Titans QB Marcus Mariota sees pieces coming together with starters returning to form
With only two exhibition games left, teams are getting ready to make their final preparations before the start of the 2019 NFL season. It appears the Tennessee titians have finally managed to enjoy practice at full strength around quarterback Marcus Mariota.
The Titans have dealt with their fair share of injuries on offense throughout the offseason. According to Jim Wyatt of the team’s official website, Mariota is glad to have all their key players back in the mix:
“Absolutely, it was nice to have everybody out there,” Mariota said. “At the same time, for someone like Jonnu, who is coming off a major injury like that, just all the hard work that he put in to get to the point where he’s at now, it’s really cool for him.
“It’s an opportunity for us to get better, and it was nice to see everybody out there.”
Head coach Mike Vrabel echoed MAriota’s comments about being at full strength in practice.
“Being able to work some guys back in there that maybe haven’t been with us since the beginning of camp – Derrick and Jonnu – it’s been good to see some of those guys back,” Vrabel said. “We’re starting to see some good things.
This is certainly an encouraging sign for the Titans. They have been optimistic about potentially taking that next step into bonafide playoff contenders this season and will now try to take advantage of having all their essential players healthy.
Mariota’s excitement is understandable after he went through the offseason with a depleted receiving corps. Although he was able to make do with what he had, it seems he will finally be able to start building his rapport with all of his weapons on offense.
Vrabel indicated that the starters are slated to see ample playing time against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. This will provide the offense with potentially their last chance to get some work in together in a real game situation before the start of the regular season.