Marcus Mariota

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

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

Rushes for score

Mariota completed both of his passing attempts for 36 yards and rushed three times for 23 yards and a touchdown in Friday's 27-23 preseason win over the Lions.

Analysis: Mariota only played Atlanta's opening series but made his presence felt. The signal-caller connected with first-round pick Drake London on a 24-yard gain prior to capping the series with a six-yard scramble for a score. Although London was banged up following his reception, he was reportedly in good shape on the sideline, which could offer a relief to Mariota as he prepares for the upcoming campaign. Behind Mariota, rookie Desmond Ridder completed 10 of 22 throws for 103 yards and two touchdowns, including a 21-yard, go-ahead score with a minute-and-a-half remaining. Ridder also rushed six times for 59 yards, helping his case to push Mariota for reps early on.

Aug 12, 2022 6:43 PM EST

Should play some Friday

Mariota is expected to play about a quarter in Friday's preseason matchup with Detroit, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Analysis: Lions coach Dan Campbell said he and Falcons coach Arthur Smith agreed to play starters for about a quarter. Mariota thus gets his first chance to throw passes to Drake London and Kyle Pitts in a game setting, assuming both guys also suit up. Reports out of camp suggest Mariota has been consistently better than rookie QB Desmond Ridder, a four-year college starter and third-round pick.

Aug 12, 2022 1:21 PM EST

On track for Week 1 start

Mariota continues to dominate first-team snaps in practice and has looked "crisper" and "more accurate" than rookie Desmond Ridder,'s Michael Rothstein reports.

Analysis: Mariota looks like one of the lesser Week 1 starters around the league, but that doesn't necessarily mean he'll be rapidly unseated by a rookie third-round pick. Then again, Mariota struggled to stay healthy when he was the start in Tennessee, and that was behind much better O-lines than what the Falcons have fielded in recent years. While and injury or benching is certainly possible, it doesn't look like Ridder has much chance to earn the Week 1 staring job. Still, he'll be one of the players to watch closely this preseason, with his development potentially impacting Atlanta's plans for not only this season but also next year's draft. Mariota, meanwhile, arguably offers more upside for fantasy than real life, as he had at least 252 rushing yards and multiple TDs in each of his first NFL seasons, despite playing in offenses that didn't give him many designed runs. Those designed QB runs haven't been a huge part of Falcons coach Arthur Smith's offenses in the past, but he may reconsider now that he's working with Mariota and Ridder instead of Ryan Tannehill or Matt Ryan.

Aug 4, 2022 5:42 AM EST

Starting QB in training camp

Mariota has worked exclusively with the starters in training camp, Steve Wyche of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: It's possible rookie third-round pick Desmond Ridder will get a chance to play at some point in 2022 if Mariota struggles or gets hurt, but Mariota is the team's clear-cut starter heading into the season. Mariota has logged 61 career NFL starts since being selected second overall in the 2015 NFL Draft by the Titans, and Atlanta appears content to lean on his experience early on rather than rush Ridder's development.

Jul 29, 2022 1:58 PM EST

Expected to open season as starter

Mariota is expected to be the Falcons' starting quarterback to start the 2022 regular season, Josh Kendall of the Athletic reports.

Analysis: Mariota signed a two-year contract with the Falcons at the end of March and was the de facto starter with Matt Ryan off to Indianaplis for a third-round pick. However, Desmond Ridder fell to Atlanta in the third round of the 2022 NFL Draft, sparking speculation that perhaps the rookie could compete for the No. 1 spot, but Falcons head coach Arthur Smith said after the draft, "with Marcus being the veteran, that's the way it'll go for now." Even with the loss of Calvin Ridley (suspension), Mariota will likely have strong expectations in his first season with Atlanta after they drafted pass catchers with top-10 overall picks in back-to-back years, but the Falcons' offense now features a trio of dynamic playmakers in Drake London, Kyle Pitts and Cordarrelle Patterson.

May 2, 2022 9:30 AM EST

Replacing Matt Ryan in Atlanta

Mariota is signing a two-year contract with the Falcons, Michael Rothstein of reports.

Analysis: The contract was announced about one hour after the Falcons reached an agreement to trade Matt Ryan to Indianapolis for a third-round pick. Mariota thus stands a good chance to be Atlanta's Week 1 starter, though it won't come as much of a surprise if the team adds rookie competition during the upcoming NFL Draft. The 28-year-old QB reunites with Falcons coach Arthur Smith, who was the TEs coach in Tennessee throughout most of Mariota's time there. Smith's first year as offensive coordinator was 2019, the season in which Mariota was benched for Ryan Tannehill after Week 6. After two years with the Raiders in a backup role, Mariota joins a rebuilding Atlanta team that doesn't offer much pass-catching talent beyond second-year tight end Kyle Pitts.

Mar 21, 2022 12:46 PM EST

Gets season-high five snaps Week 17

Mariota played five snaps on offense Sunday in the Raiders' 23-20 win over the Colts, throwing an incompletion on his lone pass attempt and carrying three times for 16 yards.

Analysis: Mariota reclaimed backup quarterback duties from Nathan Peterman as he made his return to the lineup after a one-game absence while he was on the reserve/COVID-19 list due to a positive test for the virus. Though he was unable to connect on a deep shot to wideout Hunter Renfrow, Mariota's mobility provided an added dimension to the Las Vegas offense. Expect him to have a small role on offense in this weekend's regular-season finale against the Chargers.

Jan 4, 2022 8:39 AM EST

Activated by Raiders

The Raiders activated Mariota (undisclosed) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday.

Analysis: Mariota spent five days on the reserve/COVID-19 list, but he'll be able to rejoin the team ahead of Sunday's game against the Colts. He'll serve as the No. 2 quarterback behind Derek Carr in Week 17.

Dec 31, 2021 1:54 PM EST

Placed on COVID list

Mariota has been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Analysis: In a corresponding move, the Raiders elevated Nathan Peterman from their practice squad to back up Derek Carr in Week 16. Mariota will thus be unavailable to serve as the Raiders' No. 2 QB until he clears the NFL's COVID protocols.

Dec 26, 2021 9:25 AM EST

Comes off IR

Mariota (quadriceps) was activated off injured reserve Saturday, Doug Kyed of Pro Football Focus reports.

Analysis: Mariota returned to practice this week prompting his return. The Raiders had hinted the mobile quarterback would be used in a number of sub packages designed specifically for him earlier this year, but the resignation of coach Jon Gruden could complicate that notion. Expect Mariota to assume the backup job behind Derek Carr.

Oct 16, 2021 12:19 PM EST

Back at practice Wednesday

Mariota (quadriceps) was designated to return to from injured reserve Wednesday, Paul Gutierrez of reports.

Analysis: Mariota has returned to practice as expected this week, opening a 21-day window for him to be activated from injured reserve. It's unclear if the 27-year-old will be available for Sunday's game at Denver, but he should rejoin the active roster soon if he avoids any setbacks.

Oct 13, 2021 2:59 PM EST

Nearing return to practice

Coach Jon Gruden believes Mariota (quadriceps) will return to practice this week, Adam Hill of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

Analysis: Mariota has spent the first five weeks of the season on injured reserve with the quadriceps issue, but he's apparently close to receiving the return designation and taking the practice field. It remains to be seen whether the 27-year-old is back in time to suit up for Sunday's matchup with the Broncos, but he appears to be in the final stages of his recovery.

Oct 11, 2021 3:08 PM EST

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

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