Aug 23, 2015; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) passes the ball in traffic during the first half against the St. Louis Rams at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Marcus Mariota showed his maturity against one of the NFL’s better defenses while he was on the field. Mariota worked most of the first series without his headset communications device working properly.
The 2014 Heisman Trophy winner reverted to his Pop Warner days and went to the sidelines for the play. No problem.
His first pass of the night was a 16 yard strike over the middle to Kendall Wright on the first play from scrimmage. We were able to see the rookie roll out and throw a 35 yard completion to tight end Craig Stevens while getting away from one of the leagues top pass rushers, OLB Robert Quinn.
The most impressive play Mariota made was standing in the pocket in the Red Zone and after progressing through his reads, hit Dexter McCluster in the hands for what should have been his first touchdown pass of the season.
Mariota dodged a bullet just before he came out of the game when Lamarcus Joyner of the Rams dropped a sure interception that would have ruined a nice outing.
The youngster was 5 of 8 for 59 yards and a touchdown that was dropped.
Mettenberger’s strong outings continues speculation on trade possibilities while his stock is so high.
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