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Titans’ Marcus Mariota emulating Jameis Winston at practice

Marcus Mariota, Jameis Winston

Marcus Mariota lost his job as the Tennessee Titans starting quarterback midway through the team’s Week 6 loss to the Denver Broncos, and now in practice, he will have to play like the signal-caller who was drafted one spot ahead of him in 2015.

The Titans are getting set to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this weekend, and with Mariota on the scout team, he will have to emulate Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston during practice sessions, according to Rick Stroud of The Tampa Bay Times.

Ironically enough, Winston has not been playing particularly well, either, and the latest rumors say that Tampa Bay will likely move on from the former No. 1 overall pick this offseason.

On the season, Mariota has thrown for 1,179 yards, seven touchdowns and a couple of interceptions while completing 59.1 percent of his passes and posting a passer rating of 91.7.

Things reached a breaking point two weeks ago, when Mariota completed just seven of his first 18 passes for 63 yards and a pair of picks in what ended up being a 16-0 loss to the Denver Broncos, resulting in Ryan Tannehill displacing him under center halfway through the game.

Mariota, who played his collegiate football at the University of Oregon, was originally selected by Tennessee with the second overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft.

He showed significant promise over his first couple of seasons, particularly in 2016 when he finished with 26 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

However, since then, Mariota has fallen off, as he combined to throw 24 touchdowns and 23 picks in 2017 and 2018.

After another slow start in 2019, Titans head coach Mike Vrabel had seen enough.