2. Marcus Mariota looked lost over the first few games, but has appeared to right the ship somewhat in recent weeks. What’s your assessment of his second season so far?
"When the Titans offensive coaches use Marcus Mariota in the running game, everything gets easier for him. Defenses have to account for him, which opens up the field more in both the running and passing game. However, when the Titans stop using his legs, this tight offense does not suit him. The routes are slow developing and easy to cover and Mariota has to squeeze passes between defenders constantly. So, if the Titans use Mariota’s legs on Thursday, I expect him to have a big day. If not, it could bog down the offense."
I think Mariota’s rushing ability will play a big part in this contest. The Oregon product gave the Jaguars fits last year with his legs, including a filthy 87-yard touchdown run that effectively broke the game open last year en route to a Titans win. The Jaguars still lack speed at the linebacker position since the coaches stubbornly refuse to play Myles Jack the appropriate amount of snaps, and the pass rush so far hasn’t inspired confidence that they can get to Mariota before he escapes the pocket.
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