The Houston Texans have no plans to make any significant changes to their offensive line depth heading into the season opener against the New York Jets.
The team announced Thursday it has signed veteran guard Marcus MariOTA to a one-year contract.
The former University of Arizona standout will join the Texans as a backup tackle.
The signing of MariOTA was first reported by ESPN’s Ed Werder.
The Texans drafted Mariota with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft, and he played well enough to earn a spot on the Texans’ depth chart during his rookie season.
The Texans finished with an NFL-best 6.3 sacks per game last season, and they have allowed just 15.9 points per game.
But Mariota has struggled mightily this year, allowing an NFL average of just 3.8 sacks per contest.
Mariota’s lack of pass rush production is part of the reason the Texans have allowed an NFL passer rating of 107.1 on throws inside the pocket.
The 27-year-old had four sacks and four quarterback hurries during his first two NFL seasons, but he struggled mightly against the Jets last year and has never played in a game with a passer rating under 100.6.