Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota will start in the preseason opener against the New York Jets, per TitansOnline.com writer Jim Wyatt on Monday.
The former Oregon Duck and Heisman Trophy winner will play in his first game since fracturing his fibula in a Week 16 loss against the Jaguars last season.
How much Mariota will play has not been determined, according to coach Mike Mularkey, but he wants his third-year QB to receive game action in preparation for the regular season.
“I think it is important for him to get into a real game and a real rush where they can actually come close to you,” Mularkey said. “Here they are instructed to stay away from him at all cost. … It will be good for him to get his feet wet a little bit.”
Last season, Mariota finished the season with a career-high 3,426 yards, 26 touchdowns and had a passer rating of 95.6. That rating is the third-highest in a single season only behind Warren Moon in 1990 and Steve McNair in 2003.
Mariota will be under center Saturday against the Jets at 7:30 p.m. ET.