Mariota’s block shows his will to win, improvement in health

Mariota’s block shows his will to win, improvement in health

By now, the Tennessee Titans have moved beyond their victory over the Kansas City Chiefs, but the big plays by quarterback Marcus Mariota are still fresh in the minds of many, even as the Titans prepare for the New England Patriots.

Mariota, who had a touchdown pass to himself on a batted ball in the 22-21 come-from-behind win, also had a block at the end of the game that helped spring Derrick Henry for a first down and allow them to run out the clock and advance.

Asked which has gotten more attention in the aftermath of the Titans’ wild-card victory, Mariota said the block has been the bigger topic.

“Probably more the block. The pass reception was, I don’t know, it’s hard to explain, something crazy like that, I guess. Everyone keep’s asking me about the block,” Mariota said.

So how was the block? Did it pass the muster from his offensive line, which gets graded regularly for its blocking performances?

“Well, the offensive line said I’ve got to sustain my block. They felt like I let go a little early, I didn’t finish the play. Derrick made a great play, it was a great way to seal the game. Just trying to make a play,” Mariota said.

Not only did the play create lots of attention, it also gave a glimpse that Mariota is now healthier than at any point this season, something Coach Mike Mularkey confirmed on Tuesday.
“It’s been good because you know he’s been healthier. He’s helped us, third downs have been critical. That’s one of the big areas – will help more in that second half this last game. It’s good that he’s healthy, he’s a threat when he is,” Mularkey said.
Even healthy enough to block when needed.

Injury update

Left guard Quinton Spain was held out of practice on Tuesday with his lower back injury, the same injury that kept him out of last Thursday’s practice.

Also, cornerback Logan Ryan sat out to rest his ankle, the same injury that he missed the Rams game with. Mularkey added that Ryan has not suffered a setback, but was given a day to rest the ankle.

Running back DeMarco Murray remains “day-to-day” with the knee injury that has kept him out the last two weeks.

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