With Marcus Mariota hurt, the Titans signed backup Brandon Weeden.
In Sunday’s embarrassing loss to the Houston Texans, the Tennessee Titans may have lost more than just a game and their dignity. Star quarterback Marcus Mariota had to depart from the game with a hamstring injury that has since been deemed “day-to-day” by head coach Mike Mularkey. Despite optimism surrounding the injury, the Titans have exercised caution by signing another “quarterback” to the roster in the form of journeyman Brandon Weeden.
Weeden is best known for coming into the NFL at the ripe age of 28, becoming the oldest first round pick in NFL history. Weeden has started 25 games in five NFL season, owns a 31:30 touchdown to interception ratio, 76.0 passer rating and 6-19 #QBWinz record.
Weeden hasn’t thrown a pass since 2015, but some of you might remember him.
The good news is that Weeden probably will never even play a snap, with Mariota not expected to miss any more than one game, if that, and Matt Cassel the entrenched spot starter. That said, there were relatively better options than Weeden, including Matt McGloin, Robert Griffin III and the best stylistic fit in Colin Kaepernick. Even former Titan Alex Tanney would’ve been fine.
In order to make room for Weeden to be signed, the Titans released Josh Carraway, a promising young rookie pass rusher who possesses what looks like a bright future. Carraway shined in the preseason and outplayed former second round pick Kevin Dodd, who remains with the team and was active over Carraway the last two weeks despite having not shown anything in a Titans uniform.
Carraway will go through waivers and will be added to the Titans’ practice squad, as long as no one claims him. General manager Jon Robinson has thus far earned the benefit of the doubt from fans. The Titans needed to sign a backup quarterback with Mariota ailing, but this did not go as planned.