Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota appeared noticeably heavier in the upper body to local beat reporters during a Monday news conference on the first day of the team's voluntary offseason workouts.
The 6-foot-4 Mariota, who is officially listed at 222 pounds, admitted he is "a little bit heavier" and added between 5-10 pounds, before providing a reason on why he packed on the extra weight.
"When it comes down to it, just being able to absorb the hits, being able to be healthy for a full year," Mariota told reporters, via the Titans' official website. "Those things haven't really happened yet, so I'm doing my best to be able to be on the front end of it and allow myself the opportunity to play all 16 [games]."
Since entering the league in 2015, Mariota hasn't played a full schedule, missing eight games over that span to a variety of ailments.
He missed two games in 2018, including the regular-season finale against the Indianapolis Coltswith the postseason on the line because of an elbow injury. The Titans lost the game as Blaine Gabbert started.