The Tennessee Titans’ Jake Locker will get his first NFL start this Friday when the Titans go to Tampa Bay to visit the Buccaneers. It’s going to be an important game for him.
In the first preseason game, Locker put up a much more impressive performance than Hasselbeck and looked capable of moving this Titans’ offense down the field. If he can do that again in Tampa Bay, and Hasselbeck doesn’t improve upon last weeks performance, it’s going to be hard to reason starting Hasselbeck over Locker.
Locker has an arm strength that defenses have to respect and right now the offensive line will take any break it can get. Locker being able to toss the rock deep to guys like Wright could help take guys out of the box and give CJ a little more breathing room, something he didn’t get last season, or for that matter, in Seattle last week.
I expect Locker to put up a good performance. He appears to be steering this ship right now. If he at least does decent, and Hasselbeck doesn’t blow us out of the water, the ball’s still in Locker’s court. I’ve been on Hasselbeck’s side this offseason, but after his rough start in Seattle and Locker’s solid performance, I don’t know that I can back the old man much longer.