Jake Locker, QB, Titans
|QB - #29||174.44||TEN||Active||4 years||26||6'3||234|
2014 Outlook: Bye Week Fill-inLast updated on Jul-11-2014 by Jeb Gorham
Jake Locker's fourth season is going to be one to watch. His return from Lisfranc surgery has gone very well, and he is actually ahead of schedule. Locker needs to focus on a few key aspects of his game this season to be productive--namely his movement in the pocket and his completion percentage. Locker has a great offensive line and this should help him work to improve; however, another underwhelming season or a string of injuries would force the Titans to find a new QB for the future. The addition of Bishop Sankey from the draft will provide Locker a tough rusher that can help the passing game succeed. Locker is probably best left on the waiver wire until he produces something on the field.
Editor's note: It's hard to imagine a scenario where the Titans decide to keep Locker as their franchise QB after this season. For example, if they don't make the playoffs, how well would Locker need to play in order to be re-signed? The former Washington Huskies star is in a contract year and may be one season away from the end of his career. If that isn't motivation, nothing is.
Head coach Ken Whisenhunt told The Tennesseean on Friday that he needs to see more fight from his wide receivers, specifically singling out second-year wideout Justin Hunter.
"They are going into a physical game," Whisenhunt said. "This defensive secondary plays physical with the receivers, and they have to understand they have to be disciplined in their routes, they have to battle for the ball when it comes their way. We didn't play the way we wanted to last week, so this is a chance to get on the field again and do a little better. Justin is a talented, young receiver, and I think that is part of it, being young. He has made strides since he has been with us, and I think he'll continue to do that. I think that is part of the process of growing up in the NFL."
Hunter has just five catches for 89 yards through the first two games of the year.Fantasy Analysis:
Hunter was a hot name coming into the year as a potential breakout candidate. Unfortunately, quarterback Jake Locker hasn't played well, and Hunter hasn't stepped up just yet. However, the talent is there and the season is young. From years of playing sports, one thing that that I've learned is that if your coaches are riding you, it's because they believe in you. The fact that the Titans' coaches have had Hunter wearing a shirt that says "JAG" tells you that they don't truly believe Hunter to be Just Another Guy.
The Titans are currently a touchdown underdog to the Bengals this weekend, so the chances they're playing from behind are good. This should play into the favor of Hunter and running mates WR Kendall Wright and TE Delanie Walker. Hunter and Wright are both low-end WR3/flex options for this week. Walker is a TE2 against a stout Bengals defense.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors9/20 - Titans looking for more from talented WR Justin Hunter
8/22 - Titans WR Justin Hunter has been 'all but unstoppable' at the goal line
Latest References to Jake Locker on FFToolbox:
- Week 2: FAAB-Blind Bidding Waivers Report
- Week 2: Start 'em
- Fourth-Year Players Can Be Good Too
- 2014 Team Outlook: Tennessee Titans
- Top 15 Young NFL Quarterbacks for the 2014 Season
You must login in order to comment:
If you do not have an account yet, register here -- it's free