Locker shows off arm, accuracy, poise

AP

Titans rookie quarterback Jake Locker isn’t expected to win the starting job to start the 2011 season, given the presence of — and the large chunk of money given to — Matthew Hasselbeck.

But Locker looks pretty good so far, keeping a cool head under pressure and, moments ago, firing a 45-yard touchdown pass to Yamon Figurs.

Locker, the eighth overall pick in the 2011 draft, dropped the snap on the play, scooped it up, and then fired the ball on target to Figurs.  The one-play drive came after the Titans recovered a Lorenzo Booker fumble.

Locker has completed six of seven passes for 74 yards.  Hasselbeck, in one drive, completed five of six passes for 55 yards.

The Titans lead, 7-0.  Vikings rookie first-rounder Christian Ponder was not the second quarterback into the game; Joe Webb came off the bench after Donovan McNabb completed six of 11 passes for 40 yards.

27 responses to “Locker shows off arm, accuracy, poise

  1. Lol Mcham will stink the dome up this year hahahaha! No resolve or guts to win with pressure in the biggest moments, poor accuracy, inability to run a two minute offense, another Mcham rant!

  2. It’s is funny how everyone is getting their kicks in saying bogus comments like, “Vikings suck” when two articles down every Packer fan is claiming it’s just preseason after their secondary got steamrolled by Jimmy Clausen. So is preseason just an organized practice or a benchmark for the season? Oh I get it now, only certain teams get a free pass and for everyone’s their season is determined in August.

  3. Jake Locker was plagued by a poor supporting cast while playing for Washington. He still led his team to it’s first bowl victory in almost a decade over a heavily favored Nebraska team. Matt Hasselbeck’s tutelage should help to accelerate his development and show the rest of the league why he was chosen eighth overall.

  4. I’ve been a Titans/Oilers fan since the team’s 1997 cameo season in Memphis, and I’m as excited by Jake Locker as I was Steve McNair when he crossed the state line. This is going to be GOOD.

  5. Jake will be a great QB. The Titans were a great fit for him. As a Husky fan I was hoping he would go to a team with a great running back and good O line. A good character guy that stayed in college and didn’t leave early as a JR for a bunch of money. Very few guys would make a mature decision like that. Most people thoiught he was dumb. I’m glad he was rewarded.

  6. Ponder was such a terrible first round pick.. cmon vikings.. any team that needs a QB should be kicking themselves for not picking up Mallet… he should’ve been 1 overall.. who cares if he smokes a little pot.. its not like its performance enhancing

  7. I am happy to hear jl did well. I will watch the game tomorrow. I love that hass is there with him too. I see those two getting along really well

  8. It’s just preseason and this is how I see it, McNabb did ok as did the starters so far, Webb on the other hand should stick to what he was drafted for a deep threat receiver and that’s what the Vikes need, Ponder looked about what I expected out of a rookie QB that in my eyes is going to be a good QB some day other than some other 2nd year QB’s is the league like Tebow, give it time and this team will come together. Plus it can’t get any worse than last year.

  9. All 4 starters from last years defensive line did not play. Locker who came in after Hasselback shined against the scrubs. Great story idea Mike.

  10. ninerboi,

    what a moronic statement. It wouldn’t have mattered how many yards he had. He would have been in for one series anyway. Believe me, the Titans will lock this guy up before the regular season, and it will look like he won’t miss a beat.

    And talking about not missing a beat, Alex Smith and the Niners will suck yet again this year. 2-7 for 10 yards for Smith? Usually preseason means little, but that will be a preview for Smith and the Niners this year. Lucky for you Gore is back. He and Vernon Davis will be among the few bright spots on the team. The record won’t be a bright spot. Get used to more of the same. It wasn’t Singletary’s fault, and at the end of the year, the team’s record will make Singletary look that much less to blame.

  11. I do not know who is or who is not going to have a decent season but come on people, this is pre season. I watch a couple of games and all teams play their starters a series or two and some teams the starters do not play at all. I agree with one person on the radio yesterday who said “if you bet on pre season games you need professional help” and if any fans get to up or down from the first pre season game should also look into professional help.

  12. For real people? Still people? Still gonna rag on Jake Locker? He goes 7/10 and throws a touchdown under pressure, and its “against the scrubs”. Newton goes in against scrubs, throws some god-awful passes, going 9/18 ….against scrubs….and people are on his junk for completing a pass to a guy (surprise!) Aaron Ross left wide open. If Newton impressed you and Locker didn’t, you’re biased. And you have no business speaking publicly. Keep the idiocy to youeself. The reality is that Locker and Mallett were the 2 best rookie QBs in week 1, period.

  13. Jake Locker seemed to lack on accuracy when he had time, but when rushed, he seemed to make some good throws… McNabb looked amazing compared to the vikings #1 defense. (i know they didn’t have all the starters but the third team should played better)

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