When I first saw the PFT tweet that said Nate Washington compared Jake Locker to a young Ben Roethlisberger I cringed a little bit because I really don't like Roethlisberger, but he is a heck of a quarterback- so I guess that isn't the worst thing in the world. Here is exactly what Nate said to Terry McCormick:
"I was there in Ben's second year, and right away you kind of understood that even in his second year, he was gonna be a good quarterback, a guy that could make plays. That's the same thing with Jake," Washington said. "He's a guy who can make plays. I tell everybody all the time, this is football, and it's a gladiator sport, but it's not a dumb man's sport.
"There are a lot of things out there that you have to learn. You're not just gonna go out there and run faster than everybody else or be the strongest man on the field and win. You've got to think with your head a lot, and especially at his position, he's gonna touch the ball every single play. He has a lot to worry about and a lot on his shoulders, but he's grown with his thoughts and he's grown with his mentality toward the game and understanding a lot, and we just have to make sure we do what we can to help him out."
I cannot wait until this season starts so Locker's play can answer all of the questions that have been swirling around this offseason.