Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota is putting in some extra time with his receivers before the start of training camp.
Regardless of what happens this season, nobody can say Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota didn’t put in enough work to get ready for 2019.
Mariota was in the Los Angeles area on Thursday, working with wide receivers Tajae Sharpe, Taywan Taylor, Cameron Batson and A.J. Brown on a college field, per Jim Wyatt of Titans Online.
He is also expected to be back there on Friday and it’s possible more will join the group as training camp rapidly approaches, with the first practice set for July 26th.
Back in March, Titans receivers met prior to the start of the offseason program on a high school field in Nashville.
As Wyatt also points out, Mariota has spent extra time with wideouts Corey Davis, Adam Humphries and Darius Jennings during the offseason.
One of the things head coach Mike Vrabel talked about during an episode of the Bussin’ with the Boys podcast was that the team wanted Mariota to be a bigger presence this season.
That means understanding the playbook to help guys who don’t understand certain situations on the field, but also it means being more of a leader. Mariota is showing both of those traits this offseason, especially with his attempts to build chemistry with his receivers.
But more than just being a leader, Mariota is coming up on the biggest campaign of his career. He’s in a contract year and trying to prove he can be the long-term solution for the Titans behind center.
He’s certainly setup for success, as the Oregon product has the best group of pass-catchers he’s had in his four-year career. Along with the aforementioned receivers, Mariota will also welcome back tight end Delanie Walker, who was limited to just one game last season due to injury.
It’s good to see Mariota taking the bull by the horns and doing everything he can to get ready for this season, building as much chemistry as possible with his wideouts. While out of facility meetups certainly aren’t uncommon in the NFL, it’s always a good sign to see a quarterback and his teammates going the extra mile to be ready.