee's offense as a whole picked things up with 31 second-half points, though three of the team's four touchdowns came on the ground. Still, Mariota looks like he's starting to get in sync with his new receiving weapons and isn't afraid to make plays with his legs despite suffering a broken fibula late last season. Things should pick up for him as this campaign moves along.
Mariota completed 25 of 41 passes for 256 yards while adding three rushes for 26 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 26-16 Week 1 loss to the Raiders. Mariota found pay dirt on a 10-yard scramble in the first quarter, but failed to lead his team back into the end zone the rest of the way. It was surprising to see the third-year quarterback fail to throw a touchdown in 41 passing attempts after posting a 26:9 touchdown to interception ratio last year, especially with rookie wide receiver Corey Davis serving as another receiving weapon alongside Rishard Matthews and tight end Delanie Walker. Things don't get any easier next week in a road tilt with a Jaguars defense that logged 10 sacks and held Houston under 200 passing yards in its opener.
Head coach Mike Mularkey said Mariota and the rest of the starters will "play a series or two" in Thursday's preseason finale against the Chiefs, Jason Wolf of The Tennessean reports. This may come as a surprise to some, as established starters don't often take part in the preseason finale. However, the Titans offense as a whole didn't fare well in last weekend's dress rehearsal, so Mularkey might simply be wanting to get them a little more polishing in advance of Week 1. Look for Matt Cassel to take over once Mariota is retired for the day.
Mariota completed 12 of 21 passes for 193 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's preseason game against the Bears. He also rushed twice for 12 yards. Mariota played the entirety of three quarters Sunday before his final snap resulted in a three-yard touchdown pass to Derrick Henry on the first play of the fourth quarter. Although the Titans managed just seven points with Mariota at the helm, he completed five passes of over 20 yards, including a 48-yard play to rookie Taywan Taylor. On the back of that showing, Mariota should feel good heading into the final week of the preseason, when it wouldn't be surprising if he's held out versus the Chiefs.
Mariota is expected to play at least the first half of the Titans' third preseason game against the Bears, Jim Wyatt of the team's official site reports. After attempting 11 passes through the first two games of the preseason, Mariota should at least match that total against the Bears since the third exhibition is typically regarded as a dress rehearsal for the regular season. While the signal caller could be without two of his top pass catchers in Corey Davis (hamstring) and Eric Decker (ankle), he'll still have his most trusted targets from a season ago (Rishard Matthews, Delanie Walker), not to mention explosive rookies Taywan Taylor and Jonnu Smith.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|15||12/17||@San Francisco 49ers||27||20.67|
|16||12/24||Los Angeles Rams||13||16.00|
|3 Year Avg||61.6||3122||22||10||300||2||294|