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Titans may not be sold on Jake Locker

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Three years after the Titans used the eighth overall pick in the NFL draft on quarterback Jake Locker, it’s still not clear whether he is their quarterback of the future.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that at one least one high-level Titans official has expressed major reservations about whether Locker can succeed in the NFL.

We don’t know much about the direction the Titans are heading in until we know the identity of the Titans’ next head coach, but if the front office isn’t sold on Locker, that may mean the Titans will be open to bringing in a coach who will in turn want them to select a new quarterback with the 11th overall pick in the draft. That differs from the situation in places like Washington, where Jay Gruden knows the identity of his quarterback in Robert Griffin III, and Detroit, where the new head coach will be handed a quarterback in Matthew Stafford whose contract effectively guarantees him the starting job for years to come.

Locker played fairly well in the games he played this season, completing 60.7 percent of his passes with eight touchdowns and four interceptions. But injuries, which were a major concern about Locker heading into the 2011 draft, have plagued Locker in his NFL career. tHe has missed 14 games in the last two years with shoulder, hip and foot injuries.

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  1. j0esixpack says: Jan 11, 2014 1:01 PM

    Seems to me the big question on Locker is whether he’s prone to injury.

    From a football skills – and more importantly, football decision-making and leaderships standpoint, he seems solid.

    Guys like RG3 are certainly more talented, but one gets a sense that decision-making and leadership are more important than ever in the modern game, and I think Locker offers more than RG3 or other QBs in that realm

  2. meatcarroll says: Jan 11, 2014 1:14 PM

    Locker has all the physical talent in the world, is a team-first guy with impeccable character who works very hard, and was in the midst of a breakout campaign that would have led the Titans to the playoffs. The only question is his durability, not his QB skills. This is coming from a Colts fan terrified this guy gets healthy and becomes a thorn in our ass for the next decade.

  3. meatcarroll says: Jan 11, 2014 1:14 PM

    Locker has all the physical talent in the world, is a team-first guy with impeccable character who works very hard, and was in the midst of a breakout campaign that would have led the Titans to the playoffs. The only question is his durability, not his QB skills. This is coming from a Colts fan terrified this guy gets healthy and becomes a thorn in our ass for the next decade.

  4. rajbais says: Jan 11, 2014 1:18 PM

    That’s ok. Despite his good pre-injury play he’s also too expensive for 2015.

    There’s an option for him that year and he needs a QB guru in the NFL that has a playing spot for him.

  5. bcfalcon says: Jan 11, 2014 1:21 PM

    I like Locker a lot in that he’s smart and has a above average skill set! I used to watch him at washington and he resembled alex smith to me. Hopefully he can stay healthy and prove everyone wrong and shed his injury prone label!

  6. shayeezy says: Jan 11, 2014 1:23 PM

    when he’s healthy, he’s a smart and athletic QB with a surprisingly live arm. the problem is, you’re lucky to get half a season out of him each year.

  7. jjg8505 says: Jan 11, 2014 1:23 PM

    Where is this guy getting his facts?? Clearly he’s Injury prone and no he doesn’t have nearly the leadership skills of a rgIII or any other qb tht has played more than a full season with their team. If you make it one full season as a qb on a successful team your doing something right and locker has yet to prove anything besides he’s injury prone

  8. paulnoga says: Jan 11, 2014 1:24 PM

    Who cares about talent. Locker is the most talented QB not on the field.
    What makes anyone feel he will get healthy now?
    More of the same.

  9. Ferdinand says: Jan 11, 2014 1:25 PM

    Why would they be sold on Locker? He is just not very good and injury-prone to boot.

  10. jakec4 says: Jan 11, 2014 1:27 PM

    He’s shown flashes of being able to play. His cap number for 2014 is a very friendly 4 million. The fifth year with the option is where the problem is. He should get one more year to show what he can do, and stay healthy. It doesn’t mean they shouldn’t draft a QB though as long as they don’t reach.

  11. chinahand11 says: Jan 11, 2014 1:33 PM

    I thought Locker was coming along nicely and then … his yearly injury. Too bad for anyone, Locker seems to be a very good leader who loves the competition. Just a gamer.

    Sorry MDS you don’t have much to work with today. It must be very frustrating, but I do like a lot of your work. Don’t like your other boss, though.

  12. j0esixpack says: Jan 11, 2014 1:40 PM

    Saying Locker doesn’t have the leadership skills of RG3 is a big compliment

  13. realfootballfan says: Jan 11, 2014 1:44 PM

    I love the beliefs in Locker, when you can go to the Griffin articles and get endless reasons why he’s “done” although he’s had the better career across the board, even if you do include this year, to date. Funny what the fans believe, but I digress.

    Truth is, Locker has always been a mediocre player with bad accuracy issues. Washington Huskie fans kept telling themselves the same “wait to next year” nonsense, too. If I was Tennessee, I’d stick it out with him though a couple of more years because this front office did draft him, so they might as well continue down the path to be sure he is who I think he is. They aren’t in position to get Bridgewater, and any of the other QBs would be a reach where they are picking. It’s not like he’s Christian Ponder, who simply doesn’t have the physical attributes to be an NFL starter.

  14. mrsmell says: Jan 11, 2014 1:49 PM

    I thought Locker was drafted way way too early after his horrible senior year. Never saw him as a franchise QB. If Fitzpatrick had some QB IQ, Locker would be dropped this offseason.

  15. phinfan says: Jan 11, 2014 1:57 PM

    Probably best to use him as a #2.

  16. edavidberg says: Jan 11, 2014 2:23 PM

    It is more than just injuries. Locker is not as accurate as he needs to be. I also question his ability to make reads and anticipate when his receivers will get open.

    I think Tennessee will draft a QB to groom as a potential replacement with this next season being the final test for Locker.

    I wonder if the Rams may do the same. Sam Bradford has not shown nearly enough in his time there to be treated as a franchise quarterback.

  17. gborange says: Jan 11, 2014 2:24 PM

    He would make a decent backup, but he’ll never be a top tier QB. I don’t see a franchise QB available in this draft either. They should try trading around and get a vet for couple years.

  18. rubenxx7 says: Jan 11, 2014 2:33 PM

    Locker is atbest a backup qb. Once tn admits they were wrong in projecting locker as a franchise qb the better off they will be.

  19. nicksalvato says: Jan 11, 2014 3:37 PM

    Johnny Manziel!

  20. flipola says: Jan 12, 2014 1:40 AM

    I think I’d give Locker one more year, injury or not. They won’t get a top QB at 11. Hope for a stud in a later round, or a replacement for Fitzpatrick at best.

  21. titanmanic says: Jan 12, 2014 1:58 PM

    He would be a great quarterback if healthy, I don’t understand how anyone could compare Griffin to him. How many games did rg3 win this year to locker? If both at best I would take locker any day!

  22. titansbro says: Jan 13, 2014 4:28 PM

    Locker went 3-1 & had one of the highest QB ratings in the league in his first 4 games this season before getting his first injury. Then they rushed him back before he was really ready & he got injured again. He was making huge strides in accuracy & decision making before that first injury. My point is, he won 3 games in his first 4. I think RG3 won 3 out of 15 this year.

    It is simply wrong to call him a mediocre QB. He has the tools to be a great QB. The problem is he just can’t seem to stay healthy. Some QBs just know how to avoid taking big shots by sliding when running or getting the ball out quick when the pass rush is on. He hasn’t figured that one out yet & I’m not sure he will.

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