Jake Locker Begins
Handoff to Ringer, really showing patience and aggressiveness as a runner
Handoff to Jamie Harper (rookie RB from Clemson…4th rounder) that ran downhill very well, keeping his shoulders square.
Locker overthrows Mariani.
Handoff to Harper, who once again shows more downhill running. 4 yard gain.
Locker fakes out the pass rush to throw a first down (really, really great move dodging a would-be pass rusher). No fear in pocket–huge deal for a rookie QB
Reverse to Mariani, WR Justin Gage (started in place of Britt) threw a block that was nearly called for a hold (should’ve been called) but it worked.
Harper is 5’11″ 235 lbs and seems to run very agile for that size, another 4 yard gain.
Play action throw to Ahmard Hall, goes nowhere.
High throw to Jared Cook, amazing catch. Cook could really be a playmaker for the team this season
Harper can work through traffic, but he doesn’t have great lateral speed to shift sideways as he runs.
Stafon Johnson doesn’t jump out at me. With 3 backs securely on the roster (Johnson, Ringer, Harper), I don’t know where Johnson fits. There’s nothing special about his play. He has an incredible life story and I wish the best for him. I’m just not sure he has a future on this team.
End of first quarter, 111 yards vs 33 yards—Titans dominate.
Locker throws to Damian Williams who got upfield after a defender had a hand on him. Great job by Williams
13th play of the drive, Locker runs and is forced out of bounds. WR LaVelle Hawkins threw his body out there to take care of Locker. Good block, but Locker was already headed out of bounds. It’s always great to see that tenacity in a WR.
Rob Bironas uncharacteristically misses a field goal. He was 24/26 in 2010.