When the Tennessee Titans drafted Jake Locker with the eighth overall pick of the NFL Draft in 2011, there were big things expected from him right away. Locker has come up far short of those expectations and now faces a third season that could turn into a make or break campaign for him. If he doesn’t turn his fortunes around and can’t lead the Titans to at least six or seven wins, he could be looking for a new job after the season ends.
Locker completed 56% of his passes last season for 2,176 yards in 11 games which is less than 200 yards a game. I know that Tennessee has Chris Johnson in the backfield, but you have to get more out of your franchise quarterback. The 2013 season will give Locker more protection with Chance Warmack at guard and another wide receiver in Justin Hunter. If he can’t get it done now with more weapons to aid him, he never will.
The schedule isn’t the easiest thing out there either with the team’s first two games being on the road and the fact that the Titans have to face the NFC West this season. Locker must become the player he was expected to be, and he must do it now. There are enough winnable games out there for Tennessee to get six wins. The Titans were 6-10 last season, but I think they will accept another 6-10 season if Locker can play in all 16 games and plays like a decent quarterback. There will be a lot of pressure on him this season, and I’m curious to see if he can rise to the challenge.