Neither quarterback lit the world on fire last night, but Jake Locker came out of the first preseason game as the winner. He looked poised in the pocket and kept his eyes down field even when he broke the pocket. It was clear that he was thinking pass before run last night. That was a good indication that he has made progress since last season.
Mike Muchak said after the game that Locker has closed the gap on Matt Hasselbeck according to Jim Wyatt:
"I don’t know if there was a big gap," Munchak said. "Obviously Jake doesn’t have the experience Matt has, so I think that gap you can never really close if you are a young quarterback. But I think overall, as the season progressed last year, we thought that Jake was coming on real strong. … So yeah, he has closed the gap and they are obviously both doing well. We are happy with both of them and at some point we’ll make a decision."You have to be pleased with the way Locker played last night. He still had some inaccurate throws on the second possesion, but he really settled in after that. Locker was great in the two-minute drill at the end of the half.
Locker should get the start this week against the Buccaneers. He just needs to continue to show that he is making process. I thought when camp started that Hasselbeck would be the starter if the two were even, but I have changed my mind on that. I think Locker gets the nod if they are even because of the potential he gives them.