Tennessee Titans: 3 Bold Predictions for Marcus Mariota in 2018

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3. Marcus Mariota will pass for over 4,000 yards in 2018

In each of his first three NFL seasons, Marcus Mariota has played reasonably well and has earned his starting role with the Titans. In the past two seasons, Mariota has passed for over 3,200 yards with 3,426 yards in 2016 and last season he finished with 3,232 yards.

Since this is his fourth season as a starting quarterback for the Titans, it is now time for Mariota to really climb up the ladder and become one of the top quarterbacks in all of the NFL, as he is capable of passing for 4,000-plus yards in 2018.

For his career, Mariota has passed for 9,476 yards and has a career completion percentage of 61.8 through those first three seasons. The Titans quarterback has also averaged 30.3 attempts per games, with last season seeing Mariota average 30.2 passes per game, completing 62 percent of those passes. On those throws, Mariota averaged 7.1 yards per completion and 215.5 yards in 2017.

Now, why will Mariota gain over 700 more passing yards compared to what he threw a season ago? Simple … it will be because he’ll have an improved wide receiver in Corey Davis, who is entering his second season in the league with the Titans. The Western Michigan product had a bit of a learning curve at times last season and also played in just 11 games. In those games, Davis had 34 receptions for 375 yards, averaging 11 yards per reception.

If Davis is on the field, look for him to become a big part of the offense with Mariota, resulting in more offensive production and even more so, a more improved Mariota and higher passing numbers from the fourth-year quarterback.

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