Jake Locker has moved ahead of Matt Hasselbeck in the Titans’ quarterback competition. At least for one preseason game.
Titans coach Mike Munchak confirmed today that Locker will start Friday’s preseason game against the Buccaneers. It will be Locker’s first start for the Titans after Hasselbeck started all 16 regular-season games and all four preseason games last year, and also started the preseason opener against the Seahawks this year.
But Locker outplayed Hasselbeck in that preseason opener, and that made the quarterback competition close enough that Locker is getting his first chance to start. Munchak said he’s looking forward to seeing how Locker handles the opportunity, and that he expects Locker and the first-string defense to get about 20 plays against the Buccaneers.
Locker saw extensive action in three games last season and played fairly well, completing 34 of 66 passes for 542 yards, with four touchdowns and no interceptions. If he turns in a big game against the Bucs on Friday night, he may be ready to unseat Hasselbeck permanently.