The third year in an NFL quarterback’s career is a big one these days. QBs are expected to develop at a much quicker pace, and usually it’s pretty clear at the three-year mark if a team has a franchise player on their hands.
Jake Locker will be going into his third year with the Tennessee Titans in 2013, and all eyes in Nashville will no doubt be on the young QB.
Locker played a partial season in 2012, due to a fractured left shoulder, and ended up totaling 2,176 yards passing with 10 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He completed 56.4% of his passes on his way to a rating of 74.0. It was a very average season ‘statistically’ for Locker.
After surgery on his non-throwing shoulder in January, he figures to be ready for minicamps in June, so the injury will no longer be an excuse for average play in 2013. But, you do have to give him credit for playing through the pain in 2012.
So can Locker finally take the next step as an NFL quarterback?
He will have two very good weapons at his disposal with running back Chris Johnson and wide receiver Kenny Britt, and overall his receivers are solid with Nate Washington and Kendall Wright rounding out the unit. Just by time spent with these weapons in the off-season, Locker’s results will drastically increase on the field.
You have to remember, he still hasn’t played a full season. If 2013 happens to be his first, I think we will all see the difference in Locker’s game. He seems to have all the tools to be a good NFL QB, and now it’s just a matter of staying on the field and developing chemistry with his play-makers.
Jake Locker is one of the most intriguing young quarterbacks to follow in 2013.