The Tennessee Titans say Marcus Mariota’s ability to run has returned, thanks in part to some time off during the bye week.
So, if Mariota’s mobility is back, so should his ability to play more instinctively, rather than having to worry about his injured left hamstring.
“I don’t think about my hamstring, I can’t when you’re out there,” Mariota said. “With that being said, I just go out there, and if there’s an opportunity to run, I’ll do it. If (I’ve) got to get outside of the pocket and make a throw, I’ll do it. When it’s all said and done, I’ll just do whatever is best for the team.”
Mariota was limited to throwing from the pocket in his first two games back from the injury – wins over Indianapolis and Cleveland. He was effective throwing the football against the Colts in a Monday night win, but the entire offense struggled against the Browns, failing to score a touchdown in a 12-9 overtime win.
Titans coach Mike Mularkey indicated that Mariota being able to move should allow him to play more relaxed and in the flow of his normal game.
“I think it’ll be good for him. That’s one thing to take off of his mind, off his plate,” Mularkey said. “I think it’ll help his time clock, body clock of having to get rid of the ball quicker than he thinks. You know what a threat he can be if he’s got any space to run, if he can.”
Mularkey indicated that there have been no restrictions on Mariota in practice this week.
“There’s been no restrictions on him at all. We’re practicing like we’re going to play in a game, that’s what we want. Play breaks down, we want him to do what he would do in a game,” Mularkey said.