Sunday, March 30, 2014, 1:40pm
Barring a setback, Jake Locker will be the starter at QB for the Titans. Former Chargers backup Charlie Whitehurst replaces Ryan Fitzpatrick. Tyler Wilson is under contract. Rusty Smith is a free agent.
The Titans are unlikely to pick up the option year on Locker's contract, so this is probably his make-or-break season. If he makes great strides, the Titans will try to re-sign him to an extension, but they need to protect themselves by developing another quarterback.
Locker began to show promise last year but got hurt. The author thinks the Titans could take a QB later in the draft, but either way, this will be a key year for Locker.
Monday, December 17, 2012, 7:25pm
No surprises for the Titans tonight, in what's sure to be a thriller.
Monday, October 29, 2012, 12:45pm
Locker dislocated his left shoulder twice in the first four games. He was limited in practice the past two weeks.
Asked if Locker would be ready for this week’s game against the Bears at LP Field, Munchak said: “I don’t know yet. We’ll have to see. He’ll get re-examined again this week.”
Sunday, November 20, 2011, 3:06pm
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Friday, October 28, 2011, 1:22pm
Matt Hasselbeck practiced fully Thursday after being limited Wednesday. He said his thumb wasn't that bad Wednesday, but that they didn't want a bunch of snaps banging against his hand. The benefit was extra work for rookie Jake Locker, the eighth pick overall, and Rusty Smith.
"And when you're as old as I am, when you're 36, they start giving you days off if you sneeze too much," Hasselbeck joked.
He said he bruised the thumb in last week's 41-7 loss to Houston when he hit his throwing hand on the arm or elbow of a defensive lineman. Hasselbeck said his thumb will not be an issue Sunday when the Titans (3-3) host Indianapolis (0-7).
Saturday, May 7, 2011, 2:35pm
Titans GM Mike Reinfeldt on who the Titans might add as a veteran quarterback: “It might be a guy we might like for two or three years. Because of the free agency, I can’t mention those guys by name, but Kerry Collins would be in that mix and there’s probably either three or four other guys that are worth talking about, either through trade or free agency.”
Reinfeldt on the future of second-year quarterback Rusty Smith: “He’s still got all the tools. I think he’s a young man that has a chance to play in the league for a number of years. He might not be a starter, but he could be a pretty darn good backup for a while. He’s got all the things you look for: the strong arm, the good size and he’s got a good touch, a quick release.”
Anyone operating under the assumption Vince Young could remain with the Titans can forget about it. Coach Mike Munchak reiterated Thursday that the team and the quarterback will part ways, no matter what happens in the NFL draft. The fact that the verdict was reached on Jeff Fisher’s watch changes nothing, said Munchak, whose focus is on identifying the next Titans quarterback and whether that player might come from an intriguing group of draft prospects next week.
“That was a decision made months ago and nothing that is going to happen personnel-wise, or how the draft goes, is going to change that,’’ said Munchak, who replaced Fisher in February. “It wasn’t just a Jeff Fisher decision — I think people kind of have that feeling because it happened back then we could change our decision.”
With Kerry Collins a free agent, some had speculated the Titans would re-think their stance on Vince Young. That's not going to happen. Look for the Titans to pursue a QB in both the draft and in free agency. We saw all we needed to see from Rusty Smith last year - 20 of 40 for 200 yards, 0 TDs & 4 INTs.
Friday, December 3, 2010, 7:15pm
Titans QB Kerry Collins (calf probable) took full practice reps Friday and is probable for Sunday. Collins says he's feeling good, and HC Jeff Fisher said collins has a good chance to play Sunday. We'd bet on it, considering how bad Rusty Smith looked last week. Expect a better day from Chris Johnson with Collins under center.
Thursday, December 2, 2010, 7:21pm
Titans QB Kerry Collins (calf) took full practice reps Thursday. Collins says he's feeling good, and HC Jeff Fisher said collins has a good chance to play Sunday. We'd bet on it, considering how bad Rusty Smith looked last week. Expect a better day from Chris Johnson with Collins under center.
Collins hasn't played since straining a calf muscle on Nov. 14, but practiced in a limited capacity Wednesday — his first practice since the injury.
"I've come a long way since (the injury) happened," Collins said. "I'm feeling better. I'm feeling as good now as I have since it happened. I'm just trying to get my strength back and get better with every day that passes."
"It's already been a significant boost for them, knowing that he has a good chance to play," Fisher said. "Obviously we can do a little bit more, game-plan wise. Guys are excited."
Johnson had just 2 yards on three carries in the first half, and managed a career-low 5 yards in the game.
It seemed like every time Johnson got his hands on the football, a Texan was waiting for him.
"We just have to watch film and see what happened,'' Johnson said. "We weren't able to run the ball at all so I'm not sure."
Later on Twitter, Johnson posted: "I pray I don't have another game like today even tho it was out of my hands."
Collins hasn't practiced since suffering the injury on Nov. 14. Chris Simms was the No. 3 quarterback.
Fisher said Collins would be "day to day" this week leading up to Sunday's game against the Jaguars at LP Field.
The return of Collins should help Johnson next week against the Jags, but this offense is struggling pretty bad. When you don't have a threat of a passing game, it doesn't bode well for Johnson owners.
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