"Explosive" isn't a word we tend to hear associated with QBs. But it's how Titans insider Jim Wyatt described QB Marcus Mariota in this week's OTAs. "It’s already clear he has his wheels back," Wyatt wrote. "He opened it up one day this week, and he was really moving." Mariota has averaged 304 yards and 3 TDs on the ground through his first 3 NFL seasons. But there's upside for more. He topped 700 rushing yards in all 3 years at Oregon and totaled 29 TDs. Mariota clocked a 4.52-second 40 time at the Combine and registered a 96th percentile SPARQ score. We're hoping new OC Matt LaFleur fully unleashes Mariota's rushing ability in 2018.
The Titans selected Washington State QB Luke Falk in the 6th round. Falk’s stock took a hit after a relatively disappointing 2017 season, completing 66.9% of his passes for 3,539 yards and 30 TDs. Those marks were all down from his averages of 69.7% completions, 4,515 yards and 38 TDs across the previous 2 years. Falk is coming from HC Mike Leach’s “Air Raid” offense and will need to adjust to a more pro-style scheme. But he does have the size and arm talent to have a shot to develop into an NFL starter. He’ll open his career competing for backup duties with Blaine Gabbert behind Marcus Mariota.
The Titans have named Matt LaFleur their new OC. LaFleur was the Rams OC this past season, although HC Sean McVay called the plays. Prior to that, LaFleur spent 7 seasons working under then-OC Kyle Shanahan in Houston, Washington and Atlanta. If LaFleur brings Shanahan's and McVay's creativity to Tennessee, it'll be excellent news for QB Marcus Mariota and the Titans' skill-position guys.
The Titans and HC Mike Mularkey have "mutually agreed to part ways," a source tells ESPN's Field Yates. It's a shocker after reports as recent as yesterday that Mularkey would receive a contract extension. He took his squad to the 2nd round of the playoffs this year -- but Tennessee's season still felt disappointing in a lot of ways. Most notable was the gigantic step back QB Marcus Mariota took, tossing 13 TDs and 15 INTs. The Titans also stuck with DeMarco Murray as their lead back for far too long. Let's hope Tennessee brings in a coaching staff with more offensive creativity.
Titans QB Marcus Mariota (knee) isn’t listed on the final Week 15 injury report. He hurt his knee early in last week’s game and has also been playing through hamstring and ankle injuries, HC Mike Mularkey said earlier this week. The injuries have probably at least played a part in his disappointing season. Even in Sunday’s plus matchup against the 49ers, Mariota is just a mid-range QB2.
Titans QB Marcus Mariota was a full-go in Wednesday's practice. He injured his knee early in last week's loss to the Cardinals and is dealing with lingering hamstring and ankle injuries, according to HC Mike Mularkey. None of the ailments will keep Mariota from playing against the 49ers this weekend, but they do make him a shaky fantasy option.
Titans writer Paul Kuharsky reports that QB Marcus Mariota is still dealing with the hamstring injury that he suffered earlier this season, which is complicated by lingering effects from last year's leg fracture. Mariota reportedly might need a "clean-up" procedure on that right ankle after the season. All of this followed word from HC Mike Mularkey that Mariota played through a knee injury in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals. All the leg issues certainly make it easier to understand Mariota's statistical struggles. He'll carry upside into this weekend's matchup with the Niners, but the health questions keep him out of fantasy-starter territory.
Titans QB Marcus Mariota played through a knee injury that he suffered early in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals, HC Mike Mularkey said afterward. It'll be a situation to monitor this coming week, but Mariota should be available for next Sunday's game against the 49ers. He'll be tough to like in fantasy lineups, though, after bombing again today. Mariota has totaled just 493 passing yards and 2 TDs over his last 3 games.
Titans QB Marcus Mariota (hamstring) is active for tonight's game against the Colts. There's risk of an in-game setback, and Mariota's rushing ability figures to be limited. But there's also plenty of passing upside here vs. an Indy defense that's allowing 308 yards per game.
Titans writer Paul Kuharsky reports that QB Marcus Mariota will play Monday night against the Colts. That makes him worth waiting for if you're deciding between the Titans QB and 1 of the passers from today's late games. Jacoby Brissett remains ultimate insurance where he's available.
Titans QB Marcus Mariota (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Monday night's game against the Colts after a limited week of practice. We're hoping to get an update on his status on Sunday morning, but he might be a game-time decision. Stay tuned.
Update: ESPN's Cameron Wolfe says the decision "will likely linger until game day for the second consecutive week." That would be no good for fantasy owners, obviously, unless you have Jacoby Brissett as insurance. We'll see if anything else comes out before today's games.
Titans HC Mike Mularkey said Friday that he's "hopeful" QB Marcus Mariota (hamstring) will be able to play against the Colts on Monday night. Mariota was limited again in Friday's practice. “It is going to come down to a lot of things," Mularkey added. "We have a full speed practice tomorrow, a walk-through and all that rest. It might be a game-time decision. Can he play and not risk himself further injury? That’s the biggest thing.” Check back tomorrow for another update.
Titans QB Marcus Mariota said Wednesday that his injured hamstring feels "a lot better." He did more in practice on Wednesday than he did last week, but he still wasn't a full-go. "As the days go on, hopefully I’ll feel better and better," Mariota said. "It is just taking it one day at a time and hopefully I’ll be able to go. Hopefully towards the end of the week I’ll get more on my plate and hopefully I’ll feel comfortable to try and play on Monday.” We'll continue to track Mariota's progress and hope to have a good idea about his status by Sunday morning.
Titans QB Marcus Mariota (hamstring) is inactive for Sunday’s game against the Dolphins. QB Matt Cassel gets the start. He’s not a fantasy option and is a significant downgrade for Tennessee’s pass-catchers. Expect a run-heavy attack.
Titans QB Marcus Mariota is not expected to play today, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Mariota entered the day as a game-time decision, but expect Matt Cassel to replace him against the Dolphins. The downgrade from Mariota to Cassel obviously hurts the other Tennessee passing game pieces in fantasy, but it's a good enough matchup that you shouldn't ignore them completely. The QB situation should have the offense leaning even more on its backfield, which gives RB Derrick Henry a bit more upside than usual.
Titans HC Mike Mularkey on Friday labeled QB Marcus Mariota (hamstring) a game-time decision for Sunday's tilt vs. the Dolphins. He put in 3 limited practices this week and is listed as questionable. We'll find out his official status by noon ET on Sunday. If active, Mariota will have both a lower floor and ceiling at less than 100%. But the plus matchup would keep him in the QB1 discussion.
Titans HC Mike Mularkey said QB Marcus Mariota (hamstring) did "a little more" in Thursday's practice. He'll be listed as limited again. Mariota is trending toward a "questionable" tag and could end up as a game-time decision. The good news is that Titans-Dolphins kicks off at 1 pm ET on Sunday. Check back tomorrow for another update.
Titans QB Marcus Mariota (hamstring) put in a limited practice on Wednesday. The fact that he did anything so early in the week is encouraging. We'll continue to track Mariota's status leading up to Sunday's game against the Dolphins.
Titans QB Marcus Mariota is considered "day-to-day" with his hamstring injury, HC Mike Mularkey said Monday. He compared the injury to the one DeMarco Murray was able to play through last week. So it sounds like Mariota escaped with a minor injury. But hamstrings can be tricky, especially for a QB who relies on his legs. We'll keep a close eye on Mariota this week. If healthy, he'll be a strong fantasy play vs. Miami.
Titans QB Marcus Mariota injured his hamstring in the 3rd quarter of Sunday's game in Houston. He's officially questionable to return. QB Matt Cassel is in the game for Tennessee.
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