Jaguars wary of Mariota's mobility
As the Jaguars prepare to face the Titans for the second time in three weeks, the challenge presented by Tennessee quarterback Marcus Mariota's mobility remains fresh in their minds.
Mariota ran just five times in Jacksonville's 19-13 win on Nov. 19, but one of his rushing attempts went for a 23-yard touchdown. Although the No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 draft hasn't run as often as he did in college at the University of Oregon, the Jaguars know he remains dangerous as a runner.
“There won’t be a ton of designed quarterback runs, but anytime he’s in the shotgun with a back offset he’s a threat,” Jaguars linebacker Paul Posluszny said, per Jacksonville's official website. “We let our guard down for one play and he goes for a touchdown against us.”
Mariota, who has 16 touchdown passes and eight interceptions in nine games this season, has run for 137 yards on 22 attempts.
His 29 yards in the loss to Jacksonville two weeks ago was his second-highest rushing total of the year.