NASHVILLE, Tenn. —Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota is off to an impressive start during the preseason.
In fact, he's drawn praise from numerous national observers for his poise in the pocket, and decision making. In Sunday's game against the Rams, he also cleaned up his mistakes from the previous week.
So how does Mariota's start compare to the first two games for a pair of other first round picks at the position? Keep in mind Mariota has started the first two games while quarterbacks Vince Young and Jake Locker came off the bench in their first two appearances.
Let's take a look at the numbers:
Player: Marcus Mariota
Opponents: Falcons, Rams.
Starter: Mariota, Mariota.
Passing: 12-of-16, 153 yards, 0 TDs, 1 INT, 1 sack.
Longest completion: 35 yards.
Completion percentage: 75%.
Passer rating: 78.4.
Player: Jake Locker
Opponents: Vikings, Rams.
Starter: Matt Hasselbeck, Hasselbeck.
Passing: 15-of-28, 171 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 1 sack.
Longest completion: 45 yards.
Completion percentage: 53.6%.
Passer rating: 69.2.
Player: Vince Young
Opponents: Saints, Broncos.
Starter: Billy Volek, Volek.
Passing: 15-of-30, 181 yards, 0 TDs, 0 INTs, 2 sacks.
Longest completion: 23 yards. Completion percentage: 50%.
Passer rating: 68.9.