Jake Locker said he’s enjoyed the increase in reps from a year ago when he was in an offseason competition with Matt Hasselbeck to be Tennessee’s starting quarterback.
Locker was named the starter during the preseason last year and started 11 games. He suffered a shoulder injury in Week 1 of the regular season, however, and suffered a worsening of the injury in Week 4 that caused him to miss the next five starts.
Locker has shed the shoulder harness he wore to finish the season and by all accounts has recovered nicely from surgery he had in January.
“Having the opportunity to know that you’re the guy going into the year and get those extra reps and be able to see that many more plays from the pocket is a huge difference,” Locker said.
The Titans released Hasselbeck, who promptly joined Indianapolis, and brought in nine-year NFL veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick to backup Locker this offseason.
Titans coach Mike Munchak and receiver Kendall Wright said it’s a different offseason for Locker.
“He’s competing with Ryan but it’s his spot and right now it’s his offense, his team,” Wright said. “So we just follow his leadership. So whatever Jake does as far as being a leader and a quarterback we just follow him and try to help him out.”
Locker said he hasn’t felt increased external pressure because of the internal pressure he puts on himself.
“I don’t think anybody will put more pressure on themselves to have success than I will, so I don’t feel that from anybody besides myself,” Locker said. “I’m just excited about having the opportunity to have those real live reps that help you learn and grow.”
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