Mariota made a couple throws into tight windows with good anticipation on Wednesday, one to well-covered tight end tight end Delanie Walker. It was in contrast to Tuesday when he had an interception, a fumble and was up and down throughout.
“The thing that he does well is he throws the ball right when you come out of your breaks,” Walker said. “For receivers, that’s what you want. That gives you opportunity to get the ball before the defender can break on us. He does some good things.”
Anticipation was an issue for some of Mariota’s critics as he came out of Oregon, and I think it’s a concern. These two throws in particular on Wednesday showed he is capable of it, but that’s with no rush and with no one in pads.
And, technically, he’ll need to release some passes before the target comes out of a break, not right as he does, right?
That’s nitpicky right now, however. It was a good day where he scored in some departments that haven’t necessarily been a strength.
“He made some good throws, especially on those outside routes,” coach Ken Whisenhunt said. “Anticipation is good. He moved in the pocket well. There are still some terminology things that he is getting stuck on. It’s all new to him, but as far as processing things, you’re seeing him start to grow and you like that, you get excited about that.”