Marcus Mariota proves he’s the best choice for the Atlanta Falcons quarterback – Atlanta Falcons Blog

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – It was late to practice on Saturday, and the Atlanta Falcons quarterback Marcus Mariota It seems that there is no place to cast it. Coverage was good, but this was a red zone game, so get to the end zone.

And when he scored, Mariota celebrated firing the soccer ball more than halfway up the hill as the fans sat and watched practice. It was a moment of excitement in the midst of one of the most competitive practices of coach Arthur Smith’s tenure and possibly the release of the midfielder himself.

“There’s probably a little more emotion than I’ve seen from him in a while,” Smith said. “Maybe a little bit of it is a little laxative.”

It’s been a few years since Mariota, who finished second in the 2015 draft, was in that position – entering a season as the team’s default quarterback. Part of the attraction was coming to Atlanta, along with his reunion with Smith, his former offensive coordinator. Two years later with Las Vegas Raiders as backup for Derek CarrThis was a chance to be the main man again.

When Mariota signed in March after Atlanta traded the franchise icon Matt Ryan To the Indianapolis Colts, he knew he was in a tough spot, replacing the best player in team history. But he’s been through so much – injuries, lost his job, basically two years watching – that this might be his best chance.

It would make sense for Mariota to feel that way, and it showed up at camp.

He’s been consistent and got the vast majority of delegates with the first unit – at least with the offensive line, as the passers were cruising with both Mariota and the rookie. Desmond Reader. Mariota is comfortable with the offense and familiar with what he is being asked to do – even if he has a group of new players playing alongside him. It moves well and seems to have a rhythm.

Attacking coordinator Dave Rajon praised Mariota for not pressing the ball into spots and finding the open receiver. It sounds simple, but a lot of times brokers don’t do it. Mariota didn’t throw any shortfalls into the team’s period—at least during the open portions of control—until the third day of training.

“His experiences certainly brought him to this place,” Smith said. “And he’s in good shape. He’s in good flow there.”

In all appearances, Mariota has been operating as if he was a starting player at the start of the season, though Smith is likely to come close to the middle as he does in every other position: the best player to play. But when it comes to the third-tier Ridder, it’s important to keep in mind that in the past six years, the only non-first-round players to start week one have been Deshone Kizer for the Cleveland Browns in 2017 and Duck Prescott for the Dallas Cowboys in 2016.

Quarterback coach Charles London tells Mariota and Reader they need to come back from their six-week summer vacation ready to go. It was clear that they complied with the way they played without podiums in the first week.

Mariota was the most accurate and most accurate midfielder. Reeder showed signs of progress behind Mariota.

Mariota was helped by good play in the receiver as there were some less-than-accurate throws, and he threw a lot of short passes – but that’s part of getting what’s available. The key to Mariota will be its accuracy. As a starter for the Tennessee Titans from 2015 to 2019, he had a 62.9 completion percentage, 25 in the NFL for that period.

He started 61 out of a potential 80 matches with the Titans, although in seasons where he was an obvious player, he’s only missed eight games. Only twice Mariota has missed back-to-back games – both in his rookie year.

Mariota also rushed for 1,399 yards and 11 touchdowns in his five kitten seasons, even though he was sitting on the bench. Ryan Taneyhill In 2019. But the quarterback and his new coach have grown since the days of the Titans, and the reunion presents an opportunity for Mariota to rediscover what worked with him early on in his career while drawing on more experience.

“It’s a great opportunity for me to prove, not only to myself but to those who believed in me,” Mariota said. “So, I’m excited. The past two years have been a great reset. I learned a lot from Derek. I learned a lot from being there. I feel ready to go.”

In Tennessee, he learned that he constantly needed to prove himself. Then, in Vegas for the past two seasons, his preparation has remained the same. Only Sundays were different. Instead of being under center, he relayed what he saw to Carr, trying to help the Raiders win games from the sidelines rather than with his arms and legs.

But he was always building towards another shot. He called Atlanta and gave him the opportunity. And now he’s leading the NFL again – as long as he plays well enough to keep him.