NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Marcus Mariota is concerned about the present, not the future.
And for the Titans third-year quarterback, the present now includes veteran receiver Eric Decker.
"I think our receiver group is young. They have lots of talent, but to have a guy with the veteran presence that Eric can be for them is huge," Mariota said of Decker, a seven-year veteran who signed with the Titans last month. Decker played previously with the Jets and Broncos.
"He's worked with Peyton Manning. He's been on very successful teams, and he's done it the right way for quite some time, so to add that piece to this team, I think it's going to be critical for us, especially later on in the year."
Mariota said he's not focused on a potential second contract with the Titans when asked about quarterback Derek Carr's recent deal with the Raiders.
Mariota made his comments to KHON-Channel 2 in Hawaii, where he's currently spending time before the Titans begin training camp later this month. Mariota was on set at the station earlier this week filming a new commercial with Island Insurance.
"For any athlete, anybody in professional sports, it's out of your control," Mariota said. "I mean, you've got to play well, you've got to do certain things, things kind of have to line up for those contracts to happen. I can't think about next season or the season after that. I've got to focus on our first game and continue to be the best guy that I can be for the team.
"If all those things happen and things go right and that contract is up, and you know, I'd love to be in Nashville and I think the Titans are such a great organization, that it would be a lot of fun to play for them for a long time."
Mariota told KHON2 he still plans to return to Nashville at least a week before camp starts to work with some of the team's receivers.
Mariota filmed the Island Insurance commercial with comedian Tony Silva.
He said he's still getting comfortable with being in commercials, and on camera.
"Probably 70 out of 100," he said when grading himself on camera. "It's still new to me. It's all kind of surreal. I'm still getting used to it, but it's a lot of fun. For me, I think I found a new respect for actors and actresses, and how they handle themselves and how they're able to do the job, because it's not very easy."
TitansOnline.com looks back at Marcus Mariota's second NFL season in 2016. (AP Photos)