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Marcus Mariota is ‘struggling’ so far in Raiders training camp

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When the Raiders signed former Tennessee  Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota this offseason, it was to be believed that he was brought in to compete and potentially replace Derek Carr before the season starts.

But after a few weeks of practice, it appears that is no longer the case.

In an article from the Athletic by Tashan Reed, Mariota and his time with the Raiders so far hasn’t really clicked just yet.

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Mariota has his moments at times, but he is lacking consistency with the accuracy of his throws from day to day in practice.

Reed had this to say about Mariota so far during camp:

Marcus Mariota has been struggling. It’s been a rough training camp for the $7.5 million backup quarterback. His worst practice may have been Thursday. He threw a bad interception and missed a few easy throws by a wide margin. Starting quarterback Derek Carr and coach Jon Gruden have praised Mariota every chance they get, but he’s having a difficult time right now. While I never thought Carr’s job would be in jeopardy, I’m sure of it now. -- Tashan Reed

For Mariota, this is an entirely new offense from what he is used to from his five years in Tennessee, as well as not really have an offseason to learn this Raider offense due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

According to Levi Damien of the Raiders Wire, Mariota did have a better day on Friday, showing off his arm talent on a deep pass to Keelan Doss for a touchdown. But it’s worth noting again that Damien saw some accuracy issues, as well, missing wide receiver Nelson Agholor on a screen pass.

So far, it looks like the job at the starting spot is still Carr’s for the moment. The Raiders are hoping that Mariota can get up to speed before the season starts in case Carr doesn’t start the season off in the right foot.

 

Anything can happen in training camp, and we will see who the Raiders decide to have under center when they take on the Panthers in the first game on September 13th.

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