Jake Locker Named Starter For Titans

Titans name their starting QB

8/20/12 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Aug 17, 2012;  Tampa, FL, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker (10) takes the snap during the first quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-US PRESSWIRETennessee Titans' beat writer Jim Wyatt has reported that the team has made their decision on a starting quarterback, and their decision is Jake Locker. Locker, the second year player out of Washington, beat out incumbent veteran Matt Hasselbeck, who put together a solid season last year, but will turn 37-years old in September. The Titans figured it was time to move on and put their eighth overall draft pick behind center.

The Titans were obviously rooting for Locker to come out of this position battle on top, as he didn't need to do much to win the job. Though he had an impressive outing with the second unit in his first preseason game, he bombed as a starter in Week 2 of the preseason, completing 4 of 11 passes for 21 yards with an interception. It looks like he would have needed to start throwing balls through his own field goal posts for Hasselbeck to earn the starting gig.

Naming Locker the starter actually does have some fantasy football implications. In five games (no starts) last season, Locker posted an impressive 99.4 quarterback rating. He threw the ball 66 times at a hefty 8.2 yards per attempt (15.9 per completion). Locker could end up as a starting caliber fantasy quarterback by season's end, and he's worth a pick as a flier in the later rounds.

If nothing else, Locker will add excitement to a Titans team that already has the electrifying Chris Johnson taking handoffs. Locker is a strong armed, athletic, mobile quarterback with a skill set similar to Packers' quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Though it's a long shot that he could be as successful as Rodgers, he'll still be an entertaining player to watch and could be the answer at quarterback in Tennessee for years to come.
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