Tennessee Titans: 3 Bold Predictions for Marcus Mariota in 2018

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The Tennessee Titans have one of the best young quarterbacks on their roster in Marcus Mariota, and even though he’s had an acceptable career with nearly 10,000 yards passing in his first three seasons combined, there is still a lot within the grasp of the former second overall selection and franchise quarterback.

Mariota is a franchise quarterback and has yet to play a full 16-game regular season game schedule. There are many teams in the league who would like to have Mariota under center for them in 2018. With the Titans, Mariota has had success with 58 passing touchdowns, including 26 his sophomore season in 2016.

In 2017, Mariota played in 15 games where he completed 62 percent of his passes, throwing for 3,232 yards for an average of 215.5 yards per game with 13 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. What is very intriguing for Mariota is the fact he can run with the football too, with the dual-threat quarterback rushing for 312 yards on 40 carries for five touchdowns.

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In the AFC South, there is a battle among at least three quarterbacks as to who the best of those signal callers are, and one of those quarterbacks is Mariota. Along with Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck — who is returning after missing all of 2017 — and Texans’ second-year quarterback Deshaun Watson, who was also injured last season, Mariota is right in that mix of talented players, and this could be the season he really starts to shine and leave his mark within the division.

Now it is time for Mariota to take yet another step forward in his NFL career, and if that happens, that should mean improvement for the Titans, even if they did finish with a winning record at 9-7 and were second place in the AFC South, one win behind the division champion Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Titans need Mariota to be at his best in 2018, and here are three bold predictions for Mariota pertaining to the 2018 NFL season.

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  1. I agree with everything mentioned here and would include Reason #4: A revised offensive game plan. Lasy year the Titans ranked toward the bottom of the NFL in Number of Plays per Game. With added weapons, a new OC, I believe Tennessee will move the chains more consistently this year, meaning more plays, more points and more success.

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