Despite the preseason loss to the Patriots (not that it matters), a lot of good happened to the Titans last night, allowing a few key players to put up impressive performances. Only so much from the preseason can hold up when the regular season comes around so even with this in mind there’s a lot to overreact to.
That said, many of you noticed not one but two end zone flips from Marcus Mariota and RB Jeremy McNichols. Mariota’s occurred on a 2-point conversion while McNichols’ occurred on a touchdown screen from Ryan Tannehill.
Without further delay, let’s take a look at both plays and compare them to one another.
This is the kind of play you’d expect from a guy who realizes he has nothing to fear as he’s playing for a contract. Titans fans everywhere collectively had heart attacks the instant Mariota flipped into the air. For a guy that’s constantly had setbacks with injuries in every season of his NFL career thus far, it’s easy to see why.
Still, this is a pretty awesome play. As the interior pocket condenses Mariota understands he has to bail to have any chance of scoring. The thing is he probably would’ve gotten drilled anyway if he elected not to jump, but it’s fortunate he capped off two extra points in spectacular fashion without tearing a bone in his body.
Now let’s get to McNichols’ flip.
Drafted by the Buccaneers in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, McNichols was a surprise cut before the season’s start, so he never played a single game in Tampa Bay. After floating around several practice squads he was scooped up by the Titans last December and he’s been here since.
That’s what makes this touchdown flip more noteworthy; McNichols feels he has something to prove to the Titans and the effort he displays here shows he wants to be on the 53-man roster spot more than anything. Derrick Henry and Dion Lewis are both in front of him right now, but I can see Tennessee keeping a third back and having McNichols join the team.
Both end zone flips were pretty gutsy, but I might give it to McNichols simply because he’s not guaranteed a roster spot. Mariota is, so this didn’t feel like as much of an attempt to prove to the coaching staff what he’s worth as McNichols’ flip. Both were awesome, however, so let’s see what you guys have to say about this. Give us your thoughts in the comment section below!