Marcus Mariota The New Face of the Titans Franchise with the Second Overall Pick

2015 NFL Scouting Combine

The Titans have their QB of the future – as in the first round of the NFL draft with the second overall pick, the team took Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota.

Here’s a scouting report on Mariota, who threw for 42 touchdowns last season.

There is no doubt that the Heisman Trophy winner is an outstanding college quarterback and a top prospect for the NFL. Mariota will be drafted early in the 2015 NFL Draft, and some team will look to him to be its difference-maker quarterback who can be the face of the franchise.

Mariota was a dominant point-machine throughout his time as Oregon’s starting quarterback. In 2012 as a first-year starter and redshirt freshman, Mariota completed 69 percent of his passes for 2,677 yards with 32 touchdowns and six interceptions. He completed 64 percent of his passes in 2013 for 3,665 yards with 31 touchdowns and four interceptions. On the ground, the redshirt sophomore ran for 715 yards with nine scores.

In 2014, the junior led Oregon to a conference championship, a win over Florida State in the playoff, and came up short against Ohio State in the National Championship. Mariota completed 68 percent of his passes on the year for 4,454 yards with 42 touchdowns and four interceptions. On the ground, he totaled for 770 yards (5.7 average) with 15 touchdowns.

Mariota had a number of great performances in 2014, including the Pac-12 Championship victory over Arizona. He also impressed against UCLA, Washington, Stanford and Michigan State. In the Ducks’ mid-season loss to Arizona, Mariota had opportunities for big plays, yet missed a number of throws with poor accuracy and ball placement.

Therein lies the concern with Mariota as a system quarterback. He has good height and the strong arm to be a pocket passer, but he isn’t consistent yet. Mariota didn’t always scan through the field as a Duck, and there were times where he looked to run when his first read was covered. Mariota also missed some throws with placement that was off and didn’t consistently fire the ball into tight windows as Oregon’s offensive scheme led to a lot of wide-open receivers. That will have to change in the NFL as he will have to get better at pulling the trigger with accurate passes into a small opening. There were plays where Mariota demonstrated nice pocket-passing potential with reading the defense, scanning his options and delivering a good pass. He just needs work and enters the NFL at a similar level to Cam Newton. Mariota was very good at avoiding interceptions in college, but displayed a tendency to fumble the ball.

Check Out What The Titans 2015 Draft Hats Look Like

2015 Tennessee Titans Draft Hats

When the players in attendance at this week’s NFL Draft hear their name called, they’ll come up to the stage sporting a snazzy draft hat that they’ll be given for their new team.

Here’s what the Tennessee Titans version of this year’s draft hat will look like. The hat has the Titans logo on the front and a drawing of the city of Nashville underneath the brim.

You can get your hands on one by clicking the link below!

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Titans schedule private workout with Jameis Winston

2015 NFL Scouting Combine

The Titans will again be on the lookout this spring for a franchise quarterback, and they are going to take a long look at former Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston. Find out why the 2015 Football betting odds don’t favor the Titans at Mybookie.ag.

From all accounts, the Buccaneers, who also need a quarterback and have the first overall pick, are going to take Winston, but if he does fall a bit to two, the Titans may snag him with the second overall pick.

With the hopes that he will be available with the second pick, the Titans will bring him to Nashville for a private workout at the team’s headquarters.

Reports say that the workout is expected to be around the same time as Florida State’s Pro Day, which is March 31st.

Right now the Titans starter at quarterback is last year’s sixth-round pick Zach Mettenberger, who played last season and has a lot of learning and growing to do. That’s not to say that Winston will come in and be a world beater at QB, but at the same time, the Titans want to win now, and will put their best QB out there whoever that is.

If the Titans don’t get Winston, there’s a shot they could take Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, or they could possibly trade the pick to the highest bidder, something they could do in order to stockpile picks.

“He’s going second overall,” the unnamed G.M. said of Mariota. “I don’t know to which team, but he’s going second overall.”

That could mean the Titans could look around, and if a team like the Eagles or maybe even the Browns are in love with Mariota, they will be happy to make a deal with that team for future picks.

That doesn’t mean that the Titans would right away pass on Mariota should he be there with the second overall pick.

“If we pick him at No. 2, you definitely think he can be the Day 1 starter,” Titans caoch Ken Whisenhunt said during Tuesday morning’s AFC coaches breakfast at the league’s owners meetings. “He was impressive. … Just the short time we spent with him on the board, he was very good.

“We’re still not finished with the evaluation process with these quarterbacks. It’s going to really depend on where we end up feeling about these guys.”

The Titans were there for Mariota’s Pro Day March 12th, and it sounds like they like what they saw. A lot can happen before the May NFL draft, but it sounds like the Titans will have a new QB once their first pick is made.

Titans Come to Terms With OL Byron Stingily

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The Titans announced they have agreed to terms on a multi-year contract with offensive tackle Byron Stingily.

Stingily was a sixth-round selection by the Titans in 2011 and has four years of experience with the club. Last year, he posted career highs in games played (10) and starts (5). During his time with the Titans, he had played in 20 games with nine starts.

Former Titans CB Cortland Finnegan Announces Retirement

Oakland Raiders v Miami Dolphins

Former Dolphins, Rams and Titans cornerback Cortland Finnegan has announced he’s retiring, Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post reports.

“Spent 9 years doing something I Loved and it has payed off in so many ways,” Finnegan wrote on Instagram. “To say I have been blessed is an understatement I am forever thankful.. I have made my share of mistakes and had moments of glory. I even got into a fight in an NFL Game ( he hits like a bish)

“I’m thankful for the friends I made on and off the field love yAll. Time to move on and enjoy new people new places and new ideas. I forgot to thank all the haters I love yaAll to.”

Finnegan started a dozen games for the Dolphins last year and registered 44 tackles with zero interceptions.

Titans Deny Permission to Bucs To Talk To Mike Mularkey About OC Job

According to Sports Illustrated, the Titans have said ‘no’ to a request from the Buccaneers to interview tight end coach Mike Mularkey for their vacant offensive coordinator position, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports.

The Buccaneers released offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford from his contract last month. Tedford had heart surgery last year and took a medical leave of absence from the team. Quarterbacks coach Marcus Arroyo called plays this season for Tampa Bay.

Tampa Bay finished No. 29 in scoring and No. 30 in yards gained last season. Rookie wide receiver Mike Evans was a bright spot, finishing with 1,051 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns.

Titans at Jaguars Wednesday Injury Report

TENNESSEE TITANS
(Tennessee did not conduct a practice on Monday. The Monday practice report is an estimation.)
 

Status Report

OUT RB Dexter McCluster (knee)
DOUBTFUL T Taylor Lewan (ankle), QB Zach Mettenberger (right shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE LB Zaviar Gooden (hamstring), T Byron Stingily (ankle), TE Delanie Walker (knee), LB Kamerion Wimbley (hamstring), WR Kendall Wright (hand)
PROBABLE S Daimion Stafford (concussion)
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Monday TE Brett Brackett (knee), T Taylor Lewan (ankle), QB Jake Locker (left shoulder), RB Dexter McCluster (knee), QB Zach Mettenberger (right shoulder)
Tuesday TE Brett Brackett (knee), T Taylor Lewan (ankle), RB Dexter McCluster (knee), QB Zach Mettenberger (right shoulder)
Wednesday T Taylor Lewan (ankle), RB Dexter McCluster (knee), QB Zach Mettenberger (right shoulder)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Monday LB Zaviar Gooden (hamstring), T Byron Stingily (ankle), TE Delanie Walker (knee), LB Kamerion Wimbley (hamstring), WR Kendall Wright (hand)
Tuesday LB Zaviar Gooden (hamstring), T Byron Stingily (ankle), TE Delanie Walker (knee), LB Kamerion Wimbley (hamstring), WR Kendall Wright (hand)
Wednesday LB Zaviar Gooden (hamstring), T Byron Stingily (ankle), TE Delanie Walker (knee), LB Kamerion Wimbley (hamstring), WR Kendall Wright (hand)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Monday S Daimion Stafford (concussion)
Tuesday S Daimion Stafford (concussion)
Wednesday S Daimion Stafford (concussion)
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS
(Jacksonville did not conduct practice on Monday or Tuesday. The Monday and Tuesday practice reports are estimations.)
Status Report
OUT DE Andre Branch (groin), LB Khairi Fortt (hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE QB Blake Bortles (foot), DE Ryan Davis (hip), S Josh Evans (foot), DT Roy Miller (knee), WR Tommy Streeter (abdomen)
PROBABLE DE Chris Clemons (knee), WR Marqise Lee (elbow)
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Monday QB Blake Bortles (foot), DE Andre Branch (groin), DE Ryan Davis (hip), S Josh Evans (foot), LB Khairi Fortt (hamstring), DT Roy Miller (knee), WR Tommy Streeter (abdomen)
Tuesday DE Andre Branch (groin), LB Khairi Fortt (hamstring), DT Roy Miller (knee)
Wednesday DE Andre Branch (groin), LB Khairi Fortt (hamstring), DT Roy Miller (knee)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Tuesday QB Blake Bortles (foot), DE Ryan Davis (hip), S Josh Evans (foot), WR Tommy Streeter (abdomen)
Wednesday QB Blake Bortles (foot), DE Ryan Davis (hip), S Josh Evans (foot), WR Tommy Streeter (abdomen)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Monday DE Chris Clemons (knee), WR Marqise Lee (elbow)
Tuesday DE Chris Clemons (knee), WR Marqise Lee (elbow)
Wednesday DE Chris Clemons (knee), WR Marqise Lee (elbow)

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