The AFC South division is still well within the grasp of the Tennessee Titans. With that being said, a division title, or the playoffs in general for that matter, will only be possible if quarterback Jake Locker can get healthy. The hope is that he will use the extended time off with the bye the past week to enter Week 9 with rejuvenation.
“He’ll just work his knee, keep going through the rehab, keep getting his leg stronger just like he’d normally do if we were playing,” Titans head coach Mike Munchak said entering the bye week, according to TitansOnline.com. “He’ll probably get a couple days away from here, which he can do. But he’ll be here. The good thing now is all the ‘Is Jake playing?’ ‘How’s he feeling?’ it’s all behind him now. Now we just, as a team, get ready to beat our next opponent.”
Everything Locker did throughout the week must be amplified in the upcoming week. Tennessee has a big contest against the St. Louis Rams in Week 9 that is very winnable. However, the success of the team on the road will depend on how successful Locker is.
The offense in general has been lacking this season, which means the importance of getting Locker back on track increases with each passing week. Chris Johnson is disappointing fantasy football owners everywhere, while the passing game has been inconsistent for obvious reasons.
The good news is Locker showed plenty of potential in the loss to the San Francisco 49ers last week. If anything, it is showing people that he is close to being ready to play at a high level once again.