Monday, the Tennessee Titans began preparations for the Minnesota Vikings and their newly acquired quarterback, Sam Bradford. Head Coach Mike Mularkey says his team knows a lot about Bradford. Even though it is a huge change due to Teddy Bridgewater’s injury. However Mularkey said Bradford has been in the NFL long enough to see everything and he’s more focused on his team’s preparations. As of right now, Shaun Hill is the starting quarterback and Bradford will be the backup. Nobody knows if that will be the case Sunday.
Also, Mularkey discussed second-year quarterback Marcus Mariota’s growth during his first NFL offseason:
“I just think the same word I’ve been using—consistency, putting us in the right situation. Whatever the defense does, putting our guys in the right place, which he’s done this whole offseason. Continue to do it in games. Continue to take what the defense gives us. That’s a big emphasis. Again, his ball security has been probably talked about more than anything. I think that’s one thing he’s gotten better at.”
Yesterday, the Titans signed Marc Mariani for his second tour of duty with the team. He will immediately participate in kickoff and punt returns. Mariani comes back to the Titans after a couple of seasons with the Chicago Bears and is glad to play in Nashville once again.
“A lot of things are the same, but there’s a lot of stuff different,’’ Mariani said. “And I think it’s a lot of change for the better. I am excited to be back and excited to get rolling here with these guys.”
Mariani was a 7th round pick by the Titans in the 2010 NFL Draft and made it to the Pro Bowl during his record-breaking rookie season. He missed the 2012 and 2013 seasons due to injuries. He was released during final cuts in August 2014, and signed by the Chicago Bears in November of the 2014 season.
“It’s been a roller coaster, man,” Mariani continued. “This league can do some crazy things. When I got a phone call in Chicago and things didn’t work out, your mind kind of spins and you don’t know what to think. It was emotional. … When (the Titans) called it got me feeling good again. I just couldn’t be more thrilled. I am excited to be a Titan again and it feels good to be back.”
Twenty-three players on this year’s 53 man roster did not play for the Titans last season. That’s a turnover rate of 41%. General manager Jon Robinson and Mularkey made sure they put a physical imprint on the team.
The Tennessee Titans will play the Minnesota Vikings at Nissan Stadium in Nashville. Kickoff is Sunday, September 11th at Noon (1:00pm EDT) and will be broadcast on Fox.