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Marcus Mariota | Raiders QB

Date of Birth:  10/30/1993
Age:  27
Height  6'4"
Weight:   222
College:  Oregon
Drafted:  2015 | Round 1 | Pick 2
Depth Chart:  Starter

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Marcus Mariota | Raiders QB

Marcus Mariota (quad) was activated from injured reserve.

Mariota is back after being out since his quad injury suffered in Week 1. Keep an eye on the dual threat quarterback as a potential trade target as the deadline approaches. Mariota was unfortunately affected by just about any player after the Jon Gruden resignation, as he joined the Raiders last year and stayed with them again in 2021 largely to work with Gruden.

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The Raiders have designated Marcus Mariota (quad) to return from injured reserve.

Mariota could return as early as this week, and Las Vegas should again use him as a spark with designed plays whenever he’s back. The former No. 2 overall pick unfortunately won’t be developing under Jon Gruden anymore, but he will still be a candidate to get a starting job in 2022.

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The Raiders have placed Marcus Mariota (quad) on injured reserve, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

This was expected, and Nathan Peterman will now step in as Derek Carr’s backup for a few weeks. Mariota could again see action as a change-up at quarterback with some designed plays when he returns.

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Marcus Mariota (quad) is expected to miss multiple weeks.

You could see Mariota injured himself a bit at the end of his 31-yard zone-read run on Monday night against the Ravens, and unfortunately he's set to miss more time with an aggravation of his quad issue. It looked like the Raiders were going to use Mariota more on zone-reads like the one that gashed Baltimore, so look for that again when the dual threat quarterback gets back to 100%.

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Marcus Mariota will remain with the Raiders in 2021.

Somewhat surprisingly, Mariota conceded to the Raiders' request that he take a massive paycut down to $3.5 million. With incentives, Mariota can make up to $8 million on his restructured deal, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Mariota likely would have found a starting job if he was released ahead of free agency, but the quarterback jobs filled up pretty quickly, likely leaving him with limited options if he was to decline the paycut and get released. Instead, Mariota will get another year to learn under Jon Gruden before hitting free agency as an intriguing 28-year-old quarterback with playoff experience in 2022. Last season in his lone appearance on a Thursday Night Football game against the Chargers, Mariota showed the ability that made him the second overall pick back in 2015. Derek Carr is firmly entrenched as Las Vegas' starting quarterback, but the Raiders have a great backup option to turn to if things go south for whatever reason this season.

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The Raiders have asked Marcus Mariota to take a pay cut.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says the Raiders have asked Mariota to take a pay cut all the way down to $3 million and that the team will move on if he declines. While Mariota may want to stay in Las Vegas to continue learning from Jon Gruden, we fully expect he will decline this relatively disrespectful paycut request considering his ability and the way he played in his lone appearance last season. The Raiders might end up trading Mariota, but waiting this long didn't really do the quarterback any favors as he looks to potentially land a starting job for 2021.

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Marcus Mariota has been designated to return off injured reserve.

This was fully expected. Mariota will soon backup Derek Carr, and the former No. 2 overall pick certainly has the ability to give a spark off the bench for Jon Gruden's squad. That said, Carr is off to a very strong start to the season for Vegas.

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Marcus Mariota (pectoral) is practicing for the Raiders.

Raiders head coach Jon Gruden has said Mariota made great progress in his recovery from a "freak injury" suffered during the summer, and this move activates a 21-day window in which Mariota must be taken off injured reserve (if not, he will spend the rest of the season there). It's just a matter of when Mariota is activated to the 53-man roster, and from there it would not be a surprise if he eventually takes over for Derek Carr if Gruden isn't happy with the performance of the offense. The former No. 2 overall pick is a major wild-card that could provide a spark for Vegas if called upon.

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The Raiders have placed Marcus Mariota (pectoral) on IR.

Mariota will miss at least the first three weeks of the season, but hopefully he can get healthy to backup Derek Carr by Week 4. The former No. 2 overall pick is worth a stash in superflex leagues.

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Marcus Mariota is set to sign with the Raiders, according to NFL Network.

We have long believed it would be the Raiders or the Patriots that would grab the former No. 2 overall pick as an unrestricted free agent, and it’s Las Vegas that appears set to get a deal done for the dual threat quarterback. Jon Gruden was about as high as you can be about a prospect when Mariota entered the draft in 2015, comparing the former Oregon Duck to a six-foot-four Russell Wilson, and then-NFL Network analyst and current Raiders general manager Mike Mayock had Mariota rated as his No. 1 quarterback in the class over media-favorite Jameis Winston. Derek Carr remains in the mix for now, but Mariota is an extremely intriguing starting option for the Raiders, as he has a handful of years of starting experience in the NFL and owns a postseason win at Arrowhead—and he’s still just 26 years old. Also, the former Heisman Trophy winner has an all-around skillset that arguably was not utilized properly in Tennessee. In dynasty leagues, Mariota’s arrow is shooting way up, and it will be interesting to see what Gruden’s offense looks like if Mariota does indeed take over as the starter.

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The Titans have benched Marcus Mariota.

Ryan Tannehill is going into the game for the Titans. While Mike Vrabel is probably looking for some type of spark for his offense, this current offensive performance has clearly not been on Mariota. Tennessee is not running the ball well against Denver, and the quarterback is rarely getting time to throw—and when Mariota has had time to throw, there has not been anyone open down the field. This could (or should) just be a temporary thing, but there's a chance Mariota doesn't start again for the Titans despite his success in helping make the franchise a respectable team over the last handful of years.

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Marcus Mariota (quad) was officially a full participant in today's practice.

Mariota was listed a non-participant yesterday (as a projection, as the Titans did not actually practice), but there's no concern for his status on Thursday night after a full practice today. The dual threat quarterback might not be quite at 100%, but he'll be out there against the Jaguars. Mariota is just on the QB2 radar for Week 3.

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Marcus Mariota (quad) did not practice today.

The injury report is just a projection because the Titans didn't actually practice today, but this is undoubtedly a concern with Tennessee playing on a short week. Mariota won't be a highly recommended play if he does suit up against the Jaguars on Thursday night, but his status will continue to be updated in the coming days.

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Marcus Mariota put on weight this offseason.

This weight gain is about 5-10 pounds according to Mariota, and it was obviously by design. Titans head coach Mike Vrabel has suggested his quarterback to add more weight to be more durable, and Mariota agrees after missing more time last season because of injury, including the de-facto Week 17 playoff game versus the Colts. This comes a year after Mariota cut his weight in order to be as quick and fast as possible, with the thought being that he could evade hits with his athletic ability. Mariota's fantasy value shouldn't be impacted much by the added weight, as he will still be among the fastest quarterbacks in the league and can do plenty of damage with his legs. Hopefully Mariota can play in all 16 games (and potentially more if Tennessee makes the playoffs) in a contract year.

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The Titans will keep the same offensive terminology in 2019.

With former Titans offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur taking the head coach job in Green Bay, the Titans have promoted within with former tight ends coach Arthur Smith, and head coach Mike Vrabel says the offense will keep the same terminology next season. Vrabel noted that keeping the same terminology will make the transition in play-caller easier on everyone, and it will allow the offense to get lined up faster. While keeping an in-house coordinator with the the same offense is good for quarterback Marcus Mariota, this will be the 25-year-old's fifth play-caller in five seasons—obviously, that is far from ideal for the young franchise quarterback, so hopefully Smith sticks around. Mariota has obvious QB1 upside because of his ability, but he might go undrafted in most fantasy drafts this summer.

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Marcus Mariota (neck) is officially inactive for Week 17.

This is really unfortunate for Mariota, as he doesn't have the opportunity to play in a de facto playoff game against the Colts. He reportedly would be in danger of permanent damage if he played through this neck/nerve issue, so it's a smart move to keep him out of the lineup for his long-term future. This is a big blow to the Titans, as Mariota is one of the most clutch players in the league, but Blaine Gabbert is a capable backup that will look to get one win tonight for a playoff berth. Mariota's injury-riddled regular season ends with 2,528 yards, 11 touchdowns, and eight interceptions along with 64 carries for 357 yards and two touchdowns in 14 games.

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Marcus Mariota (neck) is officially listed as questionable for Sunday night.

Mariota was a limited participant in practice for the second straight day. Titans head coach Mike Vrabel says that all three quarterbacks (Mariota, Blaine Gabbert, and Austin Davis) could be active and contribute on Sunday night against the Colts. In a win-and-in Week 17 matchup, we expect Mariota will give it a go at less than 100%, but he’s obviously very hard to trust in fantasy lineups.

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Marcus Mariota (neck) was officially a limited participant in today's practice.

Titans head coach Mike Vrabel said Mariota was out there but didn't take his normal reps, so this was expected. Still, it's great to see Mariota was out there throwing the ball around a bit, and this leads to some definite optimism about his up-in-the-air Week 17 status. Mariota was said to not need any practice time to play on Sunday night, so even a limited practice today is a big positive. He's likely headed for a questionable tag when the final injury report is released ahead of the weekend.

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Marcus Mariota (neck/foot) officially did not practice today.

Mariota says he's going to do everything he can do play on Sunday night against the Colts, and Titans head coach Mike Vrabel says they'll see what he can do in tomorrow's practice, but things might be on the doubtful side of things for now. Vrabel did say that Mariota does not need to practice to play, which isn't surprising in a de facto playoff game. We'll of course track Mariota's status all week.

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Titans survive against the Redskins, 25-16, despite not having Marcus Mariota for the second half.

Mariota left the game at the end of the second quarter with an elbow injury, but Blaine Gabbert played well in relief to help Tennessee potentially position themselves for the No. 6 seed in the AFC. Before leaving, the starter was 10/13 for 110 yards, zero touchdowns, and zero interceptions, also adding a seven-yard carry. Of course, Mariota missed time earlier this season with a nerve issue in his arm, so hopefully he can get healthy for a possible de factor playoff game next week against the Colts. If so, he'd be on the QB2 radar.

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Marcus Mariota's injury is officially being called a stinger.

The Titans say Mariota is questionable to return, and he remains in the locker room with the third quarter underway. Given the nerve issues Mariota has battled this season, he probably doesn't have a great chance to return to today's game.

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Marcus Mariota leaves game with apparent right elbow injury.

Mariota landed on his throwing elbow with under two minutes remaining in the first half, and he's now headed to the locker room. Tennessee's franchise quarterback has dealt with elbow/nerve issues for much of the season, but hopefully this doesn't keep him out past halftime. Blaine Gabbert is now in the game for the Titans.

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Marcus Mariota throws for under 100 yards in Week 15.

Mariota was 12/20 for 88 yards along with two carries for 11 yards against the Giants. The gameplan called for a heavy dose of Derrick Henry, and Mariota played a fine game despite not hitting the century-mark in passing. Tennessee's franchise quarterback's highlight of the day was probably his great block on Giants linebacker Alec Ogletree to help spring a Derrick Henry run down the sideline. Mariota has been a boom/bust fantasy option, and he's a better real-life quarterback than he is a trusted fantasy asset entering fantasy title matchups. He faces the Redskins this Saturday afternoon.

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Marcus Mariota, Titans blow out the Jaguars, 30-9.

Mariota was 18/24 for 162 yards, zero touchdowns, and one interception, also adding four carries for 13 yards. Tennessee played stout defense and rode Derrick Henry (17 carries for 238 yards and four touchdowns) to a big win to improve to 7-6, but Mariota had another solid game despite the modest numbers. Unfortunately, Corey Davis let a would-be touchdown go through his hands in the fourth quarter and Taywan Taylor dropped an underthrown deep ball, but Mariota should bounce back next week in New York against the Giants. Consider him a solid QB2.

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Marcus Mariota, Titans improve to 6-6 with comeback victory over the Jets.

Mariota was 20/35 for 282 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception, also adding a team-high 43 rushing yards on four attempts. Most importantly, Mariota once again proved clutch down the stretch to get Tennessee a win, hitting Corey Davis for an 11-yard score with less than minute to go. The former Heisman winner dropped a couple deep dimes to move the offense in the second half, and he's finally rounding into form after a slow, injury-riddled start. A Thursday night matchup against Jacksonville keeps Mariota off the QB2 radar for Week 14, but he will be worth consideration as a streamer after that with games against the Giants, Redskins, and Colts.

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Marcus Mariota, Titans fall to 5-6 with 34-17 loss to the Texans.

Mariota was 22/23 for 303 yards, two touchdowns, and zero interceptions, also adding six carries for 28 yards. The scoreboard didn't indicate it, but Mariota was decisive and accurate all night, so much so that he didn't even throw an incompletion until the final drive of the game with just over a minute to play. However, a turnover-on-downs in the red zone and some other mistakes/injuries hurt Tennessee after they jumped out to a 10-0 lead, and they probably saw their AFC South hopes dashed with the loss. The Titans probably need to change things up offensively (perhaps giving Derrick Henry more early-down touches), but Mariota will look to stay hot next week against the Jets.

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Marcus Mariota (neck) practiced fully today.

Barring a setback, Mariota will be out there against the Texans on Monday night. This is a huge boost for the Titans, who are looking to avoid falling too far behind in the AFC South. Mariota's presence is a plus for the skill position players of the Titans, but he himself carries some risk in Week 12 fantasy lineups because of the potential for a re-aggravation of the injury—also, the game could be a low-scoring slugfest.

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Marcus Mariota (neck) was officially listed as limited in today's practice.

It was a Thanksgiving walkthrough for the Titans and their first official practice of the week because they play on Monday night. Mariota's injury being called a neck injury is interesting, and his status is very much up in the air for Week 12. We'll track his official practice throughout the week ahead of the final injury report being released on Saturday.

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Mike Vrabel says Marcus Mariota's injury is a stinger.

This seems to indicate the injury is unrelated to the elbow/nerve issue Mariota dealt with earlier this season, but it's still not 100% clear at this point. We might not get clarity on Mariota's Week 12 status until official practice reports are released later this week. For now, consider Mariota 50/50 for next Monday night against Houston.

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Marcus Mariota (hand) did not return against the Colts.

Mariota's injury is officially called a hand injury, but it could still be related to the elbow issue he had earlier this year which made it difficult to grip the ball. The bottom line is Mariota is not a lock to be ready for Week 12 next Monday night in a huge matchup against the Texans, in which case Blaine Gabbert would be under-center for the Titans. Before leaving today's game, Mariota was 10/13 for 85 yards and an interception along with four carries for 17 yards.

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Marcus Mariota leaves game after apparent right arm injury.

It's unclear if the injury is related to his elbow issue from earlier this season, but there's probably a decent chance that it is. Mariota is now headed to the locker room with Blaine Gabbert entering the game. Hopefully Mariota is able to return in the second half, but we'll update you as more information becomes available.

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Marcus Mariota plays great in Titans' upset win over the Patriots.

Mariota followed up last week's great performance against the Cowboys with another excellent showing against New England, as his early-season elbow issues appear to be over. He was 16/24 for 228 yards and two touchdowns along with two carries for 21 yards and one reception for 21 yards (on a trick play following up the same call the Patriots had on offense just before) in the Week 10 win. Mariota delivered pinpoint passes throughout the game, including dropping a few deep balls right in the bucket—the 23-yard touchdown to Corey Davis was an absolute dime to the end zone. Since the bye, Mariota has fantasy point totals of 22 and 21, and he's in streaming consideration for Week 11 against the Colts.

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Marcus Mariota leads Titans to Monday night win against the Cowboys.

Mariota was 21/29 for 240 yards and two touchdowns along with ten carries for 32 yards and a touchdown. He also lost two fumbles (one on a strip sack and one on a hand-off attempt), but overall it was a very good performance from the fourth-year quarterback. As usual, Mariota showed great movement through the pocket and gave his receivers opportunities to make plays, and he uses his playmaking ability to make plays with his own legs late in the game, including a nine-yard touchdown run on a scramble up the middle to put his team up two touchdowns. The bye week appears to have helped Mariota, who played without a glove on his right throwing hand and appears to be closer to 100% despite dealing with some nerve damage from his early-season elbow injury. Mariota has a tough matchup next week against the Patriots, who will likely try to contain him and force Tennessee's receivers to create separation.

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Marcus Mariota nearly leads comeback win against the Chargers.

Mariota was 24/32 for 237 yards, one touchdown, and one interception along with seven carries for 38 yards in the London game loss. At the end of the game, Mariota led a touchdown drive to put the Titans within one, but the team went for a two-point conversion and failed on a deflected pass. The touchdown was on a fourth-and-goal with a play-action pass to tight end Luke Stocker. Mariota threw his first career red-zone interception in the game after entering the contest with a 41:0 TD/INT ratio in his career, as a pass was tipped and intercepted. Mariota's receivers didn't play well aside from Tajae Sharpe, as Taywan Taylor and Corey Davis both had big drops in the second half. The Titans now have a bye week before facing the Cowboys for a Monday night matchup in Week 9.

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Ravens destroy the Titans in Week 6.

Marcus Mariota had no chance to do anything against the Ravens, who sacked him 11 times. The 11 sacks are tied for the second most in a game in NFL history, as Baltimore got constant and quick pressure on Mariota, who didn't really have anyone getting open even if he did have time to throw. Mariota was 10/15 for 117 yards along with two carries for 25 yards, and it's a miracle he didn't turn the ball over or get injured in the game. The Titans must get things fixed on the offensive line before next week's matchup with the Chargers in London. Mariota could have a big game given his ability, but the fourth-year quarterback is difficult to trust in fantasy lineups.

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Marcus Mariota, Titans fall to the Bills, 13-12, on last-second field goal.

Mariota was 14/26 for 129 yards, zero touchdowns, and one interception, also adding two carries for ten yards. Tennessee's offense left the game with a lead on their final drive, but Buffalo was able to get in range to kick a field goal as time expired, knocking the Titans to 3-2. Two lost fumbles (one by Dion Lewis and one by Taywan Taylor) were costly in a defensive battle, and wide receiver Nick Williams also dropped a late would-be touchdown reception on a dime by Mariota that might have been too much for the Bills to overcome. Overall, it was a disappointing game for Mariota's fantasy prospects, and he gets a difficult matchup against the Ravens next week, leaving him as nothing more than a low-end QB2 option.

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Marcus Mariota leads Titans to overtime victory over the Eagles.

Mariota was 30/43 for 344 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception in a 26-23 win, also adding team-highs with ten carries for 46 yards and a score on the ground. Basically, Mariota was awesome, as a couple potential deep touchdowns were left on the field with drops, but Tennessee was able to score 17-straight points to take the lead in the second half before eventually winning in overtime—where they converted three times on fourth down, including a fourth-and-15 throw to Taywan Taylor. The game was won with a ten-yard touchdown to Corey Davis on third down with 17 seconds left to play, and the Titans are now 3-1 heading into a matchup with the Bills. Looking healthy, Mariota is rising towards QB1 territory if his skill-position players can continue to make plays.

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The Titans plan to start Marcus Mariot (right elbow) against the Eagles.

Mariota continues to make progress with the nerve issue in his throwing arm elbow, and this isn’t susprising after he came into Sunday’s win against the Jaguars and played so well. Mariota still might not be able to make all the throws this week, but he’ll do what he can as the Titans look to improve to 3-1. The fourth-year quarterback might still be limited in practice throughout the week.

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Marcus Mariota steps up in relief to help lead Texans to Week 3 victory.

Blaine Gabbert went down with a concussion early in the game, so Mariota had to step in at less than 100% while dealing with his right elbow injury. Mariota toughed it out and helped the Titans grind for a 9-6 win in Jacksonville, going 12/18 for 100 yards along with seven carries for 51 yards. Despite the elbow issue, Mariota was sharp against an elite defense, and he made enough plays to help the Titans win. The team's franchise player was given the game ball after the game, and he drew effusive praise from his teammates. Mariota still might not be 100% by next week in a matchup with the Eagles, but the good news is the game is in Tennessee instead of in Philadelphia (where the Eagles are very tough to beat), so Mariota would have QB1 upside if he's at full strength.

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Marcus Mariota (right elbow) is active for Week 3.

Mariota is active, but his right elbow is still giving him issues, so Blaine Gabbert is starting against the Jaguars. Obviously, Mariota should not be in fantasy lineups. Hopefully the fourth-year quarterback gets back to 100% soon.

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Marcus Mariota (right elbow) is questionable for Sunday.

Mariota has made progress, but this looks to be headed toward a game-time decision like last week. Even if Mariota is able to play, Blaine Gabbert is going to get at least some time at quarterback for the Titans. Even if he's active, Mariota is an extremely risky play in Week 3 fantasy lineups. We'll know his status by 11:30 AM ET on Sunday.

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Marcus Mariota (right elbow) was officially limited in practice.

Titans offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur said Mariota looked as good as he's looked since the injury, so that's a big positive. However, this is a nerve issue that can really only be healed by time, and Titans head coach Mike Vrabel already indicated Blaine Gabbert is going to get at least some time this week. Perhaps Mariota will feel 100% ahead of Sunday, but expect Gabbert to be under-center against Jacksonville.

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Titans head coach Mike Vrabel says Marcus Mariota (right elbow) is "about the same" this week.

This isn't a positive sign to start the week, as Mariota isn't going to play if he doesn't progress. Hopefully Tennessee's franchise quarterback starts to make strides soon. Even if Mariota is able to play this week, it'll be very difficult to trust him when he'll potentially be splitting time with Blaine Gabbert at less than 100% against an elite Jaguars defense.

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Marcus Mariota (right elbow) doesn't play in Week 2.

Mariota is dealing with a right arm injury that's apparently making it tough for him to grip the football, and Blaine Gabbert played well in the win against the Texans. The Titans have a very tough matchup against the Jaguars next week, so Mariota will be difficult to trust even if he plays in Week 3. Ideally, his star tackles will be available to protect Mariota whenever he does return.

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Marcus Mariota (right elbow) is active for Week 2.

Mariota reportedly had trouble throwing the ball in warmups, and the Titans already said Blaine Gabbert (who could start the game) is going to get some time today against the Texans. Mariota is way too difficult to trust in fantasy lineups this week.

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Mike Vrabel said he expects both Marcus Mariota and Blaine Gabbert to play in Week 2.

Mariota is dealing with an elbow injury that forced him out of Week 1's game against the Dolphins, and Vrabel says he's still begin evaluated. However, the fact that Vrabel thinks both Mariota and Gabbert will play on Sunday is a bit of a surprise. This leads us to believe that Mariota is clearly not expected to be 100%, as the Titans wouldn't have their franchise quarterback splitting time otherwise. Perhaps Mariota will come out hot on Sunday and show that he can play the entire game at a high level, but he's way too risky to insert into fantasy lineups right now.

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Marcus Mariota (elbow) is expected to play Sunday.

Mariota was forced to leave Week 1's loss to the Dolphins after he had issues throwing the ball, but he practiced today and Titans head coach Mike Vrabel says he "is feeling good." Barring any unforeseen setbacks, Mariota will be under-center this Sunday against the Texans. Consider him more of a QB2 option this week at an extremely deep position. Mariota's presence is good news for the other skill position players on offense like Derrick Henry, Dion Lewis, and Corey Davis.

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Mike Vrabel says things are "looking OK" for Marcus Mariota's health.

Mariota left yesterday's game against the Dolphins on a couple of separate occasions, and they both had to do with him taking a late hit from Dolphins defensive end William Hayes on a hand off. It was called an elbow injury for Mariota, but hopefully he escaped without it being anything too serious. Consider Mariota on the good side of 50/50 for Week 2 against the Texans, but we'll get more information as the week progresses.

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Marcus Mariota finished 9/16 for 103 yards, zero touchdowns, and two interceptions before leaving Sunday's loss with an elbow injury.

Thanks to weather delays, it turned out to be the longest game in NFL history at over seven hours, but Mariota never returned to the field after throwing his second interception, which seemed to sail on him based on the injured elbow. The dual-threat quarterback also rushed three times for 15 yards before leaving, and he will likely be limited in practice and questionable leading up to next week's game against the Texans. If he does play, it might be best to avoid Mariota to see how he looks, so consider him a risky QB2.

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Marcus Mariota (elbow) is questionable to return against the Dolphins.

Mariota has been getting banged up in this long-delayed game, and there's a chance this elbow injury has to do with him getting hit late on a handoff earlier in the game. Blaine Gabbert is now under-center for the Titans with the team down by seven at the end of the third quarter.

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Marcus Mariota has looked faster this summer, according to the team's official site.

Writer Jim Wyatt said that Mariota won't admit it, but he "has displayed an extra gear when he’s taken off" since dropping the knee brace he wore in 2017. The dual-threat quarterback believes it's up to everyone else to decide, but he worked on getting faster in the offseason. We think Mariota should be in for a huge bounce-back season in a new offense that should allow him to take advantage of his unique skillset, and he should undoubtedly be drafted in the top 15 at the position (currently going as the QB18). However, it's worth noting that after the season opener, Tennessee has a really tough stretch (v HOU, @ JAX, v PHI, @ BUF, v BAL, @ LAC) to start the year.

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Marcus Mariota might not wear a knee brace this season.

Mariota has been working out during OTAs without the knee brace that he's been wearing since he injured his knee during his rookie season back in 2015. Now over a couple of years removed from that injury, the former Heisman Trophy winning quarterback probably wants to try and give it a go without the brace. Mariota says he feels comfortable without the brace, adding that the brace "felt restricting." However, he did note that he has to be smart about his health and might ultimately decide to still wear the brace this season. One way or another, a knee brace doesn't really have an impact on Mariota's fantasy value. The best part about this offseason for him is that he's able to fully participate after he wasn't last season, as he was recovering from his broken leg suffered on Christmas Eve 2016. Look for a sharper and much statistically-improved Mariota this season.

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The Titans picked up Marcus Mariota's fifth-year option.

Titans GM Jon Robinson said the team was going to pickup the franchise quarterback's option, but we were expecting an official announcement from the team at some point. Nevertheless, Mariota is officially under team control through the 2019 season, and the two sides are very likely to work out a long-term extension at some point within the next year or so. Mariota will hopefully be able to have consistency at offensive coordinator moving forward, starting this season with new OC Matt LaFleur. This year, Mariota has a ton of upside as someone that is likely to go outside the top-ten quarterbacks in many fantasy drafts this summer.

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Marcus Mariota is trying to widen his throwing base.

Now healthy as opposed to last year when he was recovery from leg surgery, Mariota is using the offseason to make some adjustments to his game. Mariota said he wanted to get a wider base because he was getting too narrow at times, and he said the new coaching staff said the same thing. Dating back to his time at Oregon, Mariota basically had the same base when throwing, as he could just stand there and throw darts all over the field. But it's good to see him doing what he can to improve his game, which is exactly what you would expect from Mariota. Unfortunately, Mariota is now on his fourth offensive coordinator (Matt LaFleur) in four seasons, but hopefully things click quickly and he can have his biggest season yet in 2018. With a full offseason this year, Mariota has major bounce-back upside after he took a step back statistically last season.

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The Titans plan to add run-pass options to their offense.

At the NFL Combine, new head coach Mike Vrabel said "I think we have an idea what plays he may end up running and what plays he may end up handing it off or throwing," so it sounds like the team will still use Marcus Mariota on some zone-reads where he can either hand it off or run himself (though Vrabel noted both the coaching staff and Mariota need to be smart to avoid injury), as well as using RPOs where he has the option to hand the ball off to the running back or keep it and throw to his receivers on the perimeter. The Titans rarely used RPOs, if at all, during Mariota's first three NFL seasons despite him having a lot of success with them at Oregon. This new offense under offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur is likely to implement some of those RPOs, and it's worth noting Mariota is an excellent ball-handler and is among the best passers in the NFL off play-action. After a disappointing statistically campaign in which he battled injury in 2017, Mariota is a good bet to bounce back this season.

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Marcus Mariota plays well, but the Titans lose to the Patriots in the Divisional Round.

Mariota and the Titans got off to a hot start on offense, driving for a 95-yard touchdown drive in the first quarter that was capped by a 15-yard touchdown to Corey Davis on a dime to the end zone. Tennessee's only other touchdown of the game was to Davis toward the end of the fourth quarter to make the game 35-14. In between it all, the Patriots did a great job of limiting the Titans offense, and they got a lot of pressure on Mariota, sacking him eight times. Overall, Mariota was 22/37 for 254 yards and two touchdowns along with four carries for 37 rushing yards. This offseason, Mariota will look to get fully healthy, as he is reportedly set to get ankle surgery; and remember, this was his first season after coming off his broken leg suffered in Week 16 last season. Mariota is a good bet to put up much better numbers next season, but ideally there will be some changes on offense. He'll probably be a selection at the end of 2018 fantasy drafts, and it's possible he goes undrafted in many leagues, but he has obvious QB1 upside.

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Marcus Mariota leads Titans comeback against the Chiefs.

In the first playoff game of Mariota's career, his team fell behind 21-3 in Arrowhead against Kansas City, but they stayed composed and came back to win, 22-21. Mariota was 19/31 for 205 passing yards, two touchdowns, and one interception along with eight carries for 46 rushing yards and a six-yard touchdown reception. The touchdown reception was from himself, and it was the second time in NFL history it happened (and first time in a playoff game). It really got the team going, and Mariota converted key third downs down the stretch and threw a dime to Eric Decker in the end zone for 22 yards late in the fourth quarter to take the lead. And then on a drive to ice the game, Mariota threw a key block on third down that sprung Derrick Henry for a first down. The third-year quarterback is simply a great young player that stepped up when his team needed him most, and he'll now look to keep it going in the Divisional Round next week.

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Marcus Mariota leads Titans to the playoffs with Week 17 win.

Mariota didn't light up the box score against the Jaguars, but he played a very good game and came up clutch at the end by mainly using his legs to make plays—including a play where he stiff-armed Jaguars safety Barry Church to basically seal the game and a playoff berth for the Titans. Overall, Mariota was 12/21 for 134 yards and one touchdown along with ten carries for 60 rushing yards. The third-year quarterback threw for 3,232 yards with 13 passing touchdowns and 15 interceptions along with 60 rushing attempts for 312 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns in what was a disappointing fantasy regular season, but he's dealt with injuries all season. Now appearing to be getting a bit healthier down the stretch, Mariota makes the Titans a scary team in the postseason.

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Marcus Mariota throws an interception in Week 16 loss.

Mariota threw the ball a lot against the Rams, as the Titans couldn't get much of anything going on the ground against them. The third-year quarterback was 22/39 for 275 yards and one interception along with three carries for 24 yards in the Christmas Eve game. The interception was on a play where it appeared Mariota just didn't see the zone defender coming underneath on a deep crossing route. The Titans now face a win-and-in game in Week 17 against the Jaguars, but Mariota is a risky option despite the team's performance against Jacksonville in their first matchup earlier this season.

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Marcus Mariota, Titans fall to 8-6 after late field goal by San Francisco.

Mariota was 22/33 for 241 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions. He also rushed twice for four yards. Tennessee has now lost two-straight close games, and they have some work to do if they want to make the playoffs, as they face the Rams and Jags over the final two weeks of the season. Fortunately, both are at home, but Mariota is difficult to trust on Christmas Eve after what Los Angeles just did to Russell Wilson and the Seahawks in Week 16.

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Marcus Mariota could need ankle surgery this offseason.

According to Paul Kuharsky, Mariota is still having complications from the fractured right fibula he suffered last Christmas Eve against Jacksonville. Kuharsky also says Mariota's hamstring injury suffered earlier this year is still giving him problems. This explains a lot, as the third-year quarterback has not been close to his expectations, despite the team being 8-5 and in prime playoff position. Defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau and the athletic defense have been a big reason the Titans have been good this year, and unfortunately it sounds like Mariota might not be himself until 2018. He's still a very strong hold in dynasty leagues and should not be dropped, but Mariota is difficult to trust in the fantasy playoffs for standard leagues and does not need to be rostered.

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Marcus Mariota's knee issue is a sprain.

Titans head coach Mike Mularkey is on a conference call with reporters and said the injury isn't serious and that Mariota should be able to practice on Wednesday. This is a big relief, but hopefully Mariota isn't limited like he was yesterday against the Cardinals. Mularkey admitted that Mariota's injury limited the Titans gameplay wise during the game, and the third-year quarterback has had a shockingly subpar season with just ten touchdowns and 14 interceptions so far as he's dealt with injuries—but he still has upside if he can get healthy. Mariota has shown he can win from the pocket and the gameplan this week against the Niners might be more geared toward that, but he's a risky QB1 option for the second week of the fantasy playoffs.

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Marcus Mariota throws two interception in Titans’ loss to the Cardinals.

Mariota struggled in this one, going 16/31 for 159 yards and two interceptions. He also had two carries for 11 yards on the ground. Mariota’s late-game interception on a pass intended for tight end Delanie Walker was on a play where he obviously just didn’t see the defender dropping in coverage, and the Titans couldn’t move the ball when given another chance to win the game with a touchdown. It’s clear Mariota hasn’t been healthy for parts of this season, and this game was a clear example. Titans head coach Mike Mularkey said Mariota was dealing with a knee injury during the game, so that explains a lot. Hopefully the knee injury isn’t anything serious, but it’s something to keep an eye on this week.

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Marcus Mariota scores twice as the Titans improve to 8-4.

The Titans started slow against the Texans, but the offense got things going and scored 24 points in the final three quarters. Mariota was 15/23 for 150 yards and a passing touchdown along with three carries for 23 yards and a touchdown on the ground. The rushing score came on a zone read, and the passing touchdown was on a deep crossing route to Delanie Walker for 24 yards. Mariota has four games to continue heating up as the Titans look to make a playoff run in January.

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Marcus Mariota throws two interceptions but the Titans improve to 7-4.

Mariota was 17/25 for 184 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions as he surprisingly didn't have a great game against the Colts. It's worth noting Indianapolis was coming off their bye week, but this was Mariota's fifth and sixth interceptions over the last two games. On one interception, he was pressured immediately and it appeared the receiver slipped on the route, though. The touchdown was on a corner route to Delanie Walker in the end zone. Next week, Mariota faces a Texans team that he scored twice on the ground against in their first matchup before leaving with the hamstring injury that he had to deal with for several weeks. The third-year quarterback is a good bet to turn things around, but he'll have some risk in fantasy lineups until he does.

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Marcus Mariota throws four interceptions in Thursday night loss.

Despite the four-interception night, it wasn't as bad as the stat line would indicate, as Mariota was under constant pressure and didn't get a lot of help from his receivers. Overall, Mariota was 22/33 for 306 yards, one touchdown, four interceptions, and added five carries for five yards and a rushing touchdown. The passing touchdown was a 75-yard deep pass to Rishard Matthews down the middle of the field, and Mariota should've had another passing score on a perfect pass to tight end Delanie Walker, but it was dropped in the end zone. The first interception was all on Mariota, as he simply overthrew an open receiver and it was picked off by the safety; and the last interception came at the end of the game when he was trying to make a play. But the second and third interceptions—particularly the second—appeared to be on the receivers for not fighting harder for the ball and/or stopping the route. Mariota is still looking for his first 20-point fantasy game of the season, and next week against the Colts in a bounce-back performance would be a good time to get it.

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Mariota has a mild ankle sprain.

Titans head coach said Mariota has both a mild ankle sprain and a sore shoulder, but he should be ready to go on Thursday night against the Steelers. Mariota has played through injures dating back to his college days at Oregon, and it'd be a major shock if he wasn't out there in a few days. The third-year quarterback will be a QB1 option versus Pittsburgh.

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Marcus Mariota leads Titans to 6-3 with game-winning drive.

Down by three late in the fourth quarter, Mariota led a 12-play, 73-yard game-winning touchdown drive against the Bengals that ended with a touchdown to DeMarco Murray with 36 seconds remaining in the game. Overall, Mariota was 25/44 for 264 yards, one touchdown, and one interception while also carrying six times for 51 yards. It could've been a bigger day for Mariota if not for a dropped would-be touchdown by Rishard Matthews, but the cold-blooded fourth-quarter drive made it an excellent game. Mariota did come up limping when he was tackled on a scramble on the final drive, but he should be fine. This Thursday, Mariota faces another tough NFC North defense as the Titans take on the Steelers, but he's in the QB1 conversation.

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Marcus Mariota helps lead the Titans to 5-3.

Coming out of the bye, Mariota appeared to be moving around a lot better after dealing with his hamstring injury in the weeks prior. He was 19/28 for 218 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception against the Ravens, though he was limited to six yards on three rushing attempts. The first score was in the first quarter on a 16-yard throw to the end zone to Rishard Matthews, and the second was on a scramble to the right where Mariota threw back to his left to a wide-open Eric Decker in the end zone for 11 yards. Mariota hasn't had the huge breakout season he's capable of, but the hamstring injuries did limit him for a few weeks. He's worth holding onto down the stretch.

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Tennessee offense struggles in overtime win over the Browns.

Marcus Mariota was 21/34 for 203 yards, zero touchdowns, and zero turnovers. He also rushed once for eight yards. Mariota wasn't helped by drops, particularly late in the game, but the Titans were able to win a field-goal battle and get a 12-9 victory on Ryan Succop's 47-yard field goal in OT. The bye week is coming at the perfect time for Tennessee, as Mariota and DeMarco Murray should be able to get their hamstring injuries healed up. They take on the Ravens in the first week of November. Mariota is a buy-low candidate.

 

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Marcus Mariota was full participant in practice today.

After getting out of Monday night's game without a setback, Mariota's hamstring is making some big-time progress. He's not in any doubt for Sunday versus the Browns, and he might be a lot closer to 100% and able to move around more than he did in Week 6. Mariota has elite upside against Cleveland and should be in fantasy lineups.

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Less than 100% Marcus Mariota leads the Titans to a win from the pocket in Week 6.

Mariota was dealing with a hamstring injury that forced him to miss Week 5 against the Dolphins, but he gave it a go in the game despite not being able to run full speed (or much at all). Similar to when Aaron Rodgers dealt with a calf injuries, there were questions if he could win from the pocket without using his legs. And like Rodgers, Mariota showed that he can tonight against the Colts. The third-year quarterback was 23/32 for 306 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the Titans' victory. He navigated the pocket and delivered strikes to his receivers throughout the night from a traditional drop back, as they couldn't run any bootlegs or designed runs with Mariota hobbled. The interception came on a great, athletic play by Colts linebacker John Simon, who simply jumped at the line of scrimmage and intercepted the pass for a touchdown. The touchdown for Mariota was a clutch one late in the game where he moved in the pocket before delivering a 53-yard deep ball to rookie Taywan Taylor for a touchdown. The Titans scored 21 points in the fourth quarter with Mariota leading the way. Even if he's still less than 100%, Mariota will be a QB1 against Cleveland in Week 7.

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Marcus Mariota (hamstring) is active for the Titans.

Mariota is back after missing one game with the hamstring injury, giving the Titans a huge boost in a big AFC South matchup with the Colts. The 23-year-old quarterback probably isn’t 100% and might not be able to run in a full sprint, but he should be able to function well enough to play well for Tennessee. If you waited to see if Mariota would play in tonight’s game, you can safely insert him into your lineup as a great QB1 against the Colts.

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Marcus Mariota (hamstring) is officially questionable for Monday night.

The Titans are optimistic about their star quarterback being able to play, but we likely won’t know until before game time on Monday. This puts fantasy owners in a very difficult position, as it could be a gamble sticking with Mariota in your lineup instead of going with someone from the Sunday games. If you want to risk inserted Mariota in your lineup for the good matchup, be prepared to insert Jacoby Brisset or Matt Cassel into your QB slot in case the third-year quarterback is inactive.

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Mariota (hamstring) hasn't sprinted fully yet.

He again was a limited participant in practice today, doing a little more than yesterday according to Titans head coach Mike Mularkey. The Titans are "hopeful" Mariota can play, but not getting into a full sprint yet it a slight concern. Maybe he'll test it on tomorrow in the week's final practice, and we'll see how he's listed when the official injury report for the game is released sometime tomorrow. Mariota will likely be questionable and a game-time decision.

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Marcus Mariota (hamstring) was limited in practice today.

This was basically the first official practice of the week for Tennessee, with their game coming on Monday night against Indy. It's a good start to the week, but full practices for Mariota on Friday and Saturday would be ideal. He's looking on the better side of questionable right now, but we'll hopefully get more information in the next couple days.

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Marcus Mariota: "I feel a lot better."

The third-year quarterback hopes he is able to play this week after missing last week with a hamstring injury. The Titans play on Monday night, so the first official practice of the week will be tomorrow, but it sounds like Mariota is absolutely headed in the right direction. Expect him to be at least limited in practice tomorrow.

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Marcus Mariota (hamstring) is still day-to-day.

Mike Mularkey said his quarterback is "coming along very well." Consider him questionable for now, and remember the Titans don't play until next Monday night, so they won't practice until Thursday. Mariota would be an excellent option if he's healthy against the Colts.

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Marcus Mariota (hamstring) is officially inactive against the Dolphins.

This was the expectation after reports emerged that he was not expected to play in the game, along with the Titans saying throughout the week that they would not rush their franchise quarterback to play and risk him missing more time. Matt Cassel will start against the Dolphins and isn’t a recommended fantasy option, and Titans receivers should get a downgrade with Mariota out. There’s a chance Delanie Walker is heavily targeted by Cassel, and he should still definitely be in the fantasy lineups. Hopefully Mariota is ready for next Monday night against the Colts.

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Marcus Mariota (hamstring) is not expected to play against the Dolphins, according to Adam Schefter.

Titans head coach Mike Mularkey has made it clear throughout the week they aren’t going to rush their quarterback and risk further injury, so this isn’t surprising. We’ll know for sure when the inactive list is released in the morning, but it looks like Matt Cassel will be under center against the Dolphins.

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Titans head coach Mike Mularkey says that Marcus Mariota (hamstring) will be a game-time decision on Sunday.

He's listed as questionable for the game against the Dolphins, so at least there's a chance he will play. Fortunately, Tennessee plays at 1 PM, so fantasy owners will have time to get a replacement for Mariota if he's inactive. We would get him in lineups against a weak secondary if he plays, but Carson Palmer, Sam Bradford, and Alex Smith are solid streaming options if Mariota is out.

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Marcus Mariota (hamstring) was limited in practice today.

Titans head coach Mike Mularkey said he's hoping Mariota will play on Sunday but that they are not going to put him out there if it risks further injury. It sounds like Mariota will not play unless he's 100% or very, very close to is. We'll keep an eye on the Titans signal-caller throughout the week.

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Marcus Mariota (hamstring) is day-to-day.

This is excellent news, as it looks like Mariota has a good chance of playing on Sunday against the Dolphins. Titans head coach Mike Mularkey did say they are going to take it slow with Mariota, which is smart so the injury is not aggravated and made worse. We might not know until late in the week—or even not until Sunday—if Mariota will be active, but he'd again be a QB1 if he's able to be out there. We'll update you on his practice status throughout the week.

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Mariota is out for the game with his hamstring injury.

Mariota was 6/10 for 96 yards and two interceptions while adding four carries for 39 yards and two touchdowns—one from 34 yards and one from two yards. The Titans get the Dolphins next week, and Mariota would be a QB1 if he's ready to go for the game.

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Marcus Mariota leaves game with a hamstring injury.

Mariota is questionable to return against the Texans with his team down 21 points in the third quarter. The third-year quarterback ran for two touchdowns, but he also threw two interceptions before leaving the game. Hopefully he's able to get back in there, but we'll update you when his status is updated.

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Marcus Mariota helps lead Titans to win over the Seahawks.

Mariota played very well against Seattle, going 20/32 for 225 yards and two touchdowns while adding seven carries for 27 yards. Mariota's first touchdown came in the third quarter on a 55-yard screen pass to Rishard Matthews, which put the Titans ahead. The second touchdown was to a wide-open Jonnu Smith on a wheel route for 24 yards. Mariota was cheap shotted on the sideline by Richard Sherman on one of his runs, which led to the Titans—particularly Taylor Lewan—coming to his defense. Thankfully Mariota was fine, and Lewan and Sherman even talked it out and were laughing after the game. Next week is a difficult matchup against the Texans, who Mariota didn't have a great game against last season, but he's still a QB1 in the game.

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Marcus Mariota was 15/27 for 215 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in Sunday's 37-16 win over the Jaguars.

He added 24 yards on six carries. Mariota hit rookie tight end Jonnu Smith for his touchdown, and he didn't have to do much with Tennessee relying on defense and Derrick Henry to dominate Jacksonville. The talented quarterback has another tough matchup with Seattle in Week 3, but at least it's at home. Still, you should find another quarterback option if you can.

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Mariota plays well in Titans' Week 1 loss to the Raiders.

Oakland limited DeMarco Murray to 3.7 yards per carry in the game, which didn't help; but Mariota was 25/41 for 256 yards, along with three carries for 26 yards including a ten-yard touchdown run. Mariota threw the ball well to all areas of the field and converted a number of third downs, but a throw he'd like to have back was on a scramble where he threw the ball too low on a third down near midfield. The touchdown run came on a designed quarterback run where Delanie Walker threw a great block to basically allow his quarterback to walk into the end zone. Despite not putting up huge numbers through the air, Mariota still had a very good fantasy day. He has a difficult matchup against the Jaguars, who beat up the Texans this week, but Mariota has the look of a potential top-five fantasy QB and remains a QB1 for Week 2.

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Mariota and the first-team offense plays deep into the second half on Sunday.

Head coach Mike Mularkey did not like what he saw from his guys, as they were shutout in the first half, but they eventually found the end zone to get points on the board. Mariota was 12/21 for 193 yards and one touchdown, which looked like a toss to Derrick Henry but was actually a forward pass. He missed a lot of receivers, but still put up decent numbers, showing Mariota has the look of an elite fantasy quarterback in 2017.

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Marcus Mariota plays sharp two series in preseason game against the Panthers.

The Titans offense led by Mariota drove down the field on the opening drive, but ended up settling for a field goal. Then the Titans got the ball inside the Panthers' 20 on a fumble by Devin Funchess, and Mariota capped his day with a four-yard touchdown to Delanie Walker on a corner route. The third-year quarterback's passes were on point and he kept a zone read for a nine-yard gain. Mariota is without question one of the best mid-late round quarterback targets in fantasy drafts.

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Marcus Mariota goes 2/3 for 15 yards in Week 1 of the preseason against the Jets.

Mariota also had a six-yard carry. His best play was a 15-yard pass to Rishard Matthews, where Mariota rolled out to his right and threw a strike on the run. Mariota could play more in Week 2 of the preseason next Saturday against the Panthers at 3:00 PM ET (on NFL Network).

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Marcus Mariota says he tried to get better from the pocket this offseason.

Tennessee's franchise quarterback was on SiriusXM NFL Radio and said he realizes the best quarterbacks play from the pocket. It's very wise of Mariota, who is a gifted athlete, to know most winning quarterbacks play from the pocket and throw the ball consistently accurately. Luckily, Mariota is an accurate thrower with a quick release and has no problem playing from the pocket, but it's refreshing that he knows he should work at his game despite his natural ability. Titans head coach Mike Mularkey was also on SiriusXM NFL Radio, and he said they put more on his plate this season in terms of changing the play to get the offense in a good position for success. Mariota is currently ranked as a top ten fantasy quarterback option on NFL.com and outside of the top ten quarterbacks on ESPN.

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Marcus Mariota will play in the Titans' first preseason game on Saturday.

Mariota, who is 100% recovered from his fractured leg suffered on Christmas Eve last year, will be full-go for the first preseason game—the first time he can be hit since his injury last year. Head coach Mike Mularkey didn't say how long his quarterback will play, but it's still a great sign and shows Mariota is definitely over the fractured leg. Tight end Delanie Walker says the team's "biggest key" is to protect Mariota and not allow him to be touched this preseason. Don't look for the Titans to use Mariota on designed runs too much on Saturday or for the rest of the preseason.

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Marcus Mariota will play at 215 pounds this season, going against the team's suggestion.

The Titans want Mariota to play around 225-230, but according to Paul Kuharsky, Mariota's trainer Ryan Flaherty has been trying to get Mariota to play at 215 and the quarterback has finally agreed with him. Flaherty's reasoning is that he plays the fastest at 215 and defenders "can't hit what they can't catch," adding that quarterbacks normally get injured by getting hit, so they want to avoid those hits. They are focusing on Mariota being "leaner and lighter," which is great as long as he has good flexibility and pliability to avoid the serious injuries. The team might not be too thrilled about this, but Mariota should be lighter and at his best this season. The arrow is pointing way up for the third-year quarterback, and it wouldn't be surprising to see him vault among the NFL's elite soon.

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Marcus Mariota took full team snaps in Titans' OTAs today.

This reportedly was a surprise and not expected. Mariota appears to be progressing well from his leg injury, and it's looking like he should be 100% for training camp.

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Marcus Mariota is participating in Titans' OTAs on a limited basis.

The team is still taking it slow with their young quarterback and he's not running at full speed, but it's a good sign that Mariota is taking some snaps. Mariota said he wasn't sure he'd be able to participate in OTAs four months ago after he sustained his broken leg, so his recovery has gone better than expected. Heading into his third season, even limited work will be helpful for Mariota, who's trying to continue his ascension as one of the top quarterbacks in the league.

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Titans head coach Mike Mularkey said Marcus Mariota is still not running full speed.

This isn't too much of a concern. They are just taking it slow with their young franchise quarterback. Mariota is almost certain to be 100% for training camp at the latest.

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Marcus Mariota told WGFX-FM in Nashville that he's about one or two weeks away from full running, according to NFL.com.

Mariota is already jogging and looks to be walking around perfectly fine. It's looking like Mariota should be 100% for training camp. Mariota is among the biggest breakout candidates this season.

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Marcus Mariota appears to be walking easy and without any issues.

Mariota is speaking at the Titans' complex as the team reports for offseason activities. He said his fibula injury wasn't even that painful and he thought he just rolled his ankle. Mariota hasn't run yet, but it's smart to take it slow (and the plan all along has been to take it slow). He'll continue to rehab and will absolutely be ready for the regular season, and it looks like he should be 100% at some point in training camp, if not for the start of it.

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Marcus Mariota is out of his walking boot, told khon 2 that he is "in a good spot" in his recovery.

Mariota said if the rehab remains on track, he'll be ready to go "when fall comes around." The possibility of missing some reps this offseason (and possibly through part of training camp), along with the Titans run-heavy offense, may slightly limit his upside, but his upside is still massive as he enters his third season in the league. Mariota is one of the better value targets in 2017 fantasy drafts.

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Titans will be "very cautious" with Marcus Mariota (fibula); likely to hold him out until training camp.

Head coach Mike Mularkey appeared on The Midday 180 on 104.5 The Zone, and he said that Mariota is on schedule in terms of his recovery, but they are "likely" to hold him out until training camp. If Mariota does miss OTAs and minicamps, it obviously would be less than ideal, but nevertheless Mariota should have a big third season in the NFL.

Marcus Mariota has a broken fibula according head coach Mike Mularkey.

This is just a brutal blow to the Titans' season. After losing 38-17 to the Jags, Tennessee is now 8-7 and will rely on Matt Cassell next week against the Texans in a game that will potentially decide the AFC South winner. Even if they are able to make the playoffs, the Titans probably are looking at a first round exit. Mariota will be ready for 2017. He finished this season with 3,327 yards, 25 touchdowns, and seven interceptions. He also rushed for 346 yards and two scores. You should draft him as a QB1 next year.

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Marcus Mariota carted off with apparent foot/lower leg injury against the Jaguars.

Without speculating too much, it did appear to be a potentially serious injury by the look on Mariota's face on the cart—and the fact that they had to bring the cart out for Mariota who is a tough player. They also had to put an air cast on Mariota's foot/ankle. This is obviously a huge blow to the 8-6 Titans fighting for the AFC South. The Jaguars are currently up 25-10 on Tennessee. We will update you on Mariota's status.

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Titans get huge win against the Chiefs; improve to 8-6.

Marcus Mariota was 19/33 for 241 yards, one interception, and one lost fumble in the win. The interception was a great play by Ron Parker who came over and made a nice leaping catch to pick off Mariota. It's back-to-back games with single digits fantasy points for Mariota, but he should be a good QB1 next week against Jacksonville.

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Mariota completes just six passes in win over Broncos.

The second-year quarterback was 6/20 for 88 yards, zero touchdowns, and zero turnovers, adding eight carries for 38 yards. Mariota did enough to get the win with 13 first half points, but no one expected him to have so little success, even against Denver. Hopefully you benched him. The Titans travel to Arrowhead to face the Chiefs in Week 15, where Mariota will be a low-end QB1.

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Marcus Mariota was 15/23 for 226 yards and two touchdowns, adding four carries for 46 yards in Sunday's 27-21 win over the Bears.

Mariota connected with Rishard Matthews and Delanie Walker for his scores. The now 6-6 Titans head into their Week 13 bye tied with the Texans in wins in the AFC South, and would be tied in first place if Houston loses to Green Bay on Sunday. Mariota obviously need to stay on your roster through the bye week, but he has a tough matchup with Denver in Week 14.

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Marcus Mariota keeps it going in Week 11 Titans’ loss.

Mariota was 25/38 for 290 yards and two touchdowns. He also added 29 rushing yards on five carries. Mariota is playing as well as any quarterback in the league right now. This is what we expected coming into this year. Mariota will be a top five option next week against the Bears.

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Marcus Mariota dominates Packers, win 47-25 to move to 5-5.

Mariota was 19/26 for 295 yards and four touchdowns. He also rushed four times for eight yards. After a slow start to the season, Mariota is looking like an elite fantasy quarterback. He will be a top-5 option this Sunday in a big AFC South game against the Colts.

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