Marcus Mariota
Marcus Mariota
25-Year-Old QuarterbackQB
Tennessee Titans
2018 Fantasy Outlook
After a promising second year, Mariota regressed heavily in his third season. He threw more interceptions than touchdowns, saw his YPA drop by half a yard and failed to top 250 yards passing 10 times in 15 games. His downfield passing reverted to the struggles he had as a rookie, arguably worse. He took fewer than three shots per game beyond 20 yards downfield, completing only 25.6 percent (27th) with a 42.4 passer rating, 32nd among the 34 quarterbacks with at least 20 attempts. Part of the problem was a heavy emphasis on the running game - the Titans ranked sixth in rushing percentage - at the expense of the passing game. That should be corrected this season with the arrival of offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur, the former Rams OC. A big part of LaFleur's offense is play-action, which should suit Mariota well after he led the league in passer rating (122.8) and yards per attempt (11.1) on play-action passes last season. Mariota intends to tweak his mechanics, too, as sloppy footwork led to passes sailing or dying, causing incompletions and interceptions. Health will go a long way. Mariota has not played a full season; last year a hamstring strain held him out Week 5 and limited his mobility the next few games. Delanie Walker, Rishard Matthews and Corey Davis provide upside for the passing game, and this offseason the Titans added pass-catching back Dion Lewis. It's time for Mariota to fulfill his potential. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $24.21 million contract with the Titans in July of 2015.
Adds weight to stay healthy
QBTennessee Titans
April 15, 2019
Mariota put on five to 10 pounds during the offseason, Turron Davenport of ESPN.com reports. "I'm a little bit heavier," Mariota said Monday. "When it comes down to it, being able to absorb the hits and be healthy for a full year, those things haven't happened yet."
ANALYSIS
Mariota has missed at least one game in each of his four NFL seasons and is coming off a 2018 campaign marred by injuries to his neck, right elbow, right shoulder, back, oblique, rib and foot. He played 14 games (13 starts) en route to finishing the year with career highs for rushing yards (357) and completion percentage (68.9), but his injuries forced the Titans into an uber-conservative approach at times. The team spent big money this offseason on slot receiver Adam Humphries and guard Rodger Saffold to help new offensive coordinator Arthur Smith, who was promoted within the organization and plains to retain Matt LaFleur's terminology. The Titans hope extra weight will help Mariota stay healthy, but they've also hedged their bets with the addition of backup quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Despite the long list of injuries from last year, Mariota said he won't have any limitations during the offseason program.
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How do Marcus Mariota's 2018 advanced stats compare to other quarterbacks?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Bad Pass %
    The percentage of passes that were considered to be poorly thrown.
  • Avg Target Depth
    The average number of yards thrown per pass by the quarterback – including incomplete passes.
  • Sack Rate
    The percentage of dropbacks where the quartback was sacked. The longer the bar below, the more often they are sacked relative to other QBs.
  • Avg Receiver YAC
    The average number of yards after the catch that receivers gained on passes thrown by this quarterback.
  • Receiver Drop %
    The percentage of passes dropped by receivers on passes thrown by this quarterback. The longer the bar, the more sure-handed his receivers have been.
Bad Pass %
16.0%
 
Avg Target Depth
7.6 Yds
 
Sack Rate
11.3%
 
Avg Receiver YAC
5.9 Yds
 
Receiver Drop %
4.8%
 
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How do Marcus Mariota's measurables compare to other quarterbacks?
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Height
6' 4"
 
Weight
222 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.52 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.11 sec
 
Cone Drill
6.87 sec
 
Vertical Jump
36.0 in
 
Broad Jump
121 in
 
Hand Length
9.88 in
 
Arm Length
32.00 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
2015
Mariota's second season ended in Week 16 last year with a fractured right fibula. While he was not yet running full speed at May workouts, he is expected to be ready for training camp. His rookie season ended with a sprained MCL in his knee, and durability looks to be his only issue. After struggling on deep throws as a rookie, Mariota made a big jump in accuracy last year on attempts of more than 20 yards, taking his completion rate from 22.5 percent (33rd) as a rookie to 39.1 percent (15th). His QB rating soared from 50.6 (29th) to 117.4 (4th) on deep throws. Improved line play helped his sacks drop from 38 to 23 despite 66 more dropbacks. A vastly better running game and the addition of WR Rishard Matthews contributed to his growth. Those pieces, and standout TE Delanie Walker, are in place again, and the Titans added speedy 6-3 WR Corey Davis with the fifth overall pick, giving Mariota a playmaker on the outside. Davis could become Mariota's go-to in the red zone, where the QB has thrown 33 TDs without a pick. The 6-4 Mariota is an exceptional athlete with the speed and quickness to make plays with his legs (sixth in QB rushing yards last year), but the Titans could limit his running to avoid exposing him to hits. That's about the only drawback, though, as Mariota looks poised to jump into the top 10 of fantasy QBs.
The second overall pick in the 2015 draft, Mariota found himself under center in Week 1 and stole all the headlines by throwing four TDs before halftime, finishing his debut with a perfect passer rating while only playing three quarters in a rout. It was mostly downhill from there, though, as various injuries limited him to 12 games and unimpressive passing totals. An extremely gifted athlete, Mariota could become the league's most dangerous scrambler not named Cam Newton, and he also has a quick release and excellent footwork, albeit with merely adequate arm strength. That lack of elite arm strength, as well as a lack of elite receivers, led to Mariota posting a poor 58.3 QB rating on passes of 15-plus yards. The question now for 2016 is how much he'll be allowed to do under center. Sacked 38 times —a rate that would have tied Blake Bortles over 16 games as the league's most-sacked QB — Mariota should have better protection after the Titans drafted tackle Jack Conklin eighth overall. The team also traded for DeMarco Murray and drafted Derrick Henry in the second round, and while an improved rushing attack will take significant pressure off Mariota and perhaps keep him healthier, it also signals a shift in offensive philosophy that could limit his pass attempts and fantasy ceiling.
The only knock on Mariota coming out of college — and the biggest reason he was drafted second behind Jameis Winston — is he played in a spread attack at Oregon. Mariota was rarely asked to make multiple reads or throw into tight windows. How long it takes him to adjust to that aspect of quarterbacking is anyone's guess, but he is expected to start Week 1. Mariota is a rare athlete who posted elite marks in drill after drill at the Combine, including a 4.52 40. The 2014 Heisman Trophy winner is the ideal dual-threat QB: both quick and fast, strong-armed, throws well on the run, agile, accurate and intelligent. The Titans said they plan to tailor their offense to fit Mariota's skills. Tennessee's receivers are more steady than explosive, but second-round pick Dorial Green-Beckham has the potential to be a size/speed playmaker right away at 6-5, 237, with a 4.49 40. The 6-4 Justin Hunter provides another big target, and last year's leading receivers, Kendall Wright and Delanie Walker, are reliable, while newcomers Harry Douglas and Hakeem Nicks are savvy veterans who can help.
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Recovering from numerous injuries
QBTennessee Titans
Neck
March 26, 2019
Mariota (neck) dealt with a slew of injuries that flew under the radar in 2018, including a sprained AC joint in his shoulder, a cracked vertebra, a strained oblique, a broken rib and a significant tear of the plantar fascia in his foot, Paul Kuharsky of 104.5 The Zone Nashville reports.
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Joined by Tannehill in Nashville
QBTennessee Titans
Neck
March 15, 2019
The Titans are trading for Ryan Tannehill, who could challenge Mariota (neck) for playing time if the 25-year-old struggles in 2019, Erik Bacharach of The Nashville Tennessean reports.
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On pace for OTAs
QBTennessee Titans
Neck
February 28, 2019
Head coach Mike Vrabel said Mariota (neck) is on pace to be ready for OTAs in April, Erik Bacharach of the Nashville Tennessean reports.
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Facing smooth transition
QBTennessee Titans
Neck
January 23, 2019
Mariota (neck/foot) will work with the same playbook terminology in 2019 after the Titans promoted Arthur Smith to replace the departed Matt LaFleur as their offensive coordinator, Jim Wyatt of the team's official site reports.
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Told not to play by doctor
QBTennessee Titans
Neck
December 31, 2018
A spine doctor told Mariota (neck/foot) he shouldn't play in Sunday's game against the Colts, Paul Kuharsky of 104.5 The Zone Nashville reports.
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