Who is Marcus Mariota? Is he a dynamic talent capable of lifting a franchise to the next level? Or is he merely a serviceable game manager with a limited ceiling? Tennessee Titans must answer in 2019. QBs WITH BIG QUESTIONS Mariota had a sparkling debut season in 2015, posting a passer rating of 91.5 that ranked as third best ever by a rookie (minimum 300 pass attempts). He followed that with an even better second season, throwing for 26 touchdowns (and only nine interceptions) and recording a passer rating of 96.5 (10th best that season).Curiously, Mariota failed to build on his early success, as his production dipped in his third and fourth seasons. Still only 25 years old as he enters his fifth season, Mariota aims to put his career back on track. Let’s assess his greatest strengths and weaknesses.STRENGTHSGetting it done in the red zoneCorey Davis cuts toward the middle, which carries the cornerback over the top away from the end zone. With space cleared downfield … [Read more...] about What Titans’ Marcus Mariota must do to make the leap to elite
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Team USA won't be sending its A team to the 2019 FIBA World Cup Qualifiers in China, and at this rate, it might not be sending its B team, either. USA basketball is an international juggernaut, and with Gregg Popovich coaching, it will be in good hands no matter who suits up. But why are so many top players passing up a chance to represent their country? James Harden, Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard, Tobias Harris, Bradley Beal, C.J. McCollum, DeMar DeRozan, Kevin Love and Eric Gordon have each withdrawn from Team USA's training camp roster. Zion Williamson, who went No. 1 overall to the New Orleans Pelicans, also withdrew from the select team. At this point, maybe Pop should make good on Jared Dudley's offer to suit up for his country. Hey, Dudley's still got something left in the tank, right? Jokes aside, the roster as-is should still stand a strong chance at running the table in August. The team has invited All-Stars, past and present, in Kemba Walker, Khris Middleton, Kyle Lowry, … [Read more...] about Why nobody wants to play for USA
The Titans get a reliable receiver to pair with Corey Davis and Adam Humphries at the position by Ryan Wilson & Chris Trapasso Apr 26, 2019 at 8:38 pm ET • 3 min read With the No. 51 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Titans selected A.J. Brown, wide receiver out of Ole Miss. Worked primarily from slot until D.K. Metcalf was lost to injury. Brown ran a lot of in-breaking and comeback routes in simplified Ole Miss passing offense. Good at finding soft spots in zone coverage and a strong after-the-catch runner. Efficient out of breaks, a long-strider who takes a while to get up to top speed, Brown sometimes struggles with press-man coverage, especially against bigger cornerbacks. Draft tracker: Get grades for every pick Titans: APete Prisco: Analysis to come.Looking for your daily fix of NFL news and analysis? Look no further than the Pick Six Podcast. CBS Sports senior writer Will Brinson (and guests) gets you up to speed each day … [Read more...] about 2019 NFL Draft: Titans take A.J. Brown, giving Marcus Mariota another piece for the offense
Somehow, despite going into his fifth NFL season, Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota is still something of an unknown. Part of the problem is that Marcus Mariota has had as many playcallers in the NFL as seasons played. Mariota is now under the guidance of offensive coordinator Arthur Smith, who had been Tennessee’s tight ends coach. But after a season of just 11 touchdown passes and eight interceptions, Mariota should conceivably play better. That is, of course, if his line keeps him upright and he has better play from his receivers. Jimmy Morris of Music City Miracles is here to figure out one of those things in the SB Nation NFL writers’ mock draft. 19. Tennessee Titans: Garrett Bradbury, OL, North Carolina State Morris: The Titans did a nice job of filling their biggest needs in free agency. That puts Jon Robinson in a position here where he doesn’t have to reach for anything here. He can take the player that best fits within the needs that they have … [Read more...] about Garrett Bradbury can help the Titans decide on Marcus Mariota
Sean Wagner-McGough joins Will Brinson to talk Josh Rosen trade rumors and look ahead to the 2020 free agent class by Cody Benjamin Mar 29, 2019 at 11:11 am ET • 1 min read As the 2019 NFL Draft approaches, most quarterback talk is centered on the Arizona Cardinals and what they plan to do with Josh Rosen, 2018's 10th overall pick, who could soon be out of a job thanks to coach Kliff Kingbury's apparent infatuation with Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray.But if you look ahead a year to the 2020 offseason, Rosen rumors barely scratch the surface.As Will Brinson and Sean Wagner-McGough discussed on Friday's Pick Six Podcast, next year's free agent class is straight-up loaded with talent at the quarterback position. And while many of 2020's top FAs will inevitably sign new contracts before hitting the market, it's still unusual to see upwards of 14 starting-caliber signal-callers set to be available. That's almost half the league!Among 2020's free … [Read more...] about Pick Six Podcast: Could Patriots target Marcus Mariota as a Tom Brady replacement in 2020?