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Locker era officially begins for Titans

Locker era officially begins for Titans

Posted: Thursday, August 23, 2012 7:00 pm

By TERESA M. WALKER
AP Sports Writer
NASHVILLE (AP) — The job now is Jake Locker’s, and it’s time the Tennessee Titans start adapting the offense around the mobile quarterback’s skills.
That means getting Locker to throw the ball more.
The eighth pick overall in the 2011 draft didn’t exactly win the starting job off the numbers turned in during Tennessee’s first two exhibitions. The second-year quarterback is 11-of-24 for 101 yards with one interception and a passer rating of 40.5 through two games.
“There are things we can do with him that we have not shown in the preseason,” Titans coach Mike Munchak said. “We have not helped him play his style of game where people can really see what he can do in a game. He has not been in a game where one has been game planned for him yet. So I think that will be interesting to watch as we begin the regular season.”
First up, Locker will start the final two preseason games starting tonight against Arizona, and Munchak said they definitely want to get both their quarterback and receivers going. The Titans (1-1) had little success passing through the first two games and had five three-and-outs in last week’s win at Tampa Bay.
The Titans know that a good night throwing the ball can only help boost Locker’s confidence as they prepare for the season opener Sept. 9 against New England. They felt they saw enough during the offseason and training camp to pick Locker over veteran Matt Hasselbeck.
Or as offensive coordinator Chris Palmer summed it up, “I don’t know that he played as poorly as some people are articulating.”
Published in The Messenger 8.23.12

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