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Locker shows off arm, accuracy, poise

Jake Locker, Byron Stingily 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.

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27 Responses to “Locker shows off arm, accuracy, poise”
  1. johnnyb216 says: Aug 13, 2011 9:06 PM

    Vikings suck.

  2. andyreidisfat says: Aug 13, 2011 9:08 PM

    How did Mc5 look ??? How does the aging Vikings defense look ??

  3. canadianvikingfaniii says: Aug 13, 2011 9:16 PM

    Preseason or not, this Viking team is making me cringe.

  4. huskersrock1 says: Aug 13, 2011 9:18 PM

    Boy, Webb looks like a Pee Wee QB.

  5. vikingsrdue says: Aug 13, 2011 9:28 PM

    Preseason is meaningless, The Vikings could win the superbowl or go 0-16 and this game would mean nothing either way.

  6. bdawkhit20 says: Aug 13, 2011 9:29 PM

    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!

  7. c1d7 says: Aug 13, 2011 9:40 PM

    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.

  8. mossholder says: Aug 13, 2011 9:43 PM

    Titans should wear red more

  9. c1d7 says: Aug 13, 2011 9:43 PM

    **Colt Mccoy** sorry for the mix up.

  10. NFL Football Now says: Aug 13, 2011 10:15 PM

    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.

  11. tennesseeoilers says: Aug 13, 2011 10:26 PM

    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.

  12. nbcstinks says: Aug 13, 2011 10:46 PM

    This game proved one thing to me. Ponder is the future and Webb is a receiver.

  13. ninerboi says: Aug 13, 2011 10:47 PM

    How many yards does Chris Johnson have??? Hahaha cheap a** titans owner lol

  14. snoqualmieterry says: Aug 13, 2011 11:17 PM

    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.

  15. daburgher says: Aug 13, 2011 11:36 PM

    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

  16. CKL says: Aug 13, 2011 11:41 PM

    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

  17. nbcstinks says: Aug 14, 2011 12:01 AM

    Jake Locker reminds me of Rex Grossman.

  18. mrvikingsfan11 says: Aug 14, 2011 12:20 AM

    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.

  19. rugdog100 says: Aug 14, 2011 12:42 AM

    Accuracy? You must not have watched the entire game, Mike.

  20. NFLJunkie says: Aug 14, 2011 12:48 AM

    Chris Palmer owes Locker a couple of teddy bears.

  21. bullethead527 says: Aug 14, 2011 2:33 AM

    I thought he would struggle alot, Jake shocked me, looks like his accuracy has improved a lot,

  22. lnfinite says: Aug 14, 2011 3:04 AM

    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.

  23. jsrdc says: Aug 14, 2011 3:09 AM

    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.

  24. chatham10 says: Aug 14, 2011 7:55 AM

    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.

  25. sd1024 says: Aug 14, 2011 9:47 AM

    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.

  26. thephantomstranger says: Aug 14, 2011 1:02 PM

    On the touchdown, Chris Cook froze when Locker fumbled and the receiver was wide open. They should work that play into their regular offense.

  27. jakeholtorf says: Aug 14, 2011 4:42 PM

    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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