Marcus Mariota has had a tricky preseason due to a quad keeping him sidelined. Although he is questionable for the Raiders’ preseason finale against the 49ers.
The injury has prohibited him from showcasing himself to other teams, something he’s talked openly about doing to regain value around the league.
Despite being hampered by the injury, he is expected to have a respectable role within the Raiders offense, which more than likely played a role in his return to the team.
“To wake up and know the area,” Mariota told Raiders podcast on re-signing. “You’re not waking up in a new city. You’re not learning a new system. For me, that’s been quite the joy. I’ve been kind of a part of a lot of turnovers in my career. To have some stability has been nice for me.”
Along with stability, Mariota genuinely found joy in being with the Raiders a season ago. Despite being sidelined for a majority of the season, it’s the stuff the public doesn’t see that left an impression on him.
“I felt with this staff, with this quarterback room that I could become the best of my abilities,” he said. “I really learned a lot, I’ve really absorbed a lot over the last couple of years. To just be around these guys to see the high level of play from Derek, for me, has been a learning experience.”
The duo of Mariota and Derek Carr will be interesting to watch. Especially in the red zone, which the Raiders haven’t hidden as to how they plan to use Mariota.
With an injury he had to recover from last year, Mariota also had to deal with a pandemic like the rest of the world.
It was tough to deal with, but Mariota being himself has found the bright spot of a tough situation.
“It’s part of the journey, that’s how I kind of looked at it,” he said. “It was a different experience. It was challenging at times, but at the same time, to go through that has created a foundation for me and others who came here for their first year. It was a difficult time for a lot of people but now that we’re coming on the other side of it people can say, ‘we’ve got through it and it’ll make us better.’”