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Jake Locker’s Left Shoulder “Feels like it’s Back to Normal”

Posted by Gary Glenn on May 13, 2013 – 10:49 pm

locker051313Jake Locker said his left shoulder “feels like its back to normal” and the third-year quarterback will “definitely” be cleared for contact at training camp in late July.

Locker’s injury last season and backup status in 2011 has translated into only 16 games played with 11 starts over his first two NFL seasons — not a large body of work for evaluation.

Despite the injuries and playing behind a depleted offensive line a year ago, Locker has thrown for 2,718 yards and 14 touchdowns vs. 11 interceptions in those 16 games. He improved his completion percentage from 51.5 in 2011 to 56.4 in 2012 and ran for 291 yards and a TD last season.

His career-high 378 yards passing in a win over Detroit showed he’s more than capable of moving the ball downfield.

Locker admits he “can improve in a lot of areas” as he looks to become more consistent and find ways to keep the offense on the field in 2013.

“There were a lot of third downs and situations where if we would have converted and kept drives alive, it could change a game,” Locker told NFL Network. “A lot of times it came down to one or two plays and just finding ways to maybe not make the flashy play but do what you can to move the sticks; just kind of learning the value in that.”

Locker said he doesn’t worry about critics.

“I go out and I’m always trying to get the best out of myself no matter what the situation,” he said. “It won’t be any different for me, I won’t approach it any different. I’m just excited about this season.”

Locker said he’s excited about the team’s recent additions and what they’ve already added on the field and in the locker room. He spoke highly of departed QB Matt Hasselbeck and said he’s looking forward to working with Ryan Fitzpatrick and having the veteran QB push him.

He also believes the Titans will look to establish the run in 2013.

“You look at this team four or five years ago when they were having a lot of success, they were really establishing a ground game and using the play-action pass to keep teams on their heels and win football games that way,” Locker said. “We’re going to try to do that same thing this year.”

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12 Responses to “Jake Locker’s Left Shoulder “Feels like it’s Back to Normal””

  1. By Blair Saldana on May 14, 2013 | Reply

    He’s a high character/team player guy with a great work ethic. Now we’re going to see if he can play ball. He’s got the weapons so no excuses. I say don’t throw anything over 20 yrds from the pocket and run baby run. Think Steve McNair minus Mac’s accuracy.

  2. By jcbrave on May 14, 2013 | Reply

    Can not wait for the season to start, GO TITANS!

  3. By fredrick boothman on May 14, 2013 | Reply

    its all uphill for locker now each year he will get better and better by 2015 should be one of the best QB in the nfl same way flacco got better finaly wins a superbowl go titans

  4. By titanup4me on May 15, 2013 | Reply

    Jake’s biggest asset is his ability to throw downfield

  5. By UStudio on May 16, 2013 | Reply

    man i wish the titans would give tebow a try, as a backup plan, if jake doesn’t work or if he gets hurt were screwed even with additions to oline and running backs etc, jake is our best guy and im a fan but hes not proven if all he has in himself is a 6 and 10 season then none of tthe backups can do any better , tebow proved he could make it to play offs, and hes still young so he can improve, rusty has even proved that he can win a game, our second string guy has had a full career to prove himself but he getting older so it goes down from there, plus tim has the bang for the buck as he can play other position if he wants to, and be used in other ways

  6. By Blair Saldana on May 17, 2013 | Reply

    I’m no Tebow hater; he should get his chance…In Jacksonville.

  7. By stoked_byznblu on May 17, 2013 | Reply

    You have got to be kidding me. TEBOW? You seriously would like Rustin to go out and get TEBOW? I know everyone is saying that Rustin DGAF this year but CMON…..TEBOW? The object of the off season is to get better not Horrible! If Tebow is such a talent why is he unemployed? Why would a Hall-of-famer be ready to jump out of his skin waiting to cut him? Regardless of Rustin Websters amazingly spectacular off season, if he brought Tim in, it would overshadow everything else he’s done and we would be the laughing stock of the NFL……Tebow, give me a break!!!

  8. By Chris Haney on May 18, 2013 | Reply

    If I were Jake, I would watch as much game film on opposing defenses as you can. How do you think Drew Brees or Peyton Manning got to be as good as they are? Gameday preparation is very important for any player really. Different teams play different styles of defense. It’s crucial for the quarterback to read the defense and make any necessary adjustments and find holes in the defense. Watching game film every week will help Jake out a lot.

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  10. By Howard Knapp on Nov 11, 2013 | Reply

    Don’t see how it could hurt to give Tebow a look. Couldn’t do worse than lose to the Jags! He has won more games than he’s lost.

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