”To be truthful, it’s been a long journey,” Mariota said after that game. “I’ve been through kind of everything, from injuries to surgeries to mental lapses — the confidence thing. I just truly appreciate the Raiders and the entire organization for kind of helping me through that. I was trying to kind of find my way again, and they gave me an opportunity to kind of take some time. They were patient with me. I just appreciate the fact that they were willing to do that. Again, it’s kind of part of being an athlete, you’re going to go through some ups and downs. I think the staff did a great job of kind of keeping me level-headed and kind of fighting through it.”

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