Mariota Gets Knocked Into Reality In First Pre-Season Game
Through two weeks of practice, Titans rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota was pretty much perfect. Then that whole football game thing happened.
In his debut pre-season game on Friday night in Atlanta, Mariota got sacked on his first play and threw an interception on his second, neither of those he had yet done at practice. The following drive, Mariota turned the ball over by getting the pigskin knocked out of his hands.
If there's anything such as 'hype' for a first pre-season game, Mariota had it. Analysts around the NFL were clamoring to see the No. 2 draft pick in action.
"If you go back and look at his touchdown to interception ratio in college, at Oregon, he threw 105 touchdowns and 14 interceptions," said ESPN's Adam Schefter, to Armen and Levack, on 104.5 The Team.
"We are looking for signs in the early part of training camp and we are getting signs, for whatever that’s worth, that the quarterback out of Tennessee that they drafted has a real chance at being a standout player and we will see whether or not he does it."
Outside of the two turnovers and one sack, Mariota's final line wasn't terrible as he finished Friday evening by going 7-of-8 for 94 yards.
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