Tennessee Titans training camp starts at the end of the week! Leading up to camp,
Xanpham Churchill and I are going to be breaking down all of the positions on the roster. We start with the quarterbacks.
All players have 2013 stats listed, if applicable.
Jake Locker- 111-183, 1,286 yards, 8 TDs, 4 INTs
What else is there to say about what Jake Locker means to this team this year? They are going to go as far as he can take them. I cannot wait to see what he does in Ken Whisenhunt's system, and I really, really hope he stays healthy enough for us to see it.
If Locker gets hurt, we are going to be watching our favorite team be quarterbacked by Whitehurst. The thought of that makes me shudder. Hopefully it doesn't come to pass.
I have high hopes for Mett, but he only sees action this year if Locker is hurt or bad. I don't want either of those scenarios to come to pass.
Wilson is another guy that I really like coming out of college. Maybe I am partial to SEC quarterbacks. Anyway, what I do know about Wilson is that he can stand in the pocket, take a hit and deliver the football. He won't be doing that for the Titans in 2014, unless it is on the practice squad.
RUUUSSTTTYYYY!!!!11 is gone, and well as Ryan Fitzpatrick who will be making the Fitz Magic happen for the Texans this year. Neither one of those guys are a huge loss, but I do think Fitzpatrick is a better quarterback than Whitehurst. So the Titans are worse off if Locker does go down with an injury this year than they were last year.
The Big Question
Can Jake Locker stay healthy? I might be in the minority here, but I think Locker can be really good if he can stay healthy. He will benefit from learning under Ken Whisenhunt and playing in the new system.
Best Case Scenario
Locker makes huge strides in Whisenhunt's offense. He is finally able to stay healthy for the entire season, proves all of the doubters wrong, becomes one of the best duel threat QBs in the league, and leads the Titans to the playoffs.
Worst Case Scenario
Locker is terrible in the first two weeks, gets hurt in the second game, comes back too soon in the 5th game, plays poorly for another three weeks, and then gets hurt again and misses the rest of the year.
It has been said a million times this offseason, but this is the prove it year for Jake Locker. The success of this group depends on Locker staying healthy, first of all, but after that, he has to show that his play from early in the season last year was no fluke. That Jake Locker that was torching the Jets last season needs to show up and play for 16 weeks. If he does, the 2014 Titans season will be really fun.