NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Out of the 32 players taken in this year’s NFL Draft 1st Round, a single player remains unsigned as we get into the lull between minicamp and training camp.
That one is Titans 1st pick, Marcus Mariota.
Tennessee has a history of this with 2012 and 2013 first picks Kendall Wright and Chance Warmack missing part of training camp while negotiating, but this is a quarterback we’re talking about.
Mariota needs that time to grow and develop, and he and his head coach know that.
“He’ll still be working. We’ll communicate, and there will be questions,” said Titans Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt. “One of the big benefits is having all these reps that he’s gotten. He’ll have all that on his iPad, and he’ll be going back through them. It’s just more about being comfortable with what we’re trying to do in this offense.”
“You know, I’m doing my best to learn as much as I can in this offense, and I think that process for me has gone pretty well so far,” Mariota said. “Again, it’s a long process. It’s a long road ahead of us, but I think there’s a solid foundation.”
With five weeks until training camp starts, there’s still plenty of time to get the deal done, but Tennessee doesn’t want to waste time building this struggling franchise into the future.