- Paul Kuharsky, ESPN Staff Writer
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee Titans rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota and one of the team's new veteran receivers, Hakeem Nicks, worked out together last week at D1 Sports Training in suburban Nashville.
Nicks said before the Titans wrapped up their offseason work that he was determined to get together with Mariota during NFL downtime in July. They worked together several times at the facility, a popular place for players during the times in the NFL calendar when they can't be out on the field at the team's facility.
In June, Mariota talked about getting all the receivers together. I've not been able to find out if that happened.
At the very least, he spent time with Nicks.
The veteran receiver played for the Giants from 2009-13 and for the Colts in 2014. He had over 1,000 receiving yards in 2010 and 2011.
He's looking for a career renaissance with Mariota in Tennessee after not panning out very well with Andrew Luck in Indianapolis.
During minicamp, Nicks said it was important for him to learn more about the rookie quarterback.
"Every quarterback doesn't like routes run the same way, whether it's the same route or combination or whatever," Nicks said. "It's time to adjust. You never make your quarterback adjust. You adjust."
How well Nicks adjusts to Mariota will go a long way in determining if Nicks is on the Titans' final 53-man roster, and if he is, where he ranks in the rotation.
He got $100,000 to sign and a $50,000 workout bonus. He'll get another $250,000 roster bonus if he sticks and a $1 million base salary.
Given the Titans' struggles at the position and the legal issues facing Justin Hunter, who's been charged with felonious assault from a July 3 incident in Virginia, Nicks has an awfully good chance to be in the mix.
And that individual work with Mariota is a good sign.