Marcua Mariota rumors continue to look good for the Tennessee Titans' starting quarterback. Mariota looked good for the Texans as the team played the Kansas City Chiefs on Friday (August 28), despite the team losing 34-10. The defense couldn't do much to stop the Chiefs, allowing them to complete 31-of-38 passes for 317 yards and four touchdowns. To call it an embarrassing performance on the defensive side of the ball could be an understatement.
The Titans didn't look good when Mariota was off the field either, with the other three quarterbacks going 5-of-14 for just 49 yards, no touchdowns, and an interception. During his time on the field, Mariota completed 7-of-11 passes for 99 yards, running for another 22 yards on just three carries. He again showed a lot of maturity on the field that has other NFL teams and fantasy football owners taking notice this preseason.
Earlier in the NFL offseason, Marcus Mariota was officially named the starting quarterback of the Tennessee Titans. It served to take a lot of pressure off the rookie, revealing that he wouldn't have to compete for a job this year. What it also did, though, was force the former Oregon Ducks quarterback to put on a good show in the NFL preseason. Fans are expecting to see a lot from his this year, and he is going to have to do quite a bit to make the Titans respectable again.
In the world of fantasy football, there are still a lot of questions about the supporting cast that Mariota has to work with, and whether it will be good enough to help pump up his statistics. That's a tough question at this point of the preseason, suggesting that he might be a tough "sell" even in deeper leagues. In fantasy football keeper leagues, though, Mariota is already proving that he could be a long-term talent in the NFL that is worth stashing away in a bench slot. That could pay off down the road for a savvy fantasy owner.
Tennessee Titans fans hoping that this is the season the team gets back to the NFL Playoffs might need to temper expectations. Even with all the positive Marcus Mariota rumors coming out of camp and the confidence of the head coach in him, this Titans team still isn't very good on paper. While Mariota could surely compete for a Rookie of the Year Award, he likely won't be competing in the postseason (yet).
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