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Titans | Marcus Mariota sharp in finale

Thu, 03 Sep 2015 19:19:35 -0700

Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota finished 2-of-3 for 74 yards and a touchdown in his only series against the Minnesota Vikings in the preseason Thursday, Sept. 3.

Fantasy Tip: Mariota finished the preseason 21-of-30 for 326 yards and a passing rating of 102.9. He will likely find life a little harder in the regular season in his rookie year, and he should be drafted a mid-range QB2.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: TitansOnline.com - Jim Wyatt

Titans | Marcus Mariota expected to go Thursday

Thu, 03 Sep 2015 10:32:47 -0700

Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota is expected to start the final preseason game Thursday, Sept. 3.

Fantasy Tip: He's not expected to play much. Mariota has been solid this preseason, but growing pains are expected. He's a mid-to-low QB2.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: The Tennessean - John Glennon

Titans | Dorial Green-Beckham a red zone threat?

Wed, 02 Sep 2015 17:55:32 -0700

The Tennessee Titans are hopeful to use WR Dorial Green-Beckham in the red zone catching frequent scoring passes from fellow rookie QB Marcus Mariota. Green has managed just five grabs for 72 yards in two preseason games with most of his targets on short routes.

Fantasy Tip: DGB has tremendous size, but he needs to be a downfield threat and red zone target for the team. FantasyScore owners might really love him at some point, perhaps as early as this season, but we saw this movie last year with Justin Hunter and despite his size he never materialized as a great vertical threat.

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Titans | Marcus Mariota may not play Thursday

Mon, 31 Aug 2015 11:30:57 -0700

Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota said he is not sure if he will play in the final preseason game Thursday, Sept. 3.

Fantasy Tip: Mariota likely would see limited time if he does play in the final preseason game. He was a bit inconsistent during the preseason but will enter the season as the starter. Mariota should be considered as a low-end No. 2 quarterback in most leagues this season.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: TitansOnline.com - Jim Wyatt

Titans | Marcus Mariota wants to improve

Wed, 26 Aug 2015 13:34:52 -0700

Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota and the rest of the offense want to improve on third-down conversions and finishing drives Friday, Aug. 28, against the Kansas City Chiefs. Mariota said the Titans could have done a lot better on third downs in their last game against the St. Louis Rams. Mariota added that he wants the team to build on not turning the ball over, getting first downs, playing with rhythm and building chemistry.

Fantasy Tip: It's not that Mariota played poorly last week; he just could have led some more fruitful drives. There will obviously be some growing pains for Mariota. He can't be expected to play flawlessly in just his second preseason game. Be patient with Mariota, and don't draft him as your starting fantasy quarterback.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: The Tennessean - John Glennon

Titans | Marcus Mariota solid in second start

Sun, 23 Aug 2015 18:49:20 -0700

Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota completed five of his eight pass attempts for 59 yards in a preseason game against the St. Louis Rams Sunday, Aug. 23.

Fantasy Tip: After an eventful debut that featured a couple of turnovers, Mariota avoided mistakes in his second start. The rookie should improve as the year goes on, but don’t expect him to be more than a low-end QB2.

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Titans | Marcus Mariota runs option play

Sun, 16 Aug 2015 17:54:15 -0700

Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota ran an option-based play during practice Sunday, Aug. 16. Operating out of shotgun, Mariota faked a handoff to RB Bishop Sankey before sprinting to the left and throwing a slightly forward pass to WR Harry Douglas.

Fantasy Tip: The coaching staff has said it plans to install some plays that take advantage of Mariota's running ability, but despite the added dynamic, he should still be viewed as a low-end QB2 this season.

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Titans | Zach Mettenberger solid in relief

Fri, 14 Aug 2015 18:33:47 -0700

Tennessee Titans QB Zach Mettenberger replaced QB Marcus Mariota early in the second quarter and went 8-for-11 passing for 129 yards with a touchdown and an interception in a preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons Friday, Aug. 14.

Fantasy Tip: Unless something happens to Mariota, Mettenberger can be left on the waiver wire to start 2015.

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Titans | Rough start for Marcus Mariota

Fri, 14 Aug 2015 18:09:43 -0700

Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota threw an interception and lost a fumble on his first two drives in a preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons Friday, Aug. 14. He finished 7-of-8 for 94 yards and did not run the ball.

Fantasy Tip: It was a rude awakening for Mariota, who had yet to turn the ball over during training camp. He did settle down nicely, but the rough start is a reminder that the rookie should still be viewed as a low-end QB2 in his rookie season.

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Titans | Marcus Mariota looking good at camp

Fri, 14 Aug 2015 14:08:31 -0700

Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota has shown good knowledge of the playbook and skill during practice and still has not turned the ball over since the start of camp.

Fantasy Tip: Mariota likely will have an inconsistent season since will be starting as a rookie. Mariota could add fantasy value because of his ability to run the ball, but he probably will not be more than a No. 2 quarterback in most leagues.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: NFL.com - Adam Schein

Titans | Marcus Mariota struggles Friday

Fri, 07 Aug 2015 12:36:41 -0700

Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota went 9-for-17 during team drills at practice Friday, Aug. 7, which included four straight incompletions. He has gone 77-for-119 in team drills during training camp but still has not thrown an interception.

Fantasy Tip: Mariota likely will struggle at times this season since he is a rookie, but he will keep the starting job for a while. He should not be seen as more than a low-end No. 2 quarterback in most fantasy leagues.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: ESPN.com - Paul Kuharsky

Titans | Marcus Mariota delivers under pressure

Thu, 06 Aug 2015 19:13:54 -0700

Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota impressed head coach Ken Whisenhunt with a sideline throw to WR Kendall Wright during training camp Thursday, Aug. 6. "Great throw," Whisenhunt said. "That was really good. The defense was really coming after us today with the pressure, and that's really about as close of a test as you're going to get to what you'll see in a game. It was good to see him step up and make that throw."

Fantasy Tip: Mariota is off to a solid start in camp, but don't expect him to be more than a backup quarterback for fantasy purposes in his rookie season.

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Titans | Hakeem Nicks turns heads in Nashville

Wed, 05 Aug 2015 18:32:12 -0700

Tennessee Titans WR Hakeem Nicks has developed a rapport with QB Marcus Mariota early on in training camp, and could end up ahead of WRs Harry Douglas, Justin Hunter and Dorial Green-Beckham on the depth chart.

Fantasy Tip: The Nicks addition went unnoticed by many after his disappointment in Indianapolis, but he blamed the scheme for his lack of production. It sounds like things are on the up and up for Nicks in Nashville, but there is still a long way to go before he can be considered as anything more than a late-round flier in deeper fantasy formats.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: NFL.com - Gregg Rosenthal

Titans | Marcus Mariota not throwing INTs

Wed, 05 Aug 2015 12:48:36 -0700

Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota has not thrown any interceptions during the first five practices of training camp.

Fantasy Tip: Mariota will need plenty of reps to prepare for the regular season, and this is a good start for him. Mariota likely will run into problems during his rookie season and should not be considered as more than a No. 2 quarterback in leagues.

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Titans | Marcus Mariota showing accuracy

Tue, 04 Aug 2015 05:10:18 -0700

Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota went his fourth consecutive practice Monday, Aug. 3, without throwing an interception. Unofficially, Mariota is 49-for-73 (67.0%) in seven-on-seven and team drills after four days. He missed a couple of throws in red zone drills, but he bounced back to go 3-for-3 in another red zone session.

Fantasy Tip: Mariota is off to a good start, but he's still more of a midrange QB2 with some upside in fantasy.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: The Tennessean - John Glennon

Titans | Marcus Mariota solid in first practice

Fri, 31 Jul 2015 12:35:10 -0700

Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota went 13-for-18 with zero interceptions during team drills at practice Friday, July 31. He was able to use a hard count to make the defense jump offside twice during drills.

Fantasy Tip: Mariota will be the starting quarterback this season and should see solid playing time during the preseason. Mariota may be a No. 2 quarterback in deeper leagues since he probably will have some struggles during the regular season.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: ESPN.com - Paul Kuharsky

Titans | Marcus Mariota will start in 2015

Thu, 30 Jul 2015 12:12:59 -0700

Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota will be starting quarterback this season, according to head coach Ken Whisenhunt.

Fantasy Tip: Mariota was expected to start this season, and Whisenhunt confirmed the decision. Mariota likely will struggle during the season like most rookie quarterbacks do, so he should not be more than a No. 2 fantasy quarterback at this point.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: TitansOnline.com - Jim Wyatt

Titans | Marcus Mariota's terms

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 18:12:04 -0700

Updating a previous story, Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota's rookie deal is for four years and $24.2 million. The deal came with a $15.9 million signing bonus.

Fantasy Tip: Mariota should provide some consistency at the helm of a team that started three different quarterbacks one year ago.

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Titans | Marcus Mariota's contract a compromise

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 17:20:26 -0700

Updating a previous story, Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota's rookie deal only contains partial offset language, per a source Tuesday, July 21.

Fantasy Tip: Offset language had been the sticking point in negotiations, so this should be viewed as a win by Mariota's reps. Either way, Mariota and the rest of the Titans can now enter training camp without distractions surrounding their face-of-the-franchise quarterback.

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NFL | All first-round picks signed

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 16:47:53 -0700

With Tennesee Titans QB Marcus Mariota signing his contract Tuesday, July 21, all first-round draft picks from the 2015 NFL Draft have signed with their respective teams.

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Titans | Marcus Mariota agrees to deal

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 16:32:53 -0700

Tennessee Titans rookie QB Marcus Mariota agreed to terms on his rookie contract Tuesday, July 21. Terms were not disclosed.

Fantasy Tip: Mariota was the last first-round pick to get his deal done. The completion of the deal comes right before training camp, so now Mariota can really focus on working with his teammates. He is expected to start right away for the Titans, but shouldn't be viewed as a starting fantasy quarterback just yet.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

Titans | Offset language for Marcus Mariota?

Tue, 14 Jul 2015 16:57:35 -0700

Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota's rookie contract will contain offset language, according to team president Steve Underwood. Underwood said it's important to have the offset language in place because it sets the precedent for the next round of players' contracts.

Fantasy Tip: Mariota is still the only rookie not to sign his rookie deal. Once he does sign, he is still expected to be the starting quarterback. Mariota's dual-threat ability gives him added value, but he should still be drafted as a QB2.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: ESPN.com - Paul Kuharsky

Titans | Marcus Mariota's accuracy helping WRs

Fri, 03 Jul 2015 19:01:30 -0700

Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota will help make the receivers more dynamic because of his "unbelievable accuracy," according to WR Harry Douglas. "If you have an accurate quarterback, it allows us to get more yards after that catch," Douglas said.

Fantasy Tip: A successful year from Mariota will undoubtedly lead to a boost in the production for Tennessee's receivers. However, it remains to be seen what the pecking order will be and which receiver will become Mariota's go-to option. Kendall Wright and tight end Delanie Walker are the safest bets and should be drafted in all formats, but Justin Hunter and Dorial Green-Beckham also have some late-round upside.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: ESPN.com - Paul Kuharsky

Titans | Marcus Mariota contract update

Thu, 02 Jul 2015 15:50:54 -0700

Updating previous reports, Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota's rookie deal is not being held up because of a supposed clause that would forbid him from surfing, according to a source. Mariota has not signed his contract yet due to differences in contract language, according Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.

Fantasy Tip: Mariota will get a deal done eventually. He's expected to start immediately for the Titans and should be drafted as a backup fantasy quarterback.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: NFL.com - Chris Wesseling

Titans | GM not worried about Marcus Mariota

Thu, 25 Jun 2015 13:55:27 -0700

Tennessee Titans general manager Ruston Webster told media he would not mind if QB Marcus Mariota missed a few days of training camp and that it would not be a big deal if he held out. There is a piece of language in the contract holding up what should be a four-year deal worth $21 million.

Fantasy Tip: There are five weeks until training camp starts, so do not expect this to be a big issue. Mariota should be ready as a QB2 at the start of the season.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: NFL.com - Gregg Rosenthal

Titans | Marcus Mariota may not run as often

Wed, 24 Jun 2015 12:00:52 -0700

Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota will be allowed to run at times this season in order to keep opponents on their heels, but head coach Ken Whisenhunt may want to limit Mariota's runs so he can avoid injury. "The league does a good job trying to protect quarterbacks, but any time a quarterback takes off with the ball there's a risk," Whisenhunt said. "Then again, anytime anyone has the ball there's a risk, so I don't think you can get too caught up in it. You just have to be smart. Obviously you don't want him having 30 carries a game because then you really increase that risk."

Fantasy Tip: Mariota likely will enter training camp as the leading candidate for the starting quarterback job. Mariota has some added fantasy value because of his ability to run but still should not be more than a No. 2 fantasy quarterback this season.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: The Tennessean - John Glennon

Titans | Marcus Mariota deal being held up

Tue, 23 Jun 2015 18:01:10 -0700

Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota is projected to receive a $21 million deal over four years which will be guaranteed by the team. However, he remains the only unsigned first-round draft pick due to a delay finalizing the deal due to a disagreement over offset language.

Fantasy Tip: Mariota is expected to start, and the two sides have five weeks to hammer out a deal. Once he is in the mix he will be a decent QB2 for fantasy owners, and he could emerge as a low-end QB1 by season's end if he makes a smooth transition from college to the pros.

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Titans | Marcus Mariota ready for camp

Tue, 23 Jun 2015 15:29:28 -0700

Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota said he has been working on learning the playbook and is ready for whatever head coach Ken Whisenhunt asks him to do during training camp.

Fantasy Tip: Mariota should enter training camp as the leading candidate for the starting quarterback job and should win the competition as long as he does not struggle during the preseason. Mariota likely will not be more than a No. 2 quarterback in deeper fantasy leagues this season.

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Titans | Marcus Mariota not worried about deal

Tue, 23 Jun 2015 15:12:46 -0700

Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota said he is not worried about his contract situation even though he is only first-round draft pick unsigned at the moment. The two sides do not appear to be close to a deal at this point.

Fantasy Tip: Mariota still has around five weeks to agree to a deal, so he should report for the start of training camp in July. Mariota likely will be the starting quarterback for the Titans this season but should only be seen as a No. 2 quarterback in deeper leagues this season.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: FOXSports.com - Alex Marvez

Titans | Marcus Mariota last 1st-rounder unsigned

Fri, 19 Jun 2015 15:20:28 -0700

Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota is the only unsigned first-round draft pick as of Friday, June 19. Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean said a deal will get done and that there's plenty of time to do so before training camp commences.

Fantasy Tip: There hasn't really been any indication as to why it's taking so long to get a deal done. He's expected to start right away in his rookie year and has impressed this offseason, but he should still be regarded as a backup fantasy quarterback.

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Titans | Marcus Mariota showing nice accuracy

Tue, 09 Jun 2015 10:37:17 -0700

Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota has received nothing but rave reviews during the team's offseason workouts, and wide receivers coach Shawn Jefferson was the latest to praise the young quarterback, saying "he is deadly accurate." "No. 1, it's his accuracy. No. 2, he's come in and grasped the offense. And No. 3 is the way the guys respond to him, the way he's able to go in that huddle and take control," Jefferson said. Mariota is developing a rapport with all of the team's receivers during workouts, and the wideouts love working with him.

Fantasy Tip: Take all of the offseason praise on the rookie with a grain of salt. Most top-tier athletes look great without pads during non-contact drills. It's promising for Mariota, who many believe will struggled to adapt to a pro-style offense coming from a spread attack in college. Regardless of how good he looks now, he's sure to have big ups and downs in his rookie season. The offseason praise shouldn't convince you to value him as anything more than a weak QB2 in 2015.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: ESPN.com - Paul Kuharsky

Titans | Marcus Mariota to run shotgun

Mon, 08 Jun 2015 15:02:32 -0700

Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota will have his transition to the NFL helped along by joining a Titans team that ranked sixth in the league in snaps out of the shotgun in 2014. Titans quarterbacks coach John McNulty said the team would prefer to operate from the shotgun formation "probably 50 or 60" percent of the time in 2015.

Fantasy Tip: Mariota excelled in the spread offense out of the shotgun formation at Oregon, and the Titans seem to want to use a similar system. Mariota should be able to stay healthier, and he'll be able to use his mobility this season. If both those cases materialize, Mariota could emerge as a FantasyScore option or a bye-week stream option later in the season.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: The Tennessean - Jim Wyatt

Titans | Marcus Mariota performing well

Mon, 08 Jun 2015 11:17:08 -0700

Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota has shown impressive arm strength and confidence in running the offense during organized team activities, in the opinion of The Tennessean's Jim Wyatt.

Fantasy Tip: Mariota probably will compete with Zach Mettenberger for the starting quarterback job during training camp but likely is the leading candidate at this point. Mariota probably should be seen as a No. 2 fantasy quarterback at best if he wins the job.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: The Tennessean - Jim Wyatt

Titans | Marcus Mariota impressing

Mon, 08 Jun 2015 06:30:44 -0700

Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota has looked better than expected with his arm strength and confidence in the offense, according to beat writer Jim Wyatt.

Fantasy Tip: Mariota has promise, but we're not expecting a lot in Year 1. He's worth selecting as a midrange QB2 in dual-QB leagues.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: The Tennessean - Jim Wyatt

Titans | Marcus Mariota throwing well in OTAs

Tue, 02 Jun 2015 14:27:29 -0700

Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota has impressed during organized team activities, especially with throwing on the run. Quarterbacks coach John McNulty said Mariota is able to throw well while running because of his easy, natural athleticism. McNulty cited Mariota's footwork, fluidity and quick release as attributes that help him throw well on the move.

Fantasy Tip: Mariota is a stellar athlete, and when he can combine that athleticism with accuracy, it makes for a deadly combination. He'll still have some learning curves, naturally, as he becomes accustomed to professional football, but the talent and work ethic are there. Take Mariota as a QB2 in traditional formats.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: ESPN.com - Paul Kuharsky

Titans | TEN studying offenses for Marcus Mariota

Thu, 28 May 2015 15:00:05 -0700

Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota is receiving some aide this offseason as the Titans are trying to at least somewhat emulate the offensive styles of the Philadelphia Eagles, Miami Dolphins and Cincinnati Bengals. The Eagles and Dolphins follow an up-tempo style while the Bengals use more of a spread offense.

Fantasy Tip: The Titans are doing whatever it takes to make sure Mariota is comfortable with the offense in his inaugural NFL season. His dual-threat ability and a receiving corps that includes Kendall Wright, Justin Hunter and Hakeem Nicks should give Mariota plenty of opportunities to find success. He should still be drafted as a backup fantasy quarterback, however.

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Titans | Marcus Mariota impresses with speed

Wed, 27 May 2015 08:45:08 -0700

Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota has impressed teammates with his speed in their opening day of organized team activities Tuesday, May 26. Titans LB Zach Brown, who is known for his speed, was particularly impressed. "One time he took off – I was guarding Delanie (Walker) – and I turned around and I was like, 'Where is he?' He is fast. He impressed me. He is still a rookie and he has to learn, but he is a cool guy. I haven't seen him get frustrated yet," Brown said.

Fantasy Tip: Mariota will have to flop to lose the starting job. His raw athleticism should make him a QB2 with playability against the right teams. He's best left for daily play at FantasyScore.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: The Tennessean - Jim Wyatt

Titans | Marcus Mariota to work on deal

Sun, 17 May 2015 10:58:06 -0700

Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota is scheduled to begin contract talks with the team Monday, May 18, according to a source.

Fantasy Tip: Mariota has a good chance of winning the starting quarterback job over Zach Mettenberger during training camp. Even if he starts, Mariota is probably not more than a No. 2 fantasy quarterback in 2015.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Mike Florio

Titans | Dorial Green-Beckham connecting with QB

Fri, 15 May 2015 18:58:28 -0700

Tennessee Titans WR Dorial Green-Beckham said he sent a text to QB Marcus Mariota right after he was drafted and is trying to become close with the quarterback in a hurry. "I told him, every time you're in the weight room, make sure you bring me," Green-Beckham said.

Fantasy Tip: Green-Beckham has elite size and athleticism, but it remains to be seen if he can put a troubled college career behind him and succeed in the NFL. Still, his potential makes him worth a late-round flier in fantasy drafts.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: ESPN.com - Paul Kuharsky

Titans | Marcus Mariota comfortable under center

Fri, 15 May 2015 18:14:27 -0700

Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota said it was different being under center for the first time during rookie minicamp Friday, May 15, but added that he already feels comfortable in the offense.

Fantasy Tip: Mariota is expected to open the 2015 season as the starter, but there will likely be a lengthy adjustment period as he learns how to play in a pro-style offense. Consider him a low-end QB2, but he could make strides as the year goes on.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: The Associated Press - Terry McCormick

Titans | Marcus Mariota looking good so far

Fri, 15 May 2015 16:19:58 -0700

Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota survived his first rookie minicamp and impressed the coaches with his understanding of the playbook, according to head coach Ken Whisenhunt. Whisenhunt also doesn't think Mariota's smaller size will create a problem with him taking snaps under center after he participated in a spread offense in his college career. "I don't see that as a problem," Whisenhunt said of Mariota lining up under center. "He's put a lot of work in. He seems pretty good. I mean, until we get into a game and you get the A-gap blitzers in there or people are pressuring, you don't know how they are going to handle it."

Fantasy Tip: Mariota's strengths are his pure athleticism and smarts in the classroom, but will his undersized frame allow him to succeed in the NFL? It remains to be seen. What we do know is it'll be a work in progress in his rookie season, and plenty of growing pains are likely to come in 2015. Mariota is a low-end QB2 in fantasy leagues in his rookie season, with upside for more.

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Titans | Defense will test Marcus Mariota

Fri, 15 May 2015 09:13:21 -0700

Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota will be tested by his defense in training camp as assistant head coach Dick LeBeau is under direction to throw everything at the rookie that he can. All indications are that Mariota will have to fail miserably to lose the starting job in the preseason.

Fantasy Tip: The team has said the goal is for Mariota to start as a rookie. He'll have to fend off Zach Mettenberger, but Mariota rates as a midrange QB2.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: Yahoo! Sports - Charles Robinson

Titans | Zach Mettenberger to fight for job

Tue, 05 May 2015 10:56:09 -0700

Tennessee Titans QB Zach Mettenberger, who is now the backup quarterback to QB Marcus Mariota, did not demand a trade and is adamant about going to training camp with a chance to compete against Mariota for the starting job, according to OT Taylor Lewan. Mettenberger took part in the team's voluntary workout program last Friday and Monday, May 4. Mettenberger was 0-6 in his starts last year as a rookie and threw for 1,412 yards with eight touchdowns and seven interceptions. Lewan also said Mettenberger lost around 15 pounds this offseason and looks leaner and stronger.

Fantasy Tip: While Mettenberger isn't giving up and could wind up winning the job, it's all in the hands of Mariota now. It's his job to lose heading into Week 1, so Mettenberger won't be a viable fantasy option in fall drafts unless something drastic happens to Mariota.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: The Tennessean - Jim Wyatt

Titans | TEN offense tailored to Marcus Mariota

Tue, 05 May 2015 10:34:35 -0700

Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota is having the playbook tailored to him after the Titans drafted him with the No. 2 overall pick last week, according to general manager Ruston Webster. "Our coaches have been working on a plan for quite some time now for Marcus," Webster said. "Really to adapting our offense to his skill set -- he has a special skill set. There's really not much he can't do from a physical standpoint and he's very bright. That combination is going to allow him to do his own adapting to the NFL game but our coaches have worked very hard on coming up with a system within our system for Marcus. I think it will work well."

Fantasy Tip: Mariota is expected to be groomed in training camp this summer to be the Week 1 starter over Zach Mettenberger. It remains to be seen how effective Mariota can be while transitioning from a spread offense in college, but quarterback guru Ken Whisenhunt could make a big difference in helping Mariota excel early on. In any event, Mariota will have his ups and downs despite being extremely gifted physically and mentally. Consider him a low-end QB2 with potential for more in 2015.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: NFL.com - Kevin Patra

Titans | Zach Mettenberger wants to compete

Fri, 01 May 2015 11:20:18 -0700

Tennessee Titans QB Zach Mettenberger is not looking for a trade but does want the chance to compete with QB Marcus Mariota for the starting quarterback job, according to his agent.

Fantasy Tip: Mettenberger may receive the chance to compete for the job, but Mariota should be seen as the leading candidate at this time. Owners should watch the competition during training camp, but Mettenberger will not have any fantasy value if he is not the starter.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Titans | Tennessee plans to start Marcus Mariota

Thu, 30 Apr 2015 18:52:07 -0700

Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota is the planned starter from Day 1, head coach Ken Whisenhunt said Thursday, April 30.

Fantasy Tip: The Titans will have to find a balance between Mariota's dual-threat ability and Whisenhunt's more traditional pro-style offense, and there will likely be some growing pains. Assuming Mariota ends up opening the season as the starter, consider him a low-end QB2 with some upside.

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Titans | Marcus Mariota not likely to be traded

Thu, 30 Apr 2015 17:29:54 -0700

Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota is not expected to be traded after being selected with the No. 2 overall pick.

Fantasy Tip: Don't expect Mariota to come in and start for the Titans right away, as long as Zach Mettenberger is still in town. He needs time to acclimate to a new system and the change of pace at the NFL level. Mariota is more of a dynasty league/keeper league target at this point.

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Titans | Marcus Mariota selected second overall

Thu, 30 Apr 2015 17:19:25 -0700

Oregon QB Marcus Mariota was selected second overall by the Tennessee Titans in the 2015 NFL Draft Thursday, April 30.

Fantasy Tip: Plenty of questions surround Mariota as to whether he can succeed in the NFL after playing in a spread offense in college. His size is another question. With the Titans, he'll surely sit and learn the ropes behind Zach Mettenberger, to start. Mariota will strictly be a keeper-league target in 2015.

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Eagles | Philadelphia pursuing No. 1 overall pick

Thu, 30 Apr 2015 15:47:11 -0700

The Philadelphia Eagles are reportedly in talks with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers regarding the No. 1 overall selection, likely in hopes of landing Oregon QB Marcus Mariota. Philadelphia has been unable to strike a deal with the Tennessee Titans for the No. 2 overall pick.

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Browns | CLE not sold on Marcus Mariota

Thu, 30 Apr 2015 15:23:56 -0700

Oregon QB Marcus Mariota reportedly doesn't have the backing of everyone on the Cleveland Browns, according to a source. Head coach Mike Pettine said opinions are varied on the quarterback. The Browns have already reportedly offered their No. 12 and No. 19 overall picks for the Tennessee Titans' No. 2 overall pick.

Fantasy Tip: The Mariota train seems to be losing steam in Cleveland, but you never know. Wherever Mariota lands, he shouldn't be regarded as a starting fantasy quarterback right away.

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