College: Oregon | 7 years
Height: 6'4" | Weight: 222 lbs
Birth Date: 10/30/1993
2022 Bye Week: 14
Total Pts: 12
Avg Pts: 0.71
Rank: 22 QB
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Marcus Mariota was signed in free agency to be the team's new starter, replacing their long-time leader Matt Ryan. Mariota steps in after backing up Derek Carr for the Raiders the past two seasons, and he's hoping to regain his role as a starter in the NFL. Although his passing statistics were mediocre, he averaged 300-plus yards and three rushing touchdowns over his three seasons as a starter. While there has been concern about newly drafted quarterback Desmond Ridder, who the Falcons selected 74th overall, competing for the starting job, a recent report says Mariota is "far ahead" of Ridder and "injury would be the only way Ridder finds himself under center." This confirms the veteran's stranglehold on the role, which would make him an intriguing option as a streamer or second quarterback in two-quarterback/superflex leagues, given his rushing upside.
Atlanta Falcons QB Marcus Mariota appears to have a big advantage over QB Desmond Ridder for the starting quarterback job entering training camp, according to ESPN.com's Michael Rothstein.
Fantasy Spin: Mariota probably will be the starter Week 1, but it is not known if Ridder will start at some point in 2022. Mariota has some fantasy value because of his running ability but would be a No. 2 quarterback in all fantasy leagues.
Dynasty | Falcons quarterback Marcus Mariota has looked like the player who will be starting to begin the season Dynasty Analysis: Recent reports have been that rookie Desmond Ridder has been impressive but not enough to be under-center come week one. It's Mariota's job to lose but the veteran remains on a relatively team-friendly two-year contract, meaning there's little reason to expect the Falcons not to turn to Ridder if, or when, the team falls out of playoff contention. Found as DLF's QB36, it's obvious expectations for Marcus Mariota remain extremely low with little belief he's the answer beyond 2022.
Dynasty | Falcons rookie quarterback Desmond Ridder continues to impress this off-season Dynasty Analysis: While Ridder is checking all the boxes thus far, Marcus Mariota is still fully expected to be the starter come week one. Whether he can retain the job is another thing altogether as the veteran has a very team friendly contract which won't present much of a financial hurdle when the time comes to insert Ridder. Ridder is found as DLF's QB34, ahead of Mariota's QB36 ranking, showing that the full expectation that it's "when" and not "if" the rookie is starting at some point during the 2022 season.
Atlanta Falcons QB Marcus Mariota is 'far ahead' of rookie Desmond Ridder entering training camp, in the opinion of ESPN's Michael Rothstein. 'Mariota appears to be far ahead of Ridder right now, and Atlanta brought Mariota in for a reason -- to be the starter at least in the short term because he has familiarity with what coach Arthur Smith wants in the offense. Plus, Mariota has looked sharp through OTAs,' said Rothstein.
Fantasy Spin: Seeing as Ridder was drafted in the third round, it's no surprise that Mariota is trending toward starting Week 1. Mariota's ceiling will be capped due to the lack of weapons in the Falcons offense, but he could turn out to be an interesting streamer or QB2 in superflex formats.
Dynasty | It's only a matter of time before Falcons rookie quarterback Desmond Ridder is starting Dynasty Analysis: It's not a bold call by the SI author as Ridder was a third-round selection and only has uninspiring Marcus Mariota above him on the depth chart. There's every chance Mariota surprises everyone and becomes a productive starter but word out of camp is that Ridder has been impressive. The bigger issue is the team's lack of experienced receivers outside of last year's first-round selection, tight end Kyle Pitts. If Mariota is going to take a leap, he'll have to do so with, arguably, the worst receiver depth chart in the league, though this year's selection of Drake London does provide upside. As for Ridder, the watch will be on once the team is out of playoff contention and it's not out of the question he wins the starting job outright during training camp.
The Atlanta Falcons plan to run the quarterback more with new signal-caller Marcus Mariota in town. "I think we'd be crazy if we didn't try to roll these guys out of the pocket a little bit," quarterbacks coach Charles London said. "We've got three really athletic guys in our room. As coaches, we have to figure out the best way to get these guys in position to be successful." Mariota rushed for 357 yards in his last season as a full-time starter, while rookie third-rounder Desmond Ridder rushed for 2,180 yards in his college career. Mariota won't have a ton of talent to work with through the air, so we expect to see him scampering around quite a bit, which gives him a little more intrigue as a backup fantasy QB.
Atlanta Falcons QB Marcus Mariota's mobility will be utilized in the offense, according to quarterbacks coach Charles London. 'I think we'd be crazy if we didn't try to roll these guys out of the pocket a little bit,' London said.
Fantasy Spin: Mariota has never run for more than 357 yards in a season, but he may be forced to make more plays with his legs for an Atlanta offense that is lacking in overall firepower. If he does start running on a routine basis, he could emerge as a serviceable QB2.
Atlanta Falcons QB Marcus Mariota says he's 'hungry to get back on the field again' after being a backup the past two seasons. 'For me personally, the last couple of years was a learning opportunity,' Mariota said on Thursday, May 26. 'Previously when I was at Tennessee I had an opportunity to play. I was a starter. Being around that and then going and learning for a couple of years, I'm kind of hungry to get back on the field again.'
Fantasy Spin: Mariota is the favorite to start in Atlanta over rookie signal-caller and 2022 third-round pick, Desmond Ridder. However, a checkered past with injuries remains a major concern for him. Assuming he enters the season as the starter, Mariota is a QB2 with upside thanks to his dual-threat ability.
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Marcus Mariota had his last start on October 13, 2019. He was with the Titans then. But after spending a few seasons with the Raiders, the 28-year-old will get another chance to prove his worth as the expected starter for the Falcons, filling in for longtime signal-caller Matt Ryan, who is now a Colt. Despite Mariota's excitement, he made it known he's also willing to mentor rookie Desmond Ridder, who was selected in the third round of the 2022 NFL Draft. Nonetheless, with Atlanta in the midst of a rebuild, it's no secret the team is lacking on the offensive end. As a result, Mariota may not find himself as the primary option under center if he begins to struggle, making it possible for Ridder to get some reps during the 2022-23 campaign.
The Falcons have been impressed early on with new quarterback Desmond Ridder. Dynasty Analysis: It's certainly early on in the process, but Ridder is proving to be a quick study in the classroom and showed well at rookie minicamp. While this is the time where all reports on players are glowing, it's worth noting Ridder is in position to get snaps early on if Marcus Mariota struggles or gets injured. He's an intriguing rookie pick this year and could prove to have early value.
Atlanta Falcons QB Marcus Mariota is at the top of the quarterback depth chart ahead of the 2022 season, head coach Arthur Smith said recently. 'We've added competition certainly,' Smith said. 'Marcus being the veteran gives us a chance going forward. As with any position on this team, the best player is going to play, but obviously Marcus being the vet, that's the way it'll go starting out.'
Fantasy Spin: Mariota will battle it out for the starting job with 2022 third-round pick Desmond Ridder, but it's obvious the veteran has the advantage there. If he wins the starting job, Mariota will enter the season as a QB2 with QB1 upside thanks to his ability to make plays with his legs, but it's worth noting he has a shaky roster around him and a checkered past with injuries.
Updating previous reports, Atlanta Falcons QB Marcus Mariota's deal is essentially a one-year deal worth $6.75 million with a $12 million option for 2023. He has a $5 million signing bonus with a $1.75 million guaranteed base salary. He has a $3 million roster bonus due the fifth day of the league year.
Updating a previous report, free-agent QB Marcus Mariota (Raiders) agreed to terms on a two-year contract with the Atlanta Falcons on Monday, March 21. Financial terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.
Fantasy Spin: Atlanta head coach Arthur Smith and Mariota briefly worked together with the Tennessee Titans in 2019 when the former was the offensive coordinator. Feleipe Franks is the only other quarterback on the Falcons' roster at the moment, so they needed to add someone just for roster depth. Mariota figures to serve as the bridge between Matt Ryan, who was traded to the Indianapolis Colts earlier Monday, and whomever the Falcons draft in April. Mariota figures to be a hard sell in fantasy outside of superflex/two-quarterback leagues.
The Atlanta Falcons agreed to an undisclosed two-year deal with free-agent quarterback Marcus Mariota on Monday. Atlanta moved quickly to secure their next QB after trading Matt Ryan to the Indianapolis Colts on Monday. Mariota, who spent the last two seasons backup up Derek Carr for the Las Vegas Raiders, will reunite with head coach Arthur Smith in Atlanta. The 28-year-old figures to be a short-term stopgap under center until the Falcons find their next franchise quarterback. Mariota has completed 62.8% of his 1,795 career attempts over seven NFL seasons, and he doesn't have many weapons to work with outside of tight end Kyle Pitts and running back/wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson. He can make plays with his legs, but Mariota shouldn't be much more than a low-end QB2 as a starter once again.
The Atlanta Falcons are expected to pursue free-agent quarterback Marcus Mariota after trading Matt Ryan to the Indianapolis Colts on Monday, according to sources. Head coach Arthur Smith coached Mariota when the two were with the Tennessee Titans. Mariota spent the last two seasons with the Las Vegas Raiders, backing up Derek Carr. The 28-year-old hasn't started an NFL game since his final season in Tennessee, when he threw for 1,203 yards, seven touchdowns and two interceptions in seven games (six starts) in 2019. With not many receiving options currently, the Falcons are in full rebuild mode, and Mariota would essentially be a placeholder until the team can land their next franchise signal-caller.
Free-agent QB Marcus Mariota (Raiders) is reportedly high on the Atlanta Falcons' priority list following the team's trade of Matt Ryan on Monday, March 21.
Fantasy Spin: Mariota played for Atlanta head coach Arthur Smith when the latter was the offensive coordinator for the former with the Tennessee Titans in 2019. Given the Falcons' current quarterback depth chart (Feleipe Franks), Mariota would have a very good chance to start next season while Atlanta grooms the quarterback it is now expected to draft at No. 8 overall next month.
Las Vegas Raiders impending free-agent QB Marcus Mariota could be of interest to the San Francisco 49ers as a bridge quarterback who could support Trey Lance in a backup role or start games should Lance need a little more developmental time, according to ESPN.com's Jeremy Fowler.
Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Marcus Mariota could be a possible option for the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to Mark Kaboly. Mariota is a impending free agent and could draw some interest this offseason. Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin mentioned they'd like to bring in a mobile quarterback to replace Ben Roethlisberger. In theory, Mariota would make sense as a bridge quarterback for one season, so the Steelers can bring in a rookie. Mariota is a former No. 2 overall pick, but has struggled to find consistency at the professional level. Possibly, Mariota is ready for another chance as a starting quarterback.