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Jake Locker Welcomes More Reps

Posted by Craig Peters on May 31, 2013 – 8:21 pm

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.

Jake Locker (10) and backup QBs Ryan Fitzpatrick and Nathan Enderle prepare for a drill during an organized team activity practice.

Jake Locker (10) and backup QBs Ryan Fitzpatrick (left) and Nathan Enderle prepare for a drill during an organized team activity practice this week.

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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7 Responses to “Jake Locker Welcomes More Reps”

  1. By David Garcia on May 31, 2013 | Reply

    Provided that he brings the ball down should make him a better passer. He sure as hell has the weapons to throw to. Hopefully this is the year we make a great run at the playoffs, ball bounces our way and maybe the superbowl…GO TITANS!!!

  2. By fredrick boothman on Jun 1, 2013 | Reply

    locker throws 30 tds 6 to britt 6 to wright 6 to hunter 6to walker and 6 to washington sorry forgot about walter he gets 4 and c.j catches 2 more thats 36 tds then thats pretty good aaaaaaaa? c.j and greene get 14 and 8 apiece rushing touchdowns p.s special teams get 8 touchdowns and defense 6 touchdowns wow thats 72 touchdowns for regular season . i am sure they will get some touchdowns in the playoffs to go titans

  3. By stoked_byznblu on Jun 3, 2013 | Reply

    As we all know, the jury is still out on young Jake Skylocker. The force is strong with him and I feel that he is gonna have a breakout year. Can’t wait to stick it to all the media who has written us off EVERY year (even 08). LET’S SHOW EM WHAT WE’RE MADE OF BOYS!!!!!!

  4. By corey turner on Jun 5, 2013 | Reply

    i truly believe that we got the players we need now all we need is to get them acclamated and we will do fine this year go titans

  5. By addicted2football on Jun 7, 2013 | Reply

    This is your year Jake, go out there and show them what you’ve got!!!!!

  6. By borisiii on Jun 11, 2013 | Reply

    Titians have so many great players and plenty of great back up players. Its getting painful waiting for the season to start.

  7. By Maybell on Jul 24, 2013 | Reply

    I think this year has to be the turning point for Jake Locker. I don’t think he’s ever going to be anything above average, but if he’s going to, I think he’s got to show something more this year. To me, this is the year we will know if Jake is, or isn’t special.

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