Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota is bigger, and hopefully better, and spoke to the media on Monday during the first day of the teams’ offseason workouts about the 5-10 pounds that he put on this offseason.
“I’m a little bit heavier,” Mariota said via ESPN.
“When it comes down to it, being able to absorb the hits and be healthy for a full year, those things haven’t happened yet. I am doing my best to be on the front end of it and allow myself to be able to play all 16.”
If the Titans are going to be successful moving forward, they need Mariota to be better, and for the players around him to be the same.
Last season the club missed the postseason despite going 9-7, after making it and winning a wild card game the year before.
If the club is going to turn the corner and challenge for the AFC South in 2019, they need a healthy and motivated Mariota to be a force at the QB spot.
“Marcus looks good…I am looking for a strong player. This is a big league,” coach Mike Vrabel said.
“I remember playing against John Elway, Dan Marino, and these quarterbacks that are big men. I want to make sure that we are doing everything we can and he’s doing everything he can to stay healthy and durable and help us on the field.”