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Marcus Mariota

Las Vegas Raiders
Quarterback #8
Las Vegas Raiders
Quarterback #8
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Marcus Mariota News

Moved to IR

Mariota was placed on injured reserve Saturday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: It's not a surprising development given Mariota was expected to miss multiple weeks after aggravating a quadriceps injury in Monday's overtime win over the Ravens. The 2015 first-round pick was essentially a gadget player to begin the season, but the designation means Nathan Peterson will be the top backup behind starter Derek Carr.

Sep 18, 2021 2:05 PM EST

Facing multi-week absence

The Raiders expect Mariota to miss multiple weeks after he aggravated an existing quadriceps injury in Monday's 33-27 overtime win over the Ravens, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Mariota picked up the injury on a 31-yard run on what proved to be his lone play of the game in the season opener. While Derek Carr is secure as Las Vegas' No. 1 quarterback, head coach Jon Gruden had planned to make use of Mariota's running ability in a few packages per game, so the signal-caller's expected absence will rob the Raiders of a dynamic weapon. Nathan Peterson will step in as the top understudy to Carr for however long Mariota is sidelined.

Sep 16, 2021 6:30 AM EST

Did not practice Wednesday

Mariota (quadriceps) missed practice Wednesday, Paul Gutierrez of reports.

Analysis: Mariota injured his quadriceps in his only snap in Monday's season-opening win over the Ravens. The quarterback was able to run for a big gain early in the game which resulted in his injury. If Mariota is unable to play Sunday against the Steelers, expect Nathan Peterman to takeover as Derek Carr's backup.

Sep 15, 2021 6:33 PM EST

Aggravates quad injury in opener

Raiders head coach Jon Gruden said Mariota aggravated a strained quadriceps tendon during his 31-yard run in the first quarter of Monday's 33-27 overtime win over the Ravens, Adam Hill of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

Analysis: Mariota created a big gain with his legs on his lone play of the day, and Gruden suggested the quarterback likely would have been featured in a few more packages over the course of the game had he not suffered the injury. The Raiders aren't yet aware of the extent of Mariota's injury, but Gruden said he fears the No. 2 signal-caller could be headed for a long-term absence after the quad issue kept him sidelined for the entire preseason, per Vic Tafur of The Athletic. If Mariota isn't available for the Raiders' Week 2 game in Pittsburgh and beyond, Nathan Peterson would serve as the backup to starter Derek Carr.

Sep 14, 2021 1:57 PM EST

Absent from injury report

Mariota (quadriceps) isn't listed on Thursday's injury report ahead of Monday's matchup against the Ravens.

Analysis: Mariota was held out during the preseason since the team wanted him to fully recover from a quad strain, but he appears to be back to 100 percent ahead of the season opener. He'll serve as the top backup to Derek Carr in 2021.

Sep 9, 2021 3:33 PM EST

Won't play in preseason finale

Coach Jon Gruden doesn't want to play Mariota in Sunday's preseason finale because he has not fully recovered from his quad injury, Paul Gutierrez of reports.

Analysis: Despite being cleared to play, Gruden is hesitant to throw Mariota -- due to his play style -- into preseason action until he is 100 percent recovered. The Oregon product doesn't appear to have suffered a setback, but rather the Raiders are just treating their backup quarterback's injury with an abundance of caution. In his only appearance last season, Mariota threw for 226 yards and ran for 88 more, while scoring two total touchdowns. In his absence, Nathan Peterman is expected to play the entirety of Sunday's contest.

Aug 27, 2021 1:21 PM EST

Sits due to quad strain

Mariota didn't play in Saturday's 17-16 preseason win over the Rams due to a quadriceps strain, Paul Gutierrez of reports.

Analysis: Though Mariota dressed for the contest and was expected to make his preseason debut, Raiders head coach Jon Gruden said after the game that the quarterback was "just not ready to go" while he works back from a quad strain. Fortunately for Mariota, he's not believed to be dealing with a major setback and was still available in an emergency Saturday, so he doesn't appear at risk of being sidelined to begin the regular season. Gruden remains hopeful Mariota will be ready to go for the preseason finale Aug. 29 versus the 49ers.

Aug 22, 2021 6:59 AM EST

Cleared to play Saturday

Mariota (leg) will play Saturday against the Rams, Alex Leatherwood of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Mariota missed the opening preseason tilt, although it seems likely the veteran could have played if necessary given that he warmed up prior to the contest. The Raiders are expected to utilize third-string quarterback Nathan Peterman heavily, with Mariota mixing in minimally along with nominal starter Derek Carr.

Aug 21, 2021 12:34 PM EST

In uniform Saturday

Mariota (leg) is in uniform and warming up in advance of Saturday's preseason opener against the Seahawks, Paul Gutierrez of reports.

Analysis: It's not yet clear if Mariota will see any action Saturday, but his odds of doing so appear far better than they did Thursday when it was reported he could be held out of Saturday's contest. Even if Mariota does see action, it seems unlikely the veteran will see significant snaps in the Raiders' exhibition opener.

Aug 14, 2021 5:37 PM EST

May not play Saturday

Mariota may be unavailable for Saturday's preseason opener against the Seahawks due to leg soreness, Tashan Reed of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Coach Jon Gruden reportedly described Mariota as questionable, while hinting that the backup quarterback may be trending in the wrong direction for Saturday. If Mariota is indeed unable to play Saturday, Nathan Peterman and Case Cookus could see increased opportunities for preseason run.

Aug 12, 2021 11:25 AM EST

Poised to sign re-worked deal

Mariota is expected to sign a re-worked contract with the Raiders, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Per the report, Mariota is in line to ink a one-year deal with the team worth $3.5 million, with a chance to make up to $8 million, including incentives. There had been speculation that the QB might be on the move, but this agreement will allow Mariota to reprise his role with Las Vegas, behind starter Derek Carr.

Mar 23, 2021 10:54 AM EST

Facing pay cut ultimatum

The Raiders told Mariota he will be released (or traded) if he doesn't accept a pay cut to $3 million for 2021, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Mariota is scheduled for a non-guaranteed $10.725 million in the second season of his two-year contract. The Raiders aren't likely to find a trade partner, but Mariota should be able to generate interest as a free agent, and he could ultimately get more than $3 million. Any hope for a trade would depend on a contract renegotiation that put Mariota's salary somewhere between the two aforementioned numbers.

Mar 18, 2021 11:13 AM EST

May leave Raiders

Mariota could be released this offseason, Vic Tafur of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Mariota is scheduled for a non-guaranteed $10.625 million base salary in 2021, the second season of his two-year contract. The Raiders might be interested in keeping him around as a backup QB, but probably not at that price. Mariota played well in his one 2020 appearance, piling up 226 passing yards, 88 rushing yards and two total TDs in a 30-27 loss to the Chargers in Week 15. He otherwise spent the season on the bench behind Derek Carr, who threw for 300 yards four times in the final five weeks.

Jan 19, 2021 9:00 AM EST

No role in Week 16 loss

Mariota didn't play any snaps Saturday in the Raiders' 26-25 loss to the Dolphins.

Analysis: Mariota initially seemed poised to make his first start with the Raiders when No. 1 quarterback Derek Carr suffered what was believed to be a significant groin injury in the Week 15 loss to the Chargers, but the latter ended up approaching Saturday's contest minus a designation after he surprisingly practiced in full capacity all week. Carr didn't suffer any in-game setbacks with the injury and threw for 336 yards in the narrow loss, leaving no opportunity for Mariota to get on the field on the heels of his excellent showing in relief of Carr against the Chargers. The Raiders have now been eliminated from playoff contention after suffering their fifth loss in six games, but Carr is still expected to start in the season finale Jan. 3 at Denver even though he may be at less-than-optimal health.

Dec 27, 2020 7:24 AM EST

Busy night in emergency duty

Mariota entered Thursday's night's 30-27 overtime loss to the Chargers for Derek Carr (groin) with 13:29 remaining in the second quarter and completed 17 of 28 passes for 226 yards with a touchdown and an interception. He also rushed nine times for 88 yards and another score.

Analysis: Seeing his first game action since the Titans' AFC Championship Game loss to the Chiefs in January, Mariota looked like he hadn't missed a beat, hitting Fabian Moreau for a 22-yard gain on his first pass attempt and culminating his first drive with a 35-yard scoring strike to Darren Waller. The 2015 second overall pick continued to produce throughout the contest, leading three scoring drives comprised of at least 10 plays and impressively capping off the penultimate one with a two-yard touchdown dive into the right corner of the end zone. Mariota's late fourth-quarter interception may very well have cost the Raiders a win, considering it came at the Chargers' 16-yard line with under two minutes to play and the score tied, but it's difficult to find fault overall with what the sixth-year pro was able to do in an emergency capacity. Carr will have a couple of extra days to try and heal up for a Week 16 Saturday night battle against the Dolphins on Dec. 26, but if he's unable ot suit up, Mariota will be in line to start a potentially critical game for Las Vegas.

Dec 17, 2020 9:26 PM EST

Assumes back up role

Mariota will handle back up duties for Sunday's game against the Jets, Paul Gutierrez of reports.

Analysis: Nathan Peterman had been handling the back up job behind Derek Carr since Week 8, but Mariota will get the opportunity Sunday. It's unclear if Mariota has taken over as the team's back up for good or if this is just an isolated occurrence.

Dec 6, 2020 8:52 AM EST

Inactive yet again

Mariota (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Broncos.

Analysis: Mariota continues to operate as the No. 3 quarterback for Las Vegas, while Nathan Peterman is the primary backup for Derek Carr.

Nov 15, 2020 11:53 AM EST

Sitting Week 8

Mariota (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game at Cleveland, Vic Tafur of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The 27-year-old was activated off injured reserve Oct. 20 but has been a healthy scratch in his first two games on the active roster. Mariota appears entrenched as Las Vegas' No. 3 quarterback, with Nathan Peterman continuing to handle backup duties.

Nov 1, 2020 9:18 AM EST

Not ready for game action

Mariota (pectoral) is inactive for Sunday's matchup against the Buccaneers, Case Keefer of The Las Vegas Sun reports.

Analysis: Mariota was designated to return from injured reserve Sept. 30 and subsequently activated from IR on Tuesday. Despite the progression he has made from a strained pectoral suffered in training camp, Mariota will remain sidelined for at least one more week. Behind starting quarterback Derek Carr, fourth-year man Nathan Peterman stands as the backup option against coach Jon Gruden's former team.

Oct 25, 2020 1:00 PM EST

Comes off IR

The Raiders activated Mariota (pectoral) from injured reserve Tuesday.

Analysis: Mariota picked up a strained pectoral in the later stages of training camp and opened the season on IR. The Raiders opened his 21-day window to be activated to the active roster on Sept. 30, so needed the entire three weeks to prove his health the the team's training staff. Expect Mariota to serve as Derek Carr's backup QB moving forward.

Oct 20, 2020 2:14 PM EST

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