Offseason rumblings that the Las Vegas Raiders may be looking to move on from Derek Carr only increased when the team signed Marcus Mariota to a two-year deal worth over $17 million, before incentives. The former Tennessee Titans No. 2 overall pick was replaced by Ryan Tannehill, and is now looking for a fresh start. One dynamic part of Mariota's game is his ability to run, and a 2015 highlight shows why he should be competing for the job in Las Vegas.
Truly, no matter what you think of Carr, he simply does not possess this skill.
This 87-yard run against the Jacksonville Jaguars came in Mariota's rookie season and helped lead the Titans to a 42-39 victory late in the campaign. He showed off his special abilities routinely that year, and the excitement surrounding him was high.
Unfortunately, injuries have dampened his outlook -- unless he can find someone like Jon Gruden to give him a chance prior to seeking out a rookie, franchise-type QB.
He is still only 26 years old, and limited action in 2019 should have the young quarterback fully healthy in 2020. Mariota deserves a shot at the job, and he could end up doing to Carr what Tannehill did to him in Tennessee.
At the very least, Mariota's legs deserve a spot in the offense.