Marcus Mariota: Eric Decker “makes it easy”

AP

The Titans signed wide receiver Eric Decker in late June, which means he didn’t get a chance to work with quarterback Marcus Mariota during Tennessee’s offseason program.

They finally got a chance to work on the field together during Saturday’s opening practice of training camp and Decker caught several passes from Mariota over the course of the proceedings. Mariota enjoyed their first work together and is looking forward to building up a rapport heading into the season.

“He makes it easy,” Mariota said, via the team’s website. “He made a couple of great plays, and that is something to build off of and hopefully we’ll carry that over. He’s savvy, and he understands routes and ways to get open and create separation. So I think the way he was able to come out today and make plays says a lot about him and we are excited.”

Decker isn’t the only new target for Mariota. First-round pick Corey Davis is also expected to play a significant role at receiver and he finally signed his contract on Saturday, which Mariota called a “huge” development for the offense. Davis is expected to practice on Sunday.

13 responses to “Marcus Mariota: Eric Decker “makes it easy”

  1. If Mariota plays 16 games. The Titans are going to win the division this season. Decker makes them a complete offense. The defense has to hold up in the back end but Tennessee’s arrow is pointed upwards.

  2. They need to bring in RG3 as insurance behind Mariota. Who wants the season to go down the drain if Mariota gets injured or has to miss some times. RG3 is the same run threat as Mariota and the offense would not have to change a bit. He also has the post season scrambling ability that most pure pocket passers do not have and so they crumble against the post season defenses.

    The backup QB’s are o.k. regular season guys, I guess, but the post season is an entirely different game and level.

  3. Decker probably thinks the same thing. After all this is a guy who played with Tim Tebow, a broken down Peyton Manning, Geno Smith, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bryce Petty, etc. He’s got to be pretty happy with Mariota.

  4. Loved Decker when he was in Denver. The only thing that could stop him was the field (tripped on grass a couple times).

    If he and Mariota both stay healthy I think the Titans can easily win the division. With Davis, Decker, Taywan Taylor and Walker, they finally have weapons for Mariota outside of the run game. I’m very excited to root for the Titans in the AFC South this year.

  5. I suppose Decker was lined up in the backfield…you know…since Mariota can’t throw either to his WRs or to teammates beyond 5 yards downfield.

    Last year completed 43% of his passes to RBs or TEs…

    What do you get when you’re 4th option is your first option? Marcus Mariota – captain checkdown.

  6. He put up #1 receiver numbers with Manning but he is really a #2 or #3 receiver at best.

  7. Decker won’t have to be the main guy in TN, either. They got Davis signed, there’s still Walker, Harry Douglas, Rishad Mathews, and the other rookie Taywan Taylor. Also, don’t forget, there’s the plan to “sprinkle in” Adoree Jackson. Combine those guys with one of the best running games in the league and it’s bound to be trouble for teams to try and keep up with. The two question marks: Mariota’s health and the secondary.

  8. quintorisjones says:
    Jul 30, 2017 1:45 PM

    I suppose Decker was lined up in the backfield…you know…since Mariota can’t throw either to his WRs or to teammates beyond 5 yards downfield.

    Last year completed 43% of his passes to RBs or TEs…

    What do you get when you’re 4th option is your first option? Marcus Mariota – captain checkdown.

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    Brady has won 5 SBs taking what the defense gives him. So I am ok with this strategy. But he’s had a pretty crappy bunch of WRs for his first 2 years in the league. Now he has actually has weapons. Frankly, I don’t give a crap who he throws the ball to so long as they are open & can move the chains.

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