Jake Locker Named Titans’ Starting Quarterback
Move over, Matt Hasselbeck. This is Jake Locker‘s team now. According to Jim Wyatt via Twitter, the Tennessee Titans have decided to go with youth over experience, and have named Locker their new starting quarterback heading into the 2012 NFL season.
Locker hasn’t exactly blown everyone away in preseason play, but he flashed his immense ability throughout the summer, while Hasselbeck was prone to turnovers and simply didn’t look like the clear choice ahead of Locker at any point in the decision-making process.
This is the right move for the Titans, as Locker displayed a big arm and excellent athletic ability while throwing four touchdowns in spot-duty late last year, and is one of the most talented young passers in the league. His presence under center will immediately allow the Titan’s Run N’ Shoot offense to take center stage, potentially making Tennessee one of the more explosive offenses in the league.
Locker doesn’t come without risk, however. He had a rough showing in his only preseason start last week, going just 4-of-11 with an interception, and was up and down during camp. With that said, he’s bigger, stronger and more athletic than Hasselbeck, 36, and arguably gives the team the best chance to win right now.
This makes Locker a top-20 option, right now. I was high on Locker as a quality sleeper months ago, but now that it’s official he’ll start to slowly climb the ladder in my quarterback rankings. I still don’t love his accuracy and his decision-making can be spotty, but he literally has no ceiling and has enough weapons to do some serious damage in his first full season as a starter. He can be safely drafted as a QB2 with QB1 upside, while Matt Hasselbeck can be left on draft boards.
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