The vast majority of reports regarding new Raiders’ backup quarterback Marcus Mariota in training camp have not been good.
The former Tennessee Titans starter, who the Raiders signed in March and are paying top-level backup money to, has looked rusty and nowhere near able to push Raiders starting quarterback Derek Carr, which some expected.
Mariota — who is clearly suffering from a lack of a normal offseason in a new system — continued to struggle in practice on Thursday.
On Marcus Mariota: @Raiders coach Jon Gruden has mentioned tweaking some of Mariota's fundamentals, and Marcus putting some distance between himself and some injuries he's dealt with. Bottom line, it's going to be a process getting him acclimated.— Vincent Bonsignore (@VinnyBonsignore) August 20, 2020
Gruden’s glowing review of Mariota last week in which the coach said the quarterback was “dazzling” seems like months ago.
While it’s still early and Mariota can get it together with the Silver and Black, I think it’s fair to wonder not only if he is capable of beating out Carr, but if he can even help the Raiders if Carr gets hurt.
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