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Gil Brandt grades Marcus Mariota's performance against the Buccaneers

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Gil Brandt of graded 10 rookies on their performances in week 1.  Marcus Mariota was one of the guys he graded.  As you might have imagined, Brandt had a lot of good things to say:

Mariota made a mockery of fears he wouldn't be ready for the pros on Sunday. He performed like a veteran rather than a rookie starting his first NFL game at the toughest position in football. Mariota used his outstanding quickness, speed, accuracy and arm strength to finish with 209 yards, four touchdown passes and a perfect passer rating (158.3). I was chatting with Titans director of college scouting Blake Beddingfield the other day, and we talked for about five minutes about Mariota. The team is really excited about him; he picks things up so quickly, football-wise, which I think we saw Sunday. He might not be as good as Andrew Luck, but I think he'll have Luck-esque success going forward. GRADE: A

That first sentence is so beautiful because it is so true.

I could have done without the line about Luck, but hey, that is just one more thing Mariota can "make a mockery of."