Barring an injury, the preseason is where backup quarterbacks see their most playing time of the season.
In the case of Raiders QB Marcus Mariota, it would’ve served as time behind center to just get real-game reps in. Mariota is coming off a season in which he only appeared in one game.
“He’s got a sore leg, so he couldn’t practice, so I would think his status for the game is very much questionable,” said Raiders head coach Jon Gruden.
The soreness would likely keep him out their Saturday preseason opener against the Seahawks.
Mariota’s injury doesn’t seem serious and that’s a good sign. The former Oregon Duck is looking to show his versatility with the team as a red zone threat and also regain his value as a QB.
Just recently he admitted to watching the QB market, as it’s clear his goal is to once again become a starter. One team that’s gained speculation is the Colts with Carson Wentz out for some time due to a foot injury.
A lot seems to be on the line for Mariota, and he understands that. He took a pay cut to remain with the Raiders this season and will be thrust into a new role at times to show he’s a team player.
What matters most, though, is, can he be the guy throwing the ball as he did in Tennessee or better? That’s the question that could be answered in a small sample size like preseason.