Training Camp Review — Mariota Proves to be NFL Ready

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During mini-camps earlier this summer, both Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston impressed their new teams and were praised for their accuracy and leadership qualities. In the relatively low-intensity practices, the quarterbacks looked good and impressed their fan bases, coaching staffs and their teammates. Thus far in the preseason training camp, Mariota is without an interception in his first five practices, …

Jon Gruden Talks Marcus Mariota’s Draft Stock

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Earlier this morning Jon Gruden hosted a conference call where the former NFL coach and current ESPN analyst fielded questions regarding the NFL Draft. Gruden has been evaluating pro talent for more than 25 years, so his opinion is considered highly . Gruden began by talking about the tough position that Tampa Bay is in with the No. 1 pick, saying, “It’s a tough …

Bucs’ Choice, Baby-Talk Athletes and Fans’ Rights

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Mike Merrell’sThree-and-Out While the national pundits make a bit of an about face on the Mariota vs. Winston draft pick issue, it’s not a bad time to take a look at some of the little things that maybe shouldn’t be so little in the convoluted relationship among athletics, universities and fans. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ top draft choice, baby-talk athletes …

Hroniss Grasu to the Seahawks?

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While most media outlets focus on former Duck QB, Marcus Mariota, and the latest swirl about him and the 2015 NFL Draft, players such as C Hroniss Grasu are vigorously training in hopes of being drafted by a team. No one knows of his whereabouts with regards to training, but my guess is that he’s still at the UO, working with the …

Top Two Reasons Why the Bucs Need Mariota

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For the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, their ultimate dilemma heading into the off-season was determining who their quarterback will be going into the future. The two best solutions to this problem: QBs Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston. But which one will they take? Ultimately, the Buccaneers are more in need of Mariota’s services than Winston’s due to two main differences on and off the …

Marcus Mariota Storms the Windy City

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  As the 2015 NFL Draft starts approaching closer, a handful of NFL teams are beginning to narrow their interest on who they are going to draft. A lot of speculation has surrounded the quarterback position with top prospects QB Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston. Most sports analysts feel that Winston will be selected as the first overall pick by the …

Mike Mayock has Mariota Ahead of Winston

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The majority of NFL and draft experts, with NFL insiders and everyone else who matters for ESPN and NFL Network agree that Jameis Winston is the best QB in the draft. Despite this, there are a few oddballs who say that Marcus Mariota is indeed, the top QB. One of those oddballs is NFL Network draft analyst, Mike Mayock. In an article for NFL.com, …

Former Bucs GM Says He Would Take Mariota No. 1 Overall

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Mark Dominik, former Tampa Bay GM and now analyst for ESPN, weighed in on which QB (Marcus Mariota or Jameis Winston) he believes the Bucs should take first overall. The article, a mock situation in which Dominik is the GM of Tampa Bay again, is just one more example of the never-ending debate about which QB will be better in the …

Mariota: “If You Find a Team That Wants You, That’s Going to be the Right Team”

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It’s no secret that passionate Oregon Duck fans aren’t scared to share their opinion about Marcus Mariota. “The Flying Hawaiian,” who embodies everything that you look for in a leader, and the community of Eugene accepted him as one of their own. It’s also no secret that many have speculated where the Heisman trophy-winning quarterback will land in the upcoming NFL …

Jameis Winston Deserves Top Draft Pick

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Mike Merrell’s Three-and-Out For many Duck football fans the dream season would have been a Heisman (check), a national championship (close — but no cigar) and a number one draft pick for Marcus Mariota. While the draft pick thing is still up in the air, the national noise seems to be shifting in favor of Jameis Winston — and well …

Worthy of No. 1: Marcus Mariota to Tampa Bay

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In this final installment, FishDuck.com Feature Writer Caleb Couturie will be analyzing the last of the 25 teams in the NFL Draft that may look to select Marcus Mariota. **DISCLAIMER: This is part of a project FOR FUN. All trades suggested are merely hypotheticals, and do not reflect my actual opinion of what will happen on draft day. Enjoy.** Previous Article: Click here No. 1: …

Revisiting Mariota vs Winston

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Before Oregon faced Florida State in the Rose Bowl, there was a lot of talk about Marcus Mariota vs Jameis Winston. This echoed the debate early in the year in reference to the Heisman Trophy. Now yet again, these two players are part of the same conversation – this time in leading up to the NFL Combine and eventually the draft. Much like …