The Tennessee Titans selected former Washington star Jake Locker with the eighth overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft with the indication he would be the team’s quarterback of the future. After Matt Hasselbeck led the way for the Titans last season, it appears that could change for the upcoming 2012 season.
At this point, Locker is favored to be the starter in Tennessee with the start of the 2012 preseason right around the corner after splitting first-team reps with Hasselbeck at the beginning of training camp. Hasselbeck started all 16 games for the Titans in 2011, but Locker did show plenty of potential as a rookie after appearing in five games and throwing four touchdowns in the process–leaving many to believe he would eventually work his way into the starting role this season.
Now, it appears that could be happening sooner rather than later considering how impressive Locker has looked so far in training camp and Hasselbeck–who is 37–isn’t getting any younger. Locker was considered one of the top quarterbacks from the 2011 draft class and there was a reason why the Titans were willing to risk such a high draft pick to land the star quarterback.
Depending on what happens during the preseason, fantasy football nuts may be keeping an eye on Locker once September rolls around to see if he can live up to the hype–assuming he does receive the starting job for Week 1 of the regular season.
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