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Marcus Mariota has shown flashes of brilliance during his brief NFL career.
12-19-2018, 04:30 AM,
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Marcus Mariota has shown flashes of brilliance during his brief NFL career.
He had a perfect passer rating in his NFL debut and led a 19-point comeback for his first playoff victory.Now Mariota heads into his fourth season with only his fifth-year option on his contract guaranteed.It's time for Mariota to consistently show what he can do Albert Wilson Jersey , especially after the Titans hired a new coach in January to put the quarterback into an offense that better fits both his arm and legs."I don't focus on trying to prove anything," Mariota said Wednesday. "I've just got to go out there and do my job."Before the Titans make a[Image: nike_dolphins_296.jpg]

long-term commitment with a much larger contract, Mariota starts a window Sunday in the season opener in Miami to show if he really is their franchise quarterback. Even though he has had to learn his third offense in four years, that hurdle may not help get him beyond the $20.9 million he is due in 2019.Mariota already has won 20 games, most by any quarterback in his first three years with the franchise since George Blanda won 28 in this team's first three seasons. He also has a chance to become the franchise's first quarterback to lead the team to the playoffs in back-to-back years since Steve McNair in 2002 and 2003.But Mariota is coming off a season where he had more interceptions (15) than touchdowns (13) for the first time in his career. He also has yet to play in all 16 games in a regular season.The Titans hired Mike Vrabel to replace Mike Mularkey in January , and Vrabel hired Matt LaFleur as his offensive coordinator and Pat O'Hara as quarterbacks coach. They worked with Mariota on widening his stance and tweaking his passing mechanics during the offseason to give him more balance when throwing, hoping that leads to improved accuracy."He's done a good job," O'Hara said. "He's picked up a lot of good traits, and he feels good about it and he believes in it. We're ready to go."Mariota is ready to go. He missed last year's trip to Miami, a 16-10 loss, with an injury."This is what you work hard for," Mariota said. "Everything that you've done this offseason, you have an opportunity to go out there and kind of show what you've done. I'm excited. I'm excited for this team and I look forward to the challenge."Dolphins coach Adam Gase has the challenge of preparing for Mariota in a new offense with the Titans tipping nothing in the preseason."It is difficult because there are a lot of options that can take place to where it could be just normal drop-back pass., it could be zone read, it could be play-action where if we're not really doing a good job with our rush lanes and something opens up, he takes off," Mariota said.Teammates insist Mariota has nothing to prove to them. This is the quarterback who threw a block for Derrick Henry in their comeback victory in Kansas City Cheap Reshad Jones Jersey , a game where he also scored after catching his own pass."I think Marcus is always cool and collected," three-time Pro Bowl tight end Delanie Walker said. "He's going to go out there and play his game. Again, we're paid to make our quarterback look good. He's going to need our help for that. We just need everybody to make plays, and Marcus will be all right."Two-time Pro Bowl left tackle Taylor Lewan said Mariota already has shown plenty."I think the confidence as never swayed anywhere other than we have full confidence in Marcus," Lewan said. "He's our quarterback. We're very lucky to have him."Vrabel takes a slightly different approach. The coach said every player and coach should be trying to prove his value every day."That's just the approach we have to take," Vrabel said. "Every day we're trying to prove our value to the team. If Marcus didn't come to work tomorrow, everybody would notice. You never want to be a guy that when you didn't show up for work or you were late, nobody really noticed."NOTES: S Kendrick Lewis (foot) was the only player not to practice Wednesday. Even RT Jack Conklin (left knee) was among four Titans limited at practice, including LB Derrick Morgan (knee), LB Rashaan Evans (hamstring) and LB Harold Landry (ankle).Follow Teresa M. Walker at teresamwalkerOpposing Player Spotlight: Week 3, Oakland Raiders The Dolphins are leading the AFC East and are preparing to take on another conference opponent in an attempt to reach a 3-0 start. This week, the Oakland Raiders are coming to Hard Rock Stadium in search of their first win of the 2018 season.Each week of the 2018 season, I’m highlighting one player on the opposing team that Dolphins fans should be watching out for. This week, that player is Oakland Raiders tight end Jared Cook.Fact CheckPosition: TEExperience: 10th seasonAge: 31Height/Weight: 6’5”, 254 lbsCollege: South CarolinaStat ReviewCook has gotten off to a sizzling start this season, showing a strong connection with quarterback Derek Carr in the duo’s second year together. Through two games, Cook has amassed 13 receptions for 229 yards with a yards-per-catch (ypc) average of 17.6. For reference Cheap Mike Gesicki Jersey , that ypc figure would place him at third for the 2017 season, only behind the Jaguars’ Keelan Cole (18.4) and the Lions’ Marvin Jones Jr. (18.0). Cook has recorded almost one third of his entire yardage total from last season (688) through just two weeks. While his pace is sure to drop off, his heavy usage is notable under new (old) Raiders head coach John Gruden. It’s possible that Cook will continue to blossom in a new scheme despite having not topped 700 yards since 2011. Key MatchupsLast season, the Dolphins struggled mightily to defend the tight end position. In fact, Cook racked up 126 yards against Miami last November. Over the course of the 2017 season, the Dolphins were 32nd in the league in receptions allowed to tight ends (94), 31st in yards allowed (1034), and 31st in touchdowns allowed (10).For the Dolphins to keep Cook in check this time around, the team’s linebacking corps will have to vastly improve it’s coverage of tight ends which was Miami’s largest blemish on defense last season. I would watch for the coaching staff to have Jerome Baker, who is Miami’s quickest linebacker, to cover Cook early and often. That being said, rookie defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick, who has already proved himself a very capable starter on multiple occasions through two games, should be heavily involved in blanketing Cook as well.
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