Falcons declare Marcus Mariota their starter

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For the first time since 2007, the Falcons’ QB1 is not named Matt Ryan. The team signed Marcus Mariota and drafted Desmond Ridder after trading Ryan, with Mariota the present and Ridder (hopefully) the future in the position.

But the Falcons will not have a quarterback league this summer, as quarterbacks coach Charles London declared on Wednesday that the job belongs to Mariota.

“Of course we have a plan for each of them. Marcus is the starter,” said London via Josh Kendall of TheAthletic.com. “That’s how we go in this case.”

Arthur Smith said something similar after the Falcons drafted Knight with the 74th overall pick. Mariota has played seven NFL seasons, five of which with Smith in Tennessee.

Mariota takes all the photos of the first team.

“I expect those guys to compete against each other,” said London. “At the moment Marcus is the starter and he is doing great.”

Mariota hasn’t played much in the past three seasons, with his last start on October 13, 2019 with the Titans. He played just 89 snaps together in the past two seasons while supporting Derek Carr with the Raiders.

“It’s a great opportunity for me to prove myself,” said Mariota, who was benched by Smith in Tennessee in 2019. “I feel very comfortable. All this time being around art in Tennessee, I think that’s where it comes from. For the most part, I feel really comfortable and confident.”

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