May 31, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans assistant coach Shawn Jefferson (right) works with wide receivers Diondre Borel (left) and Marc Mariani (center) during organized team activities at Baptist Sports Park. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

Making the 2013-14 Tennessee Titans Week 1 Roster: Marc Mariani, WR

Talk about a hard knock life. Approximately 10 months after a gruesome leg injury, Tennessee Titans wide receiver Marc Mariani continues to gain confidence in his recovery. Head coach Mike Munchak has been amazed with his progress. According to The Tennessean, Munchak claimed:

“I am sure he feels limited, but he has been amazing. I know he is not feeling 100 percent yet, but he is pushing through it.”

What an impressive comeback for the former Pro Bowl return specialist. What’s his reward? A small opportunity to regain the returner job that Darius Reynaud won last season. Reynaud returned three kicks/punts for touchdowns.

Mariani has never shown much as a wide receiver. That will probably have to change if he wants to remain employed in Nashville. As a bottom-tier roster player, it helps that he’s such a valuable component on special teams. The problem is that his value comes as a return specialist. From the past couple of seasons, the modifications from the kickoff rule have devalued backup returners. For Mariani, it also doesn’t help that Khalid Wooten could serve as an emergency returner.

Nate Washington and Damian Williams are far more established as receivers. Unless one of those two players miss the cut, then Mariani will compete with Michael Preston and Kevin Walter for the No. 6 spot. That’s assuming they keep six receivers.

How do our readers feel about Mariani? As of today, does Mariani make the roster? Answer in the poll below.

Monday: Nate Washington
Tuesday: Damian Williams
Wednesday: Michael Preston
Thursday: Marc Mariani
Friday: Kevin Walter
Saturday: (Blank)
Sunday: Review

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