Titans' Marcus Mariota a 'week or two' away from running

Marcus Mariota was sidelined by a hamstring injury in a Week 4 loss to the Texans.

Marcus Mariota is on the verge of getting his stride back.

The Titans' third-year quarterback discussed his offseason rehabilitation and the progress he's made since breaking his leg at the end of last season, saying he's close to being able to run again.

"I feel great," Mariota told WGFX-FM in Nashville on Thursday. "Overall, we're in a good spot. I'm probably another week or two from really full-head running, but I'm starting to do some jogging and more things on my end, which is a positive movement. Again, they think I'm ahead of schedule. For me, I'm going to continue to take it one day at a time and do my best to get ready."

Mariota was expected to miss four to five months after undergoing surgery Dec. 28 to repair the broken right fibula he suffered in the team's Week 16 loss to the Jaguars.

In the meantime, Mariota's newest pass catchers can prepare for his return. The Titans loaded up on options for the signal caller by selecting wide receiver Corey Davis with the No. 5 overall pick, wide receiver Taywan Taylor with the No. 72 pick and tight end Jonnu Smith with the No. 100 pick at last month's draft.

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"Yeah I was very excited," Mariota said. "It's gonna be fun to be able to play with those guys. They gotta come in and work right away. But I think we have a good core group of veteran guys to help these guys out, and hopefully they'll make an impact for us."

Mariota, 23, threw for 3,426 yards and 26 touchdowns with nine interceptions, completing 61.2 percent of his passes and rushing for two more scores, in his second NFL season before getting hurt.

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