NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Youth is being served with the Tennessee Titans, right before our very eyes.
In addition to quarterback Marcus Mariota, several other rookies have also logged significant playing time on offense during the 2015 season. In fact, it's the most rookies have contributed in recent years.
The team starts Jeremiah Poutasi at right tackle, and receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, center Andy Gallik and fullback Jalston Fowler have also played roles on this year's team on offense. All but Fowler have recorded at least one start.
So far, Titans rookies have accounted for 21.7 percent of the team's offensive snaps. Include the playing time of first-year and second-year players with the rookies this season, and the group has accounted for 37.7 percent of the club's offensive snaps.
In the last four seasons, the rate at which Titans rookies, first-year and second-year players are participating in offense through six games is at its highest point.
Percent of Titans' total offensive snaps through six games, 2012-2015:
Season/Rookies/Rookies, 1st-year & 2nd-year players
2015 -21.7%, 37.7%
2014 -5.2%, 31.1%
2013 -10.4%, 19.7%
2012 -8.0%, 12.8%