NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Three preseason games down, and one to go for quarterback Marcus Mariota and the Titans.
If Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt decides to play him against the Vikings, that is.
Mariota, the second overall pick, still hasn't thrown his first NFL touchdown. But he's directed scoring drives, made good decisions, and shown plenty of poise on the field so far.
So how does Mariota's start compare to the first three games for a pair of other first round picks at the position? Keep in mind Mariota has started the first three games while quarterbacks Vince Young and Jake Locker came off the bench in their first three appearances.
Let's take a look at the numbers:
Player: Marcus Mariota
Opponents: Falcons, Rams, Chiefs.
Starter: Mariota, Mariota, Mariota.
Passing: 19-of-27, 252 yards, 0 TDs, 1 INT, 2 sacks.
Longest completion: 35 yards.
Completion percentage: 70.4%.
Passer rating: 84.2.
Player: Jake Locker
Opponents: Vikings, Rams, Bears.
Starter: Matt Hasselbeck, Hasselbeck, Hasselbeck.
Passing: 17-of-32, 184 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 1 sack.
Longest completion: 45 yards.
Completion percentage: 53.1%.
Passer rating: 67.7.
Player: Vince Young
Opponents: Saints, Broncos, Falcons.
Starter: Billy Volek, Volek, Volek.
Passing: 21-of-40, 277 yards, 0 TDs, 1 INTs, 4 sacks.
Longest completion: 28 yards.
Completion percentage: 52.5%.
Passer rating: 64.3.