Marcus Mariota

Atlanta Falcons
Quarterback #8
Atlanta Falcons
Quarterback #8
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Marcus Mariota News

Placed on IR

The Falcons placed Mariota (knee) on injured reserve Wednesday.

Analysis: Rookie Desmond Ridder will take over as the starter, backed up by recent signing Logan Woodside. Mariota, meanwhile, will undergo a procedure on his knee and will be ineligible for the final four weeks of the regular season.

Dec 14, 2022 11:47 AM EST

Headed for IR

Coach Arthur Smith noted Wednesday that Mariota (knee) is slated to undergo a knee procedure and is in line to be placed on IR, Tori McElhaney of the Falcons' official site reports.

Analysis: With Mariota out for the rest of the regular season, rookie Desmond Ridder is slated to start at QB for the Falcons down the stretch, backed up by Logan Woodside. Per D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Mariota's knee procedure will happen next week, with a timetable for the veteran signal-caller's recovery yet to be outlined by the team.

Dec 14, 2022 8:47 AM EST

Likely IR-bound due to knee

Mariota has a knee injury and may need to be placed on injured reserve, according to coach Arthur Smith, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Mariota was benched for rookie Desmond Ridder during Atlanta's Week 14 bye, and while Smith insists Ridder's promotion was performance-based, Mariota's injury likely played a role in that decision. Atlanta recently signed quarterback Logan Woodside, who will presumably back up Ridder for the duration of Mariota's absence.

Dec 12, 2022 11:39 AM EST

Benched for rookie

Mariota will cede the Falcons' starting quarterback duties to Desmond Ridder following the team's Week 14 bye, with the rookie set to direct the offense in his NFL debut Dec. 18 in New Orleans, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Mariota's benching comes with the Falcons having dropped four of their last five games to enter the bye week at 5-8, which puts Atlanta two games behind the Buccaneers in the loss column for the NFC South lead. Under the stewardship of Mariota, the Falcons offense has been a bottom-five unit in yards per game this season, and the veteran signal-caller has turned the ball over 11 times (nine interceptions, two lost fumbles) through 13 contests. Much like Mariota, Ridder presents a threat as a runner, but the Falcons are likely hoping the rookie third-round pick out of Cincinnati can provide enough of an upgrade in the passing game to keep the team alive in the NFC playoff picture over the final four weeks of the regular season.

Dec 8, 2022 7:57 AM EST

Throws game-sealing INT

Mariota completed 13 of 24 passes for 167 yards, a touchdown and an interception during Sunday's 19-16 loss to Pittsburgh. He also rushed three times for 17 yards.

Analysis: Mariota targeted Drake London, who fished with six receptions on 12 targets for 95 yards, early and often, but Atlanta's passing game struggled once again. The dual-threat quarterback failed to get 20 rushing yards, ending an eight-game streak reaching that plateau. He also throw a game-sealing interception to Minkah Fitzpatrick on the Falcons' final offensive possession. Overall, it was an underwhelming day for Mariota, who's emerged as a viable streaming option, and he'll look to get back on track when the Falcons return to action following their Week 14 bye.

Dec 4, 2022 2:34 PM EST

Costly pick in loss

Mariota completed 15 of 25 passes for 174 yards, one touchdown and one interception in Sunday's 19-13 loss to the Commanders. He added six rushes for 49 yards.

Analysis: From a fantasy perspective, Mariota performed as expected thanks to work with his legs, as he's now topped 40 rushing yards in five of his last eight games. He also tossed a four-yard touchdown pass on a misdirection play midway through the second quarter. However, Mariota's performance left plenty to be desired, as he averaged only 7.0 yards per attempt and also threw an interception at the Commnanders' goal line with just over a minute remaining in the contest. Despite the uninspiring performance, Mariota is likely to remain Atlanta's starting quarterback so long as the team remains in playoff contention.

Nov 27, 2022 3:44 PM EST

Two scores in win

Mariota completed 13 of 20 passes for 131 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 27-24 win over the Bears. He also rushed 13 times for 25 yards and an additional score.

Analysis: Mariota threw a two-yard touchdown to Drake London on the Falcons' first drive of the game and gave Atlanta a 24-17 lead at the end of the third quarter with a 10-yard touchdown run. The quarterback didn't produce many yards, but he made plays when he needed to, avoided turnovers and found the end zone twice in a solid win over the Bears. Mariota continues to be a solid steaming option, but his overall production remains limited due to Atlanta's meager passing attack.

Nov 20, 2022 2:22 PM EST

No QB change being considered

The Falcons intend to stick with Mariota as the starter at least as long as the team remains in playoff contention, Ian Rapoport reports.

Analysis: Atlanta is coming off back-to-back losses with Mariota under center, but the team remains just one game out of contention for first place in the NFC South heading into Sunday's matchup against the Bears. Coach Arthur Smith reportedly isn't considering any changes to the quarterback position, even with rookie third-round pick Desmond Ridder awaiting a chance to be evaluated. It's possible, however, that if the Falcons were to fall out of playoff contention, the situation could be revisited. Mariota has only surpassed 200 passing yards in three of 10 appearances this season, though his 347 rushing yards and three scores on the ground have added a dynamic aspect to Atlanta's offense.

Nov 20, 2022 4:29 AM EST

Solid numbers in Week 10 loss

Mariota completed 19 of 30 passes for 186 yards with two touchdowns and one interception and rushed three times for 43 yards during the Falcons' 25-15 loss to the Panthers on Thursday night.

Analysis: Mariota's final numbers were solid overall, although he was under constant duress and was brought down five times. The veteran signal-caller connected with Drake London and KhaDarel Hodge on touchdowns of seven and 25 yards, respectively, but he took two of his sacks on the Falcons' last multi-play drive, snuffing out any hope of a comeback. Mariota's passing yardage total was actually his second highest since Week 3, but he's now been under 200 yards through the air in six of his last seven games. Mariota and the Falcons return home to take on the Bears in a Week 11 matchup a week from Sunday.

Nov 10, 2022 8:34 PM EST

Quiet performance in loss

Mariota completed 12 of 23 passes for 129 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions in the Falcons' 20-17 loss to the Chargers on Sunday. He also rushed five times for 24 yards.

Analysis: Mariota put up a typically modest performance through the air and couldn't quite replicate one of his more productive rushing performances. The veteran signal-caller couldn't do much after a successful first two drives that netted 145 yards and 10 points, with Atlanta's next four possessions resulting in punts and a fumble. Mariota was able to helm one more touchdown march in the third quarter that culminated in a Cordarrelle Paterson three-yard touchdown rush, but he ultimately finished with third sub-130-yard tally through the air in the last four games. Mariota will aim for much better production across the board in a Week 10 road matchup versus the Panthers on Thursday night.

Nov 6, 2022 4:15 PM EST

Throws three touchdowns in win

Mariota completed 20 of 28 passes for 253 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions during Sunday's 37-34 win over the Panthers. He also rushed six times for 43 yards.

Analysis: Mariota's second pass of the game was intercepted, but he bounced back and submitted an efficient performance through the air en route to a season-high 253 passing yards. The quarterback's dual-threat ability was also on display again as he rushed for at least 30 rushing yards for a fourth straight game, totaling 185 rushing yards during that stretch. Mariota's first touchdown was a well-designed play that left Kyle Pitts wide open for a two-yard score, but his second and third scores were nice throws that turned into big plays with great efforts from Tyler Allgeier and Damiere Byrd. Sunday's performance marked the veteran's best performance of the season, and he'll look to build off his success against the Chargers in Week 9.

Oct 30, 2022 4:10 PM EST

Attempts only 13 passes

Mariota completed eight of his 13 pass attempts for 124 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions in Sunday's 35-17 loss to the Bengals. He added six rushes for 31 yards.

Analysis: Atlanta remained dedicated to the run despite facing a large deficit for nearly the entire game, and Mariota has now attempted fewer than 20 passes in three of his last four games. Nearly all of his production came on a 75-yard touchdown pass to Damiere Byrd just before halftime. In addition to his limited production as a passer, Mariota was also bottled up as a rusher, as he entered the game having tallied at least 50 yards on the ground in consecutive matchups. The Falcons have shown a commitment to rushing the ball regardless of game script this season, which makes it difficult to trust Mariota or any of the team's pass catchers for consistent production.

Oct 23, 2022 8:25 PM EST

Three touchdowns in win

Mariota completed 13 of 14 passes for 129 yards and two touchdowns during Sunday's 28-14 victory versus the 49ers. He also rushed six times for 50 yards and an additional score.

Analysis: Mariota submitted his cleanest performance of the season as he threw just one incompletion and didn't fumble for the first time during the campaign. It was the second straight contest that Mariota didn't turn the ball over, which may be a sign he's shaken the rust off after not playing regularly since the 2019 season. Mariota was sharp from the start Sunday and completed 13 straight passes to start the game, including a two-yard touchdown to MyCole Pruitt and a seven-yard score to Kyle Pitts. Mariota's dual-threat ability was also on full display as he used his speed to make big plays in the running game and gave the Falcons a 21-14 lead in the second quarter with a three-yard rushing score. This type of performance is exactly what Mariota can bring to Atlanta's offense, but he'll have to prove he can do it consistently. He'll look to maintain his strong play in Week 7 against the Bengals.

Oct 16, 2022 1:56 PM EST

No turnovers in loss

Mariota completed 14 of 25 passes for 147 yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 21-15 loss to Tampa Bay. He also rushed seven times for 61 yards and didn't lose his only fumble.

Analysis: After a stagnant start to the contest, Mariota and the Falcons offense got going in the second half and produced modest results. The key for Mariota on the day was zero turnovers after turning the ball over five times over his past three games. His dual-threat ability gives him a relatively high floor, but it appears the Falcons offense will be limited against top-tier defenses like Tampa Bay, especially when they are without Cordarrelle Patterson (knee) and Kyle Pitts (hamstring). Mariota salvaged his production by connecting with Olamide Zaccheaus late in the fourth quarter, but his overall production was far from elite.

Oct 9, 2022 1:55 PM EST

Performs horribly in win

Mariota completed just seven of 19 pass attempts for 139 yards and an interception while rushing five times for three yards in Sunday's 23-20 win over Cleveland.

Analysis: Mariota got the win for his team, but he certainly did not help his fantasy managers with his final stat line. The former first-round pick was under duress all game by the Browns' elite pass rush unit. Mariota had been putting up strong fantasy results leading up to this near-negative game, so there is a chance for a bounce-back performance against the Buccaneers -- who are much tighter against opposing rushing attacks -- next Sunday.

Oct 2, 2022 6:13 PM EST

Mixed results in win

Mariota completed 13 of 20 passes for 229 yards with one touchdown and one interception in Sunday's 27-23 victory over the Seahawks. He added seven rushes for four yards and an additional score but fumbled twice, losing one.

Analysis: Mariota capped off the Falcons' first offensive possession with a one-yard touchdown run and continued to move the ball efficiently throughout the first half. Atlanta scored on its first three drives of the game as Mariota connected with Kyle Pitts early and often. However, Mariota ended the half on a sour note by throwing an ill-advised pass that was picked off by Tariq Woolen on the final play before halftime. Nonetheless, the offense regained the momentum to start the third quarter, cruising into field-goal range, but a false start and a strip-sack stalled the Falcons' first drive of the second half, forcing them to settle for a 54-yard field goal. On Atlanta's next drive, Cordarrelle Patterson rushed for 58 yards on two carries to set up a 14-yard touchdown pass to Drake London. When it looked like Falcons' offense was going to ice the game with another long drive, Mariota mishandled a read-option play and lost a fumble that almost set up a game-winning touchdown drive for the Seahawks. Aside from a trio of turnover worthy plays and perhaps a missed deep shot or two, Mariota was efficient while leading Atlanta's revamped offense to a third straight contest with at least 25 points.

Sep 25, 2022 5:12 PM EST

Slowed by Rams

Mariota completed 17 of 26 passes for 196 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in Sunday's 31-27 loss to the Rams. He added six rushes for 16 yards.

Analysis: Mariota moved the Atlanta offense early on but saw drives stall prior to reaching the end zone. After the Rams took a 28-3 lead, he managed to lead a substantial comeback with touchdown tosses of four and 11 yards. The disappointing part of his performance came in the form of three turnovers -- he lost a fumble in addition to his interceptions -- and his lack of production on the ground. Nevertheless, Mariota has shown the ability to lead the Falcons' offense effectively as they head into a Week 3 matchup against Seattle.

Sep 18, 2022 9:01 PM EST

As advertised in ATL debut

Mariota completed 20 of 33 passes for 215 yards during Sunday's 27-26 loss to the Saints. He also rushed 12 times for 72 yards and a score.

Analysis: Mariota was efficient passing the ball and showcased his dual-threat ability during his Falcons debut, but Atlanta's offense struggled mightily in the red zone. Rookie first-round pick Drake London, who played despite an ankle injury, emerged as Mariota's go-to target and finished with team highs in targets (seven) receptions (five) and receiving yards (74). Despite not finding the end zone through the air, Mariota's production on the ground still leaves him as a viable option in deeper leagues moving forward. However, he faces a difficult test next week against the Rams defense, who'll look to bounce back from a poor performance against Buffalo.

Sep 11, 2022 2:24 PM EST

Plays three series

Mariota completed six of his 10 passes for 132 yards and a touchdown in Monday's loss to the Jets.

Analysis: Mariota led the offense on three drives, tallying 10 points. He was effective in different areas of the field, connecting on short attempts but also airing out passes that went for gains of 52 and 39 to Kyle Pitts and Anthony Firkser, respectively. While Desmond Ridder was also effective, Mariota has reportedly been the more consistent quarterback in camp and should be the starting quarterback for the Falcons in Week 1.

Aug 22, 2022 8:41 PM EST

Slated to play Monday

Coach Arthur Smith said any Falcon who is healthy is in line to play in Monday's preseason outing at the Jets, a group that includes Mariota, Michael Rothstein of reports.

Analysis: Smith relayed the news on Monday Night Countdown on ESPN. Mariota played one series in preseason Week 1 at Detroit, completing both passes for 36 yards and racking up 23 more yards on three carries, one of which resulted in a six-yard dive into the end zone. With Drake London (knee) and likely Bryan Edwards (shoulder) out Monday, Kyle Pitts and Cordarrelle Patterson will be the name skill-position players available to Mariota.

Aug 22, 2022 4:57 PM EST

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