Tennessee safety Kevin Byard saw the block from the sideline.Watching replays sure makes the block from the Titans quarterback look even more punishing."Oh Cheap Kevin Byard Jersey , that was huge man, that was huge," Titans linebacker Brian Orakpo said Tuesday. "I told Marcus that was a big-time block. You don't normally see quarterbacks throw their bodies like that, but yeah that was big time man. Teams appreciate when your quarterback is willing to throw his body in like that. Don't do it all the time, though, because we need him."Mariota has been criticized in his four-year NFL career for being too quiet or not very expressive on the field. His teammates, who also remember his block for Henry in a playoff victory last January in Kansas City, have no such questions about their quarterback."People question that guy, I don't know why he continues to be an emphasis of concern," Taylor Lewan said."I mean he obviously puts 100 percent in the game every single game, and I've said I'd do anything for that guy. I think this whole line would. So proud that he's our quarterback, and he is so humble I asked him about the play and he's like no I was just trying to get in the way. He smacked him too Cheap Marcus Mariota Jersey , and that's a linebacker, which is pretty cool."The Titans (8-6) need their quarterback as they chase a second straight playoff berth. They've won three straight and need to win out with their next game Saturday hosting Washington (7-7).Mariota, with a record of 26-28, has had eight of his 12 game-winning drives since the start of the 2017 season.Mariota has used his arm and legs this season. He has a career-high 350 yards rushing on 63 attempts this season with two touchdowns rushing. Despite being sacked a career-high 40 times, Mariota has a 91.9 passer rating, completing 68.6 percent of his passes for 2,418 yards with 11 TDs and eight interceptions."The guy's a highlight reel," Lewan said of his quarterback.Mariota trotted out far left near the Titans' sideline on first-and-10 while Henry lined up in the wildcat. After the snap, Henry ran toward the line, then bounced out left. As Henry ran toward him, Mariota put his shoulder into Ogletree and knocked the linebacker to the ground as Henry turned up the sideline for a 22-yard run with 12:29 left in the second quarter.The quarterback says he noticed teammates were pretty fired up by his block, something he didn't think much about."I was just trying to help my guy out and give him a chance to go make a run Ryan Succop Jersey ," Mariota said.None of the Titans' coaches asked the quarterback to be a little more cautious next time. Coach Mike Vrabel called Mariota's block something they can teach from because the hit was clean with good form as the quarterback kept his head out of the way while avoiding a hit to Ogletree's head or neck."It sends a message that he's willing to do whatever it takes to help the team win," Vrabel said.
Notes: Orakpo, who snapped a 61-game playing streak when an injured elbow kept him out of the previous game, said he's feeling better but following the plan from the trainers who are looking at the "bigger picture." ... The Titans placed CB Logan Ryan on injured reserve and filled the roster spot by promoting CB Kenneth Durden from the practice squad. They added OLB Gimel President to the practice squad.Follow Teresa M. Walker at teresamwalker [UPDATE 2:38]- Dante Fowler is being traded to the Rams for a 3rd in 2019 and a 5th in 2020:[UPDATE 2:15]- Ty Montgomery is headed to the Ravens for a 7th round pick in 2020:[UPDATE 12:45]- The Lions have traded Golden Tate to the Eagles for a 3rd round pick:[UPDATE 12:44]- Titans “came in late” with an offer for Thomas.[UPDATE 12:05] Demaryius Thomas to the Texans. This one stings. Houston pulls off this deal to replace Will Fuller, who tore his ACL on Thursday against the Dolphins. [UPDATE 8:45]- Ian Rapoport says there is a better than 50/50 chance that the Broncos trade Thomas:The NFL trade deadline is today at 3 PM central time. We have heard from multiple people that this could be the most active trade deadline in a long time. I have visions of a baseball trade deadline type of day, but I know that isn’t realistic. The only thing I care about is the Titans adding a pass catcher that can actually come in and help them. There are rumored to be quite a few of those guys available- including (but not limited to) Golden Tate, DeSean Jackson, Demaryius Thomas and possibly Randall Cobb. All 4 of those guys could come in and help the Titans right away. We wrote about Tate here yesterday and DeSean here.We will use this thread to track the news, rumors and deals that we hear about today. Hit me up on Twitter (@jmorrisMCM) if you see anything that hasn’t been covered here. BRING US A PLAYMAKER JON!