Marcus Mariota was the talk of the town and the Tennessee Titans in 2015, and why not. The then reigning Heisman Trophy winner was the team's first round selection, number two overall and was set to become the franchise quarterback of the future this organization had been searching for since Steve McNair left town in a salary cap purge many years ago.
The rookie quarterback set the bar high for himself almost immediately as he started his first training camp by throwing 230 consecutive passes without an interception by his teammates in that camp.
That stat was not lost on his teammates as the players entered training camp for their first practice of the 2016 season on Saturday. To his credit, and no one would expect him to want to reminisce about the streak, and as expected Mariota declined comment on Friday.
When it came time to put it on the field Saturday afternoon, his friends on the defensive side of the football remembered his run at their expense.
Midway through the Saturday afternoon practice Mariota made his first mistake, throwing an ill-advised pass into a tight coverage across the middle of the field late in the progression.
Enter B.W. Webb, the fourth year corner from William & Mary who was positioned perfectly to end any potential streak on day one.
It was not to be as Webb saw the ball hit him in a bad spot, right in both hands before it gently fell to the field. A new streak intact for another day.
Webb, who is known in the locker room for his outgoing personality, big smile and friendly demeanor was quick to answer up about the drop amid jeers from he fellow defensive backs in the locker room following the practice.
"Yea man, I guess I'm a little rusty out there," said Webb with his trademark big smile. "I know I've got to come down with interceptions on plays like that."
Asked if there was any type competition in the defensive back room for getting that first pick of Mariota in camp, Webb shared their thoughts.
"We try to get picks every day because we want to be a ball-hawking group and we try to get our hands on the ball as much as possible," admitted Webb. "I guess there might be a little competition now for who gets the first one, but it wasn't something we had really talked about or put much thought into it until I dropped that one today."
Webb admitted his teammates on defense, and in particular those in the secondary let him hear about his drop.
"Of course I did," said Webb when asked about their comments. "Of course I did, as soon as I dropped it, man everybody was talking their little trash, but man, I'm going to get another one, I'm going to get another one for them so."
Webb said no one player stood out as the most vocal, or best comment about his drop.
"Oh man, everybody had something to say but I can't remember one person, it just seemed like the whole team had something to say," concluded Webb. "Everybody had something to say and to talk a little trash so everyone had to get on me."
Webb and his teammates will get another shot at Mariota when the team takes to the practice field for their second practice of training camp Sunday afternoon at 2:40 at St. Thomas Sports Park. That practice is open to the public.