Marc Mariani saw plenty of action at wide receiver in Tennessee's second straight victory. And it could only be the beginning.
In the Titans’ 17-14 win over the Denver Broncos Sunday afternoon in Nashville, Mariani was an extensive part of the offense and caught one pass for four yards. Mariani now has three catches in his last two games, after not catching a ball in his rookie season.
But Mariani may have even more balls coming his way in the near future. On Monday, the Titans announced star receiver Kenny Britt has been lost for the season. Britt suffered tears to both his ACL and MCL Sunday against the Broncos and will undergo season-ending surgery in the coming weeks.
Tennessee head coach Mike Munchak said in his Monday press conference that the Titans will have to pick up the slack by committee. Tennessee kept just five wide receivers this season, and already, Damien Williams has missed time due to injury. And now with Britt out, Mariani and Lavelle Hawkins’ roles will certainly be increased.
Munchak said the Titans will look to bring in a receiver as early as Wednesday, but he didn’t speculate on who that might be, and he went on to elaborate that for the time being, all of Tennessee’s current receivers will have to step up.
In Sunday’s win over the Broncos, Mariani also returned four punts for 21 yards and was close to breaking two of them for long gains.