The Tennessee Titans are a team on the rise, though their success depends an awful lot on young quarterback Marcus Mariota.
Last year he showed a tremendous grasp of what it takes to become an elite NFL passer before fracturing his fibula in Week 16. It was an injury that requires a lengthy rehab period, though the Titans had hoped Mariota would be healthy by the time training camp opens for the 2017 season.
Thankfully Mariota’s recovery process is right on track as it relates to that projection. Head coach Mike Mularkey, speaking with reporters at the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine, gave an update on his signal caller’s progress. He noted Mariota is still wearing a boot but is starting to put pressure on his leg now.
“I feel pretty good about it,” Mularkey said, per Connor Orr of NFL.com. “You have to trust the doctor’s words. And if you know Marcus like we do, I think we believe that with the way he goes about business, he’ll be prepared. And he’s not going to overdo it. He’s been told ‘Be careful. Be smart about it.’
“I think our No. 1 goal is to make sure he’s under center when we open up opening day.”
Mularkey wouldn’t give a timetable about exactly when Mariota will return, noting “every player is different in how they recover and it’s a difficult thing to do.”
Whenever Mariota does hit the field with the Titans, it’s likely he’ll have some new high-profile receivers to target down the field. It’s been reported the Titans will be aggressive about bringing in receivers, both in the draft and free agency. This will only add to the hype surrounding this team, which barely missed out on the playoffs last year and is on an upward trend.