Several Titans reached milestones or moved up on all-time franchise lists in the first 15 games of 2015, including rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota, who has been ruled out of the season finale at Indianapolis due to a knee injury.
Mariota’s season totals include 370 passing attempts, 230 completions, 2,818 yards, 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions for a passer rating of 91.5. He also rushed 34 times for 252 yards and a pair of scores. Here’s a look back at some of the accomplishments by Mariota and his teammates in 2015:
QB MARCUS MARIOTA
? Set the franchise rookie passing records for attempts (370), yards (2,818), completions (230) and touchdowns (19).
? Finished the season with a 91.5 passer rating, which ranks third in franchise history behind only Steve McNair’s 2003 MVP season (100.4) and Pro Football Hall of Famer Warren Moon’s 1990 campaign (96.8)
? Registered a 116.1 passer rating in the red zone, which is the highest by any Titans quarterback since at least 1991.
? Set a franchise rookie record by completing 62.2 percent of his passes. That is the fifth-highest percentage by a rookie quarterback in NFL history and the eighth-highest completion percentage in a season by any quarterback in Titans/Oilers history.
? In six road games, completed 108 of 171 passes for 1,374 yards with 10 touchdowns and one interception. His 105.3 road passer rating ranks fourth in the NFL in 2015 and set a new franchise record, topping Chris Chandler’s 102.2 passer rating on the road in 1995.
? Finished second in franchise history in rushing yards by a rookie quarterback, trailing only Vince Young’s 2006 total of 552 rushing yards.
? Became the first rookie quarterback in Titans/Oilers history to start the first game of his rookie season (Sept. 13 at Tampa Bay). In the game, he achieved a perfect passer rating, leading to AFC Offensive Player of the Week and NFL Rookie of the Week honors. He joined Fran Tarkenton as the only rookies in NFL history to throw four touchdown passes in a season opener. ? Joined Peyton Manning (1998) as the only rookie quarterbacks in NFL history to complete three touchdown passes in four different games.
? Tied Mark Rypien’s NFL record with eight touchdown passes in his first three NFL games. He was named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month for September.
? Twice set the franchise single-game rookie passing yardage record, first with 367 yards against Indianapolis (Sept. 27) and then with 371 yards at New Orleans (Nov. 8).
? At New Orleans (Nov. 8), threw the first game-winning touchdown pass in overtime in franchise history. He was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week for the performance. ? Became the first rookie in NFL history to record two games with four touchdown passes and no interceptions (Sept. 13 at Tampa Bay and Nov. 8 at New Orleans).
? Completed more touchdown passes (13) through his team’s first eight games than any other rookie in NFL history.
? Became the first player in NFL history with 250 passing yards, three touchdown passes and 100 rushing yards in a game, when he accomplished the feat against Jacksonville on Dec. 6.
? Rushed for an 87-yard touchdown against Jacksonville on Dec. 6, registering the longest run in franchise history by a quarterback and the fifthlongest run overall for the team. It also was the third-longest run by any NFL quarterback since 1960.
? Became the first player since Walter Payton in 1983 to record touchdowns of 40 or more yards passing, rushing and receiving in the same season.
DT JURRELL CASEY
? With seven sacks through 15 games, he has the second-highest sack total of his career, which also ties for the eighth-best total by a Titans/Oilers defensive tackle since 1982.
? Matched his career high of 27 quarterback pressures, set in 2014.
TE ANTHONY FASANO
? Eclipsed the 3,000-yard receiving mark for his NFL career.
WR DORIAL GREEN-BECKHAM
? Joined Amari Cooper and Stefon Diggs as the only NFL rookies in 2015 with multiple 100-yard receiving games. Green-Beckham recorded 119 receiving yards against Jacksonville (Dec. 6) and 113 yards at New England (Dec. 20).
? Joined Kenny Britt (2009) and Kendall Wright (2012) as the only rookies in the “Titans era” (1999–present) with at least 500 receiving yards.
S MICHAEL GRIFFIN
? With 25 career interceptions, tied Ken Houston for eighth place on the franchise’s all-time interception list. Griffin’s total is tied for fourth among franchise safeties.
? With 908 career tackles, moved into fourth place on the team’s all-time tackles list.
? Moved into a tie witih Cris Dishman for 18th place on the franchise career games played list with 140 games. The only defensive back in franchise annals with more games than Griffin is cornerback Zeke Moore (145).
P BRETT KERN
? Maintained his status as the team’s all-time leader in career gross punting average (45.3) and net punting average (40.0).
? Passed Jim Norton (522 career punts) for second place on the team’s all-time punting list, trailing only Craig Hentrich (861).
? Played in his 100th career game with the Titans (all consecutive), becoming the 13th player to reach 100 games with the team since it became the Titans in 1999.
DL KARL KLUG
? Continued his streak of never missing a game in his NFL career, dating back to his rookie season of 2011 (79 consecutive games with one game remaining in 2015).
RB DEXTER McCLUSTER
? Was the only NFL player in 2015 (through Week 16) with at least 200 yards receiving, 200 yards rushing, 200 yards on kickoff returns and 200 yards on punt returns.
OLB DERRICK MORGAN
? Recorded 4.5 sacks in the first four games of the season. Since 1982, Morgan’s total tied for the fourth-highest number by a Titans/Oilers player in the first four games of a season.
OLB BRIAN ORAKPO
? Had at least one sack in four consecutive games (Nov. 1 at Houston through Nov. 19 at Jacksonville), becoming the Titans’ only player other than Jevon Kearse since the beginning of the 1999 season to record a four-game sack streak.
? Has a chance to record 16 starts for the third time in his career and for the first time since 2011.
K RYAN SUCCOP
? In a streak dating back to 2014, made 15 consecutive field goals, which amounted to the seventh-longest such streak in franchise history.
TE CRAIG STEVENS
? Became the 12th player to play in 100 games for the team since it became the Titans in 1999 (Brett Kern later reached the mark).
TE DELANIE WALKER
? Set new franchise tight end records for receptions and receiving yards in a season (85 receptions for 994 yards through 15 games).
? Became the ninth player in franchise history and the second tight end in franchise history (Frank Wycheck) with three consecutive seasons of at least 50 receptions.
? Moved into third place on the team’s all-time receiving chart among tight ends with 208 receptions in a Titans uniform. He trails only Frank Wycheck and Bo Scaife.
? Reached 300 receptions and 3,000 receiving yards for his NFL career.
ILB AVERY WILLIAMSON
? Became the first player for the team in the “Titans era” (1999–present) to begin his career with consecutive 100-tackle seasons.
? With 16 tackles against Carolina on Nov. 15, he recorded the ninth game by a Titans player since 1999 with at least 16 tackles in a game.
WR KENDALL WRIGHT
? Became the 16th player in franchise history to reach 2,500 career receiving yards.
? Played in his 50th career game. His 235 receptions in his first 50 games with the team were more than any other player in franchise history, topping previous record holder Charlie Hennigan’s 228 catches in his first 50 games with the Oilers from 1960–1963.
? Passed the 250 career reception mark and tied Bo Scaife (251) for 13th place on the team’s career receptions list.