Jim Wyatt, Senior Writer/Editor, TitansOnline.com
Titans QB Marcus Mariota took part in all 10 days of organized team activities. He said on Thursday he expects to be ready to go full-go when training camp kicks off in July.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Marcus Mariota made it through organized team activities without any issues.
The Titans quarterback practiced every day – 10 OTAs in all – and increased his workload from May and into June as he works his way back from last year’s surgery on a fractured fibula.
On Thursday, Mariota said he expects to be 100 percent for training camp.
“I feel good,” Mariota said. “My body is getting to the point where it is close to 100 percent, and once training camp rolls around, I’ll be good to go.
“…I’ll be ready to go. I’ll be 100 percent. This next month or so before camp starts, it is about me getting my body conditioned and ready for camp. For me, I am all green lights and ready to go.”
So will Mariota do more in next week’s minicamp?
“I don’t think so,” Titans coach Mike Mularkey said. “I think, ‘Why now?’ He’ll be ready when we come back for (training) camp, and we’ll have plenty of time in camp. We’ll have a lot of practices. He won’t be on the injury list when he comes back, so I don’t know why (we’d) push it, especially in June.”
Mariota worked some in team drills this week in addition to his work in individual and 7-on-7 drills. Mularkey said he was involved in plays where the ball was designed to come out early, where he wouldn’t have issues with the pass rush.Mularkey estimated Mariota has worked in a half dozen snaps in team periods.
“I felt good,” Mariota said. “It kind of reminded me of when I was a little kid and I got an opportunity to go in there and play the game. It is a lot of fun when you have an opportunity. You kind of take those things for granted.”
The Titans begin training camp at the end of July.
Mariota, headed into his third NFL season, said he’s looking forward to it.
Mariota completed 276-of-451 passes for 3,426 yards, 26 touchdowns, nine interceptions and a 95.6 passer in 2016 before suffering a fractured fibula in a Week 16. The quarterback added 60 rushing attempts for 349 yards and two touchdowns.
Mariota’s 95.6 passer rating ranks third in franchise history for a single season, behind only Warren Moon’s 96.8 in 1990, when he was the Associated Press Offensive Player of the Year, and Steve McNair’s 100.4 in 2003, when he was the NFL’s Co-MVP.
“I get excited,” Mariota said of training camp. “Even during this time of the year in OTAs, just being back on the field again, it is a lot of fun. I get excited for camp, I get anxious.
“Even during this time of year during the summer it is hard to kind of get your mind off of it because it is really just around the corner. I get excited, and I can’t wait for camp.”