If Marcus Mariota was limited in his first day of work at Titans training camp, you wouldn’t know it by what he did on the field
Mariota, coming back from a broken right fibula that required extensive surgery, took what appeared to be a full complement of reps with the first team on Saturday, only limited by what Coach Mike Mularkey termed the way the Titans scripted what plays were run. For example, there were no read option plays called in Saturday’s practice.
“There’s things that we’re holding back that you wouldn’t know. Obviously, we can create the scripts to avoid him from doing some of the things that we don’t want to throw him right into,” Mularkey said. “He took a good majority of the reps. I think his teammates were happy to have him back in the huddle, but we’re being smart with him.”
For his part, Mariota was glad to be back
“I feel great. At that point in time when we left back in June, I was in a good spot, but I’m getting better every day, but to be out there today and run around and do the things that the coaches wanted me to do, felt really good,” Mariota said.
Mariota connected on a number of passes, including a pair that Delanie Walker and Eric Decker made nice catches on on the first day of camp on Saturday.
Mariota, who said he has been running full speed and cutting since early June, reported at around 218 pounds.
“I just want to move around and play the way I’ve been playing, and carrying extra weight wasn’t going to necessarily allow me to do that,” said Mariota, who played at around 224 pounds last season.
Mariota is looking forward to another test that comes with Monday’s full pad practice.
“I”ve been looking forward to it for a long time. It’s kind of that goal in rehab. It’s what you want to get to, and I can’t wait to be a part of it,” Mariota said.