Jake Locker Supposedly 100 Percent; Now the Pressure Starts to Mount

By Andrew Fisher
Jake Locker Tennessee Titans quarterback
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We can all see what’s ahead of Tennessee Titans‘ quarterback Jake Locker. The QB is coming into a very pivotal third season of his career. The Titans didn’t mess around in the offseason, and they also made sure that Locker knew he was their guy, by releasing veteran QB Matt Hasselbeck.

Coming off a season filled with left shoulder troubles, Locker is now reportedly 100% after surgery. He’s been fully cleared for throwing at OTAs, and he’s now eager to get to work. Clearly, he and Titans have a long road ahead to get back into playoff contention.

“We still have a lot of work to do, and that’s going to be important for the rest of these OTAs and minicamps and then into fall camp. There’s going to have to be an emphasis on continuing to study, continuing to mentally grind so that you’re able to go out and compete at a high level and fast speed. I think if we’re able to do that, then this can be a really talented offense,” said Locker.

I think Locker is right, the Titans do have the potential to be really good on offense, but it all starts with him. If he doesn’t get to that next level this season, the team won’t either. There are really no more excuses for the third-year QB. He has two good running backs behind him, a very solid array of weapons in the passing game, and a seriously upgraded o-line in front of him. Now it’s up to No. 10 to stay on the field, and to mature as a signal caller.

I’m not sold that Locker is capable of leading the Titans near the playoffs this year, but he has the best chance of his career, because of the players that were added to the offense over the last couple of months.


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