Titans finally intercept Mariota on his 231st pass of camp
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Marcus Mariota's streak of passes at Titans training camp without being intercepted finally is over. Linebacker Zach Brown picked off the rookie quarterback, though he needed a little help to pull in the pick.
Linebacker Avery Williamson tipped Mariota's pass in a 2-minute drill Tuesday, then safety Da'Norris Searcy tipped the ball before Brown pulled in the Heisman Trophy winner's 231st pass of training camp through seven-on-seven and team drills.
Coach Ken Whisenhunt joked that now the streak is over the Titans can see about finding another quarterback and possibly bench Mariota, the No. 2 pick overall out of Oregon.
''I'm glad it's over, so you guys will quit talking about it,'' Whisenhunt said. ''It's pretty incredible that it went this long, but he's still continuing to progress and having a good camp. I'm excited about seeing him play this Sunday.''
Mariota was intercepted on his third pass of his preseason debut last week in Atlanta. He credited this streak in camp to teammates being in the right spots.
''It was going to happen sooner or later,'' Mariota said. ''The defense made a good play. A few of the guys were able to bat it up in the air. It was a good play. It just stings a little more because it's a two-minute drill, and you want to be able to win the drill.''
The rookie quarterback had been hearing from his teammates how badly they wanted to intercept him and end the streak. Brown wound up fumbling after the interception, and safety Michael Griffin recovered the ball. Griffin then tossed it to the equipment manager for a keepsake.
Griffin said Mariota has been doing a great job learning so much of the offense every day. That's not stopping his teammates from making sure he remembers their first interception of him in training camp.
''We're going to get the ball painted up,'' Griffin said. ''We're going to hang it somewhere so he can see it and realize he's not invincible.''
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