No. 2 NFL Draft pick Marcus Mariota is already blowing people away in Titans training camp

Marcus Mariota

Through five days of Tennessee Titans training camp, rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota has yet to throw an interceptions.

On Monday, the second overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft went 7-for-15 in combined 7-on-7 and team drills. On Wednesday he had another good outing, completing 8 of 12 passes with no picks, per the Tennessean’s Titans’ beat reporter John Glennon.

Unsurprisingly, many Titans fans are thrilled with their rookie quarterback’s progress. The team won two games last year. In the past five years, Jake Locker, Charlie Whitehurst, Zach Mettenberger, Matt Hasselbeck, Vince Young, and Rusty Smith have all started at quarterback. Titans fans deserve to be excited about Mariota. 

Zero interceptions is an impressive feat for Mariota, sure, but five practices into a preseason mean next to nothing — a small sample size rendered even smaller when you consider that teams haven’t even finalised their 53-man rosters … right?

Still, the reports coming out about him from respected NFL reporters are really positive:

On the other hand, there are some sceptics.

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco tweeted out a contrarian take on Mariota, explaining that Mariota’s lack of turnovers — through five preseason practices! — is actually a red-flag because it shows he’s not taking enough chances as quarterback. 


This morning, Tennessean columnist David Climer suggested that people needed to pump the brakes on the Mariota bandwagon. Writes Climer:

“The guy’s human. He hasn’t single-handedly rescued the Titans franchise just yet. Can we wait a couple of weeks before naming him MVP of Super Bowl 50?”

“It’s a little premature to commission a bust of Mariota for Canton. It’s a disservice to someone who won’t turn 22 until the seventh game of his first NFL season. Give him a little room to breathe and time to grow.”

This all comes only a week or so after ESPN’s Brett McMurphy reported that Mariota’s lack of red flags was, in itself, a red flag for certain NFL scouts. 

The NFL: where being good is bad, and throwing interceptions is worse than not throwing interceptions! 

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