Jake Locker finished hosting his two-day youth football camp on Friday but is already thinking about another camp.
The Titans QB said he is “really excited and looking forward to” the 2013 Tennessee Titans training camp, which opens July 25. Players are scheduled to report the day before, and the first training camp practice open to the public is scheduled for 6:30-8:30 p.m. on July 26.
The NFL schedule is currently in a mandatory break between last month’s mini-camp and training camp. Locker, however, met with Titans receivers away from Saint Thomas Sports Park, to throw some passes this week and is planning a couple more outings next week.
During his media session about the camp, Locker was asked about pundit predictions and preseason rankings. He said he won’t put much attention on those because he’s focused on Tennessee’s on-field opportunities with offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains’ new system in place.
“I think there have been a lot of changes. Guys have taken it really well in stride and done a good job with it,” Locker said. “I’m looking forward putting our product on the field.”
This training camp will be different for Locker from last year’s when he was in competition with veteran Matt Hasselbeck to become the starter. Hasselbeck is now in Indianapolis, and the Titans brought in veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick. Tennessee has made it clear that Locker will be the starter this season.
Tennessee used free agency and the NFL Draft to strengthen its offensive line and add elements it thought it lacked last season across the offense and defense. Locker said he and his teammates are encouraged with the trajectory the team had at the end of its offseason program and look forward to continuing that.
“I expect great things from this team,” Locker said. “I don’t care what everybody else says. I’m excited about the opportunity to get out there and shock some people.”
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