Marcus Mariota struggled in his first preseason game of 2019 vs the Philadelphia Eagles, but don’t expect that to continue.
I realize it has been just a single preseason game and that Head Coach Mike Vrabel wants to see what has. However, after struggling against the Philadelphia Eagles and going just 4 for 8 in the first series for 24 yards, is it time to be concerned about Marcus Mariota.
One would think that he would see more than one series, but perhaps not. I understand the need to get newly acquired Quarterback Ryan Tannehill the ball. Tannehill showed up and showed out vs the Philadelphia Eagles helping Tennessee to a 27-10 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. Tannehill finished the game 12 for 16 for 120 yards and two touchdowns.
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While Marcus Mariota is clearly the starting quarterback for Tennessee, where was his protection on the opening drive? It was hard to find. Following Mariota and Tannehill, Logan Woodside helped take Philadelphia to the woodshed even more (sorry, had to) adding two additional touchdowns and finishing the game 15 for 20 in what amounted to mop-up duty against the third and fourth string defense of the Eagles.
As the NFL Preseason continues this week, I expect that Marcus Mariota to have a better game in Live Action. The Tennessee Titans will face the New England Patriots on Saturday night. Similar to Mariota, I expect that New England will play Quarterback Tom Brady for a series or two before seeing what they have behind their star signal-caller.
Marcus Mariota is the Starting Quarterback for the Tennessee Titans. It will take more than a preseason game for him to lose his position after a week. I expect he will complete more passes and add a touchdown or two against a New England Patriots Defense that is also playing like it is week two of the NFL Preseason.
The Tennessee Titans host the New England Patriots on Saturday at 4 pm at Nissan Stadium. The game will not be televised to a national audience.