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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.
Thursday, March 27, 2014, 3:18pm
The fourth-year pro recently had surgery to remove the hardware in his right foot, which was surgically repaired following a Lisfranc injury last season. He’s out of a walking boot and has moved into a different stage in his rehabilitation.
“Surgery went really well. Foot feels awesome and rehab is up and rolling,” Locker said Thursday via text. “Doctors were happy with how things looked so (I’m) just continuing to follow that trend.”
Friday, March 14, 2014, 3:27pm
Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 11:31am
He still has a ways to go in his recovery from the surgery he had shortly after suffering the Lisfranc injury in a Nov. 10 game against the Jaguars.
Locker’s right leg was placed in a cast after surgery. He discarded his crutches in January and his foot was placed in a walking boot, which he must wear for a few more weeks. He still can’t put any weight on the foot.
Later this month, he’ll have a procedure to remove the hardware that was inserted during surgery. He hopes to start running shortly thereafter and take part in organized team activities in June. Doctors have been “encouraged” with his recovery, Locker said.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014, 12:20pm
The biggest beneficiary in the Ken Whisenhunt hire should be Jake Locker, the Titans’ talented but injury-prone quarterback. Whisenhunt has worked successfully with young quarterbacks (Ben Roethlisberger in Pittsburgh), old quarterbacks (Kurt Warner in Arizona) and in-between quarterbacks (Philip Rivers in San Diego).
But it also ups the pressure on Locker. Entering his fourth pro season, he is at a crossroads. At some point this year, Whisenhunt will decide if Locker is indeed a franchise quarterback or if the Titans need to go a different direction.
Personally, I think it is a terrific pairing. Locker has worked in two different offensive systems — the first one run by Chris Palmer, the more recent by Dowell Loggains — over the past three seasons. Whisenhunt will provide new direction.
Titans hire Ken Whisenhunt as head coach
Monday, January 13, 2014, 8:31pm
Whisenhunt replaces Mike Munchak, who parted with the team after three seasons and a 22-26 record.
Whisenhunt led a revitalized Chargers offense led by QB Philip Rivers, RB Ryan Mathews and WR Keenan Allen. His first order of business will decide who is the future at QB. Jake Locker has been inconsistent, but the Titans hold the #11 pick. Ryan Fitzpatrick could hold down the fort for a year if necessary.
Delanie Walker emerging with Ryan Fitzpatrick
Friday, November 15, 2013, 10:42am
Walker's production was 2.8-30-.50 with Jake Locker compared to 5.5-56-.50 with Fitzpatrick. Those are solid TE1-type numbers. Pick him up if you need help at tight end.
Jake Locker officially lost for season
Monday, November 11, 2013, 6:54pm
On Monday, it was announced that Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker will miss the rest of the 2013 season. Locker suffered suffered a Linfranc (foot) injury in the team’s loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The injury occurred with 7:12 left in the second quarter, when Locker was hit by Jacksonville linebacker Russell Allen at the end of an eight-yard run. He fumbled on the next play and limped to the sideline. Doctors examined him there, and he went to the locker room for X-rays.
“I don’t know exactly how it happened,” Locker said, “but when I got up from that run I could feel it.”
Ryan Fitzpatrick will take over for Locker. He's coming off a relief appearance in which he threw for 2 TDs and ran for another as he tried to bring the Titans back against the Jags. Fitz will mostly offer QB2 value going forward. He will face the Colts in two of the next three weeks with Oakland sandwiched in between. That will be followed by Denver in Week 14 and a tough matchup vs. Arizona in Week 15 and finally the Jags in finals Week 16.
Jake Locker's season believed to be over
Sunday, November 10, 2013, 8:44pm
The Titans believe that Locker will miss the rest of the season with a Lisfranc injury, a team source told NFL Media's Albert Breer on Sunday.
It's been a disappointing two weeks for those who played Locker. He suffered the injury while handing the ball off to Chris Johnson in the second quarter of Sunday's 29-27 loss. Locker wasn't touched on the play. He limped to the locker room and was replaced at quarterback by Ryan Fitzpatrick. Fitz played pretty well trying to catch up, and looks to be the starter going forward. There's not a ton of drop off here, and Fitzpatrick will probably fall in the QB2 range more weeks much like Locker did.
Locker starting, Shonn Greene active for Titans
Sunday, October 20, 2013, 2:43pm
Sources say Jake Locker expected to start Week 7
Saturday, October 19, 2013, 12:30pm
As Rapaport points out, it's a stunning recovery three weeks after being carted off the field. As our John Paulsen pointed out yesterday, it's a surprise considering the Titans have a bye next week which would provide Locker with two additional weeks off. Ryan Fitzpatrick lost both of his starts which could be a reason for getting Locker back. Locker was also having one of his better games as a pro before getting hurt. It's a bit of a tough matchup this week, though, so Locker is definitely more of a QB2 option as well as a risk in general.
Titans refuse to rule Jake Locker out for Week 7
Friday, October 18, 2013, 12:36pm
Could injured quarterback Jake Locker return to the lineup for Sunday’s game against the 49ers?
The Titans are at least considering it, but it seems unlikely since the third-year pro admitted he still has limitations.
Locker, who sprained his right knee and hip on Sept. 29 against the Jets and was projected to miss four to six weeks, practiced for the second straight day on Thursday.
He increased his workload but continued to wear a brace on his right knee and walk with an obvious limp. On the team’s official injury report he was listed as limited.
“He can play. It is just a matter of … is he quite ready? There is no doubt the more you rest, the more you take off, the stronger your (knee) is going to feel. But it doesn’t mean you can’t play in the meantime,” HC Mike Munchak said. “He came out and looked better today. … We’ll consider anything, really. We’ll wait until tomorrow. It is kind of wait and see. We don’t want to ever say he can’t do anything.”
With a bye in Week 8, we highly doubt the Titans would rush Locker back into service this quickly. We can pencil him in to start in Week 9, however. He'll have a pretty favorable schedule down the stretch.