On the opening day of Fall Camp for the 2019 season, Marcus Mariota was front and center and sounding focused.
Mariota spoke about the little things like presnap penalties that can become big things in a game. The former Oregon Football Quarterback will also reset the pace and be more aggressive. He is entering the final season of his rookie contract which means there will be decisions to make at the end of the year.
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Of course, Mariota has had times of struggle from changing Head Coaches to injuries in his first four seasons with the team that drafted him out of Oregon. He has also had some highlight level plays with his feet as well as his arm. One area the team addressed in the offseason was the Offensive Line.
Jake Conklin spent the offseason rehabbing a knee injury and looks ready to prove himself according to Mariota. Right Tackle is a key spot on the line. He played in just nine games last season after tearing an ACL in 2017 is this season should be back closer to 100 percent.
Unfortunately Left Tackle Taylor Lewan is facing a four-game suspension to open the season for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs, which he plans to appeal. Mariota spoke of guys they will be able to lean on in his absence to begin the year.
One area of the game where Marcus Mariota improved this offseason is his weight. He has added another ten pounds to his playing weight that should sit around 230 when the team takes the field.
Tennessee Titans Head Coach Mike Vrabel spoke to the team about how he wants them to play and there were three keywords: fast, aggressive, and clean. Three words that Mariota knows well from playing at Oregon.
The Titans are less than two weeks away from their preseason opener against the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday, August 8th. Kickoff is set for 4:30 pm Pacific Time.