Titans' Marcus Mariota: Improved footwork can help with accuracy

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- One of Marcus Mariota's recent issues has involved his feet, and he says he got lazy on some short throws in the Tennessee Titans' recent loss at Houston.

“I can be more aggressive, in terms of using my feet,” he said. “For me as a player, I think I am better when I am active and I am moving. If I can kind of keep my feet moving in the pocket, keep my body in the right positions, I’ll be a better, accurate thrower.”

Mariota’s completion percentage sits at 58.8 through a quarter of the season, and was a career-low 44.8 percent against the Texans.

Coach Mike Mularkey said the Titans' receivers are contributing to the quarterback’s difficulties making consistent connections.

Tajae Sharpe remains the team’s top wideout, and he played 58 of the Titans' 66 offensive snaps against the Texans.

One change in Houston was that Andre Johnson played the second-most receiver snaps with 37, flipping roles with Richard Matthews, who played 25 snaps as did Kendall Wright, who was playing in his first game of the season.

Mularkey said there was no conscious effort to change those snap counts, rather it was simply the way the team’s series-by-series rotation played out.

Matthews is now getting some work at the X spot where Sharpe plays, potentially allowing for the team to lighten the rookie’s workload or increase the rotation.

“We want to get them all in, we’ve got a lot of football to play,” Mularkey said. “We want them fresh throughout the whole season.”