In the statistics hierarchy, practice statistics rank even behind those of the Pro Bowl and the preseason, but when a starting quarterback trying to find his way in the NFL throws three interceptions in a practice . . . well, that’s a stat that catches our attention.
Indeed, Titans quarterback Jake Locker had something of a tough practice on Sunday, per Jim Wyatt of the Nashville Tennessean. In addition to the three picks, Locker was “off target on several other throws,” Wyatt observed.
After practice, Titans coach Mike Munchak, per a transcript from the club, noted that on two of the interceptions, Locker would have been sacked before ever throwing the ball in a live-game situation. Munchak also said that “there are a lot of things that go into a ball being picked off.”
Said Munchak: “It was good to see the defense make plays and the offense — this was just one of those practices where they never really got it going consistently.”
A bad practice isn’t necessarily a bad thing as long as lessons are learned and applied. And practice stats? Well, they’re still well down the list of important numbers. That said, a strong practice from the Tennessee offense and its third-year quarterback on Monday would be reassuring, if nothing else.