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October 25, 2020 05:48 PM
Raiders' Marcus Mariota: Not ready for game action
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Mariota (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's matchup against the Buccaneers, Case Keefer of The Las Vegas Sun reports.

Mariota was designated to return from injured reserve Sept. 30 and subsequently activated from IR on Tuesday. Despite the progression he has made from a strained pectoral suffered in training camp, Mariota will remain sidelined for at least one more week. Behind starting quarterback Derek Carr, fourth-year man Nathan Peterman stands as the backup option against coach Jon Gruden's former team.

October 21, 2020 10:40 AM
Raiders' Marcus Mariota: Comes off IR
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Raiders activated Mariota (pectoral) from injured reserve Tuesday.

Mariota picked up a strained pectoral in the later stages of training camp and opened the season on IR. The Raiders opened his 21-day window to be activated to the active roster Sept. 30, so the team used the entire three weeks to ensure his health before bringing him back. Expect Mariota to serve as Derek Carr's backup moving forward.

September 30, 2020 05:36 PM
Raiders' Marcus Mariota: Designated to return
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Mariota (pectoral) participated in practice Wednesday, indicating the Raiders have designated him to return from IR.

Mariota could be active for Sunday's game against the Bills and serve as Derek Carr's backup. Carr has been a solid QB thus far with 7.8 yards per attempt while completing 74 percent of passes, so Mariota likely won't see any playing time unless Carr suffers an injury.

September 7, 2020 06:04 PM
Raiders' Marcus Mariota: Has pectoral strain
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mariota, who was placed on injured reserve Monday, is dealing with a strained pectoral, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

After tending to shoulder and ankle injuries in the offseason, Mariota was hindered by an unknown issue for the later stages of training camp. The Raiders "hope" that the time away from the field helps him heal and eventually handle backup QB duties behind Derek Carr, but those will be covered by Nathan Peterman for at least the rest of September

September 7, 2020 05:48 PM
Raiders' Marcus Mariota: Placed on IR
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Raiders placed Mariota (undisclosed) on injured reserve Monday, Vincent Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

The nature of Mariota's injury isn't known, but the issue isn't related to the shoulder and ankle concerns he dealt with during the offseason, according to coach Jon Gruden. With Mariota out for at least the first three games of the season, Nathan Peterman will serve as Derek Carr's backup.

September 9, 2020 12:48 AM
Raiders' Marcus Mariota: Still no practice reps
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Mariota (undisclosed) didn't practice Monday, Paul Gutierrez of reports.

Mariota dealt with shoulder and ankle woes during the offseason, but coach Jon Gruden has indicated the quarterback's current issue is unrelated, calling him day-to-day back on Aug. 26. Still, Mariota remains away from the field, leaving Nathan Peterman as the only reserve QB on the Raiders roster behind Derek Carr.

August 27, 2020 01:24 PM
Raiders' Marcus Mariota: Deemed day-to-day
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The Raiders are considering Mariota day-to-day with an unspecified injury, Paul Gutierrez of reports.

The report suggests his current issue isn't related to the ankle and shoulder injuries he dealt with during the offseason. Whatever the case, Mariota doesn't seem to be putting much pressure on Derek Carr, who will enter Week 1 with the starting job. Mariota could eventually make starts if Carr struggles and/or if the Raiders aren't competing for a playoff spot.

August 17, 2020 10:52 AM
Raiders' Marcus Mariota: Impressing Gruden in camp
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Mariota has been impressing Raiders coach Jon Gruden with his athleticism and mobility in training camp, as Gruden proclaimed last Friday that his new backup quarterback is "a dazzling playmaker with his feet," Paul Gutierrez of reports.

Gruden also mentioned that Mariota has overcome an ankle issue, allowing the former Titan to take off running when the pocket broke down in Friday's training camp session. Mariota doesn't pose much of a threat to starter Derek Carr heading into Week 1 of the regular season as the latter still has control of the offense, but the Raiders appear to be content with their offseason investment in Mariota at this point.

March 25, 2020 12:28 PM
Raiders' Marcus Mariota: Expecting backup role
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Mariota said Tuesday that he's ready to serve as Derek Carr's backup with the Raiders, Paul Gutierrez of reports. "First and foremost, this is Derek's team, and I understand that," Mariota said.

Mariota was awarded a two-year, $17.6 million contract with $7.5 million guaranteed last week, sparking rumors of a job battle between Carr and Mariota. The former Titan was quick to shoot down those rumors, but there's no way to spin it as a positive for Carr when his team brings in the highest-paid backup in the league. Carr may still have security for the Week 1 starting job, but he'll be looking over his shoulder if he struggles early in the season.

March 23, 2020 05:20 PM
Raiders' Marcus Mariota: Contract parameters outlined
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Mariota's deal with the Raiders is two years for $17.6 million, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

The report notes that $7.5 million in the first year of the contract is fully guaranteed, with incentives also included in the QB's agreement with the team. For now, Mariota slots in behind incumbent starter Derek Carr, but it's plausible that down the road, Mariota -- the No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft -- could make a run at the Raiders' top job, if Carr experiences any on-field struggles or suffers an injury.

March 16, 2020 10:20 PM
Titans' Marcus Mariota: Inks deal with Raiders
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Mariota and the Raiders agreed to terms on a contract Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Mariota becomes the first quarterback domino to fall in free agency, as the former Titan was brought in to push incumbent Derek Carr for the starting job. Mariota was looking for a fresh start after he was replaced by Ryan Tannehill in Week 7 of last season. Before the demotion, the 26-year-old completed 95 of 160 passes for 1,203 yards along with a 7:2 TD:INT across seven games. The Raiders' quarterback competition will be as intriguing as any in the league heading into the 2020 season.

January 25, 2020 02:28 PM
Titans' Marcus Mariota: Searching for fresh start
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Mariota passed for 1,203 yards, seven touchdowns and two interceptions across six games as the Titans' starter in 2019.

Mariota was benched after leading the team to a 2-4 record to begin the season. Though he avoided turnovers, he struggled to get the ball out in rhythm, taking 25 sacks in his short stint under center. Mariota is likely to hit the open market this offseason as his rookie contract has expired, and the team appears poised to commit to Ryan Tannehill as its starter in 2020. Though Mariota has disappointed relative to his status as the number two overall pick in the 2015 draft, he has shown flashes of promise and is still just 26 years old. He could sign with a quarterback needy team and immediately compete for a starting job.

October 15, 2019 09:40 PM
Titans' Marcus Mariota: Sent to bench
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Mariota will be replaced by Ryan Tannehill as the team's starting quarterback for Sunday's game against the Chargers, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

There were rumblings after Mariota was replaced by Tannehill late in Sunday's game that he could be heading for the bench, and coach Mike Vrabel confirmed that notion. Mariota played turnover-free football the first five games of the campaign, and completed 61.7 percent of passes during the Titans' 2-3 start. Things took a turn for the worst in Denver, when the former No. 2 overall pick completed just seven of 18 passes for 63 yards and two interceptions. Mariota had started 61 of 62 games for the Titans to this point in his career, but with the 25-year-old in the final year of his rookie contract, he could be looking for a new team at seasons end.

October 15, 2019 10:20 PM
Titans' Marcus Mariota: Starting run could be over
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Coach Mike Vrabel said that he'll decide later Monday or Tuesday on whether Mariota or Ryan Tannehill will start at quarterback Week 7 versus the Chargers, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

Mariota played turnover-free football for the first five games of the season but was only adequate from an efficiency standpoint during the Titans' 2-3 start, completing 61.7 percent of his throws for 7.9 yards per attempt. Things fell apart Sunday in Denver, however, as Mariota tossed two interceptions and completed only seven of 18 attempts for 63 yards before being pulled from the contest in the third quarter. Mariota's tenuous hold on the starting job may have been aided by Tannehill failing to produce any points on four drives and capping the day with an interception of his own, but Vrabel presumably will review the film before committing to a quarterback for Week 7. Neither player would shape up as an especially appealing option this week in fantasy leagues that start only one quarterback.

October 13, 2019 11:08 PM
Titans' Marcus Mariota: Replaced by Tannehill
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Mariota was replaced by Ryan Tannehill in the third quarter of Sunday's game against the Broncos, Erik Bacharach of The Tennessean reports.

Prior to being pulled from the contest, Mariota completed seven of 15 passes for 63 yards and two picks. Tannehill will now look to help bring the Titans back from a 13-0 deficit, and if he shows well, he could enter the Week 7 starting conversation.

October 6, 2019 10:36 PM
Titans' Marcus Mariota: Faces regular pressure in loss
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Mariota completed 13 of 22 passes for 183 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions in Week 5 against Buffalo. He also added five rushes for 13 yards.

Despite the return of Taylor Lewan (suspension), Mariota faced consistent pressure and was sacked five times. He did manage a 57-yard completion, though that came on a screenplay to Jonnu Smith with the entirety of the yardage coming after the catch. As has been the case for much of the season, the Titans appeared intent on limiting Mariota, as he now has under 30 pass attempts in four of five games. A big performance doesn't appear likely in Week 6 either, as he will head to Denver to take on the Broncos.

September 29, 2019 11:20 PM
Titans' Marcus Mariota: Three-touchdown performance
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Mariota completed 18 of 27 pass attempts for 227 yards and three touchdowns in Week 4 against Atlanta. He also added three rushes for 22 yards.

Mariota jumped out to a hot start, completing 14 of his 19 first-half pass attempts, accounting for all three of his touchdowns and 189 yards. He formed a particular connection with rookie wideout A.J. Brown, delivering touchdowns of 55 and 11 yards to him. With the Titans in command of the game throughout the second half, the team focused on running the ball, slowing Mariota's big performance. Still, his effort -- and the team's victory -- should keep him under center for the foreseeable future and ahead of Ryan Tannehill on the depth chart. Mariota will look to build on the performance in Week 5 against Buffalo.

September 20, 2019 01:28 PM
Titans' Marcus Mariota: Won't lose job yet
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Coach Mike Vrabel said Mariota isn't in danger of losing his starting job right now, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

The Titans are off to a 1-2 start, with Mariota taking 17 sacks and completing just 60.9 percent of his passes. Tennessee's offensive line may be part of the problem, but Mariota has shown a disturbing tendency to hold the ball for too long. His average time from snap to throw (2.97) is fourth-longest in the league, putting him on track for a second straight season leading the NFL in sack rate (15.6 percent this year, 11.3 percent in 2018). The Titans may consider a switch to Ryan Tannehill at quarterback if Mariota doesn't turn things around Week 4 in Atlanta.

September 20, 2019 12:56 AM
Titans' Marcus Mariota: Plenty of yardage in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mariota completed 23 of 40 passes for 304 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions in the Titans' 20-7 loss to the Jaguars on Thursday. He also rushed six times for 34 yards and fumbled once but recovered.

The final yardage numbers were certainly encouraging from a fantasy perspective, but Mariota couldn't parlay them into any trips to the end zone. The Titans' one touchdown came on a Derrick Henry one-yard run in the fourth quarter, while the majority of Tennessee's other drives were halted and unproductive for the most part, thanks in large part to the nine sacks the Jaguars managed versus the fifth-year quarterback. Mariota did author a 12-play, 81-yard march late in the game, but that possession ended with a 22-yard completion to Adam Humphries as time expired. Mariota displayed encouraging chemistry with the possession receiver by connecting with him on six occasions for 93 yards. Nevertheless, the Titans are now 1-2 after an encouraging start versus the Browns in the opener and will have 10 days to contemplate their fate before a Week 4 interconference clash with the Falcons a week from Sunday.

September 18, 2019 05:20 PM
Titans' Marcus Mariota: Cleared to play Thursday
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Mariota (quad) does not carry an injury designation for Thursday's game against the Jaguars, Turron Davenport of reports.

Through the Titans' first two games, Mariota has achieved a degree of fantasy utility by recording 402 passing yards and a 4:0 TD:INT ratio to go along with eight carries for 56 yards. He'll take aim Thursday at a Jacksonville defense that allowed 40 points to the Chiefs in Week 1 but tightened up this past Sunday in a 13-12 loss to the Texans.

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