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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