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QB Jake Locker - Tennessee Titans

6-2, 231Born: 6-15-1988College: WashingtonDrafted: Round 1, pick 8

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Tennessee Titans QB Jake Locker (wrist) could barely grip the football at the end of the game Sunday, Sept. 21, according to head coach Ken Whisenhunt. Locker underwent an MRI Monday morning on September, 22nd.

News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 22): Locker had another terrible game, albeit a predictable one at Cincinnati. He also suffered an injured wrist, to the point that he "could barely grip the ball" at the end of the game according to head coach Ken Whisenhunt. He is no sure thing to play at Indianapolis this week.

Week 4: at Indianapolis Colts

Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 at KC 22 33 266 2 0 6 14 0 0
2 vs DAL 18 34 234 1 2 2 9 0 0
3 at CIN 17 34 185 0 2 6 50 0 0
4 at IND PROJ-Tremblay 18 31 * * * 4 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 1 vs KC (22 / 33 / 266 / 2 / 0 pass, 6 / 14 / 0 rush)

Locker made an inconsistent start to this game. He made a handful of accurate passes and made obvious progression reads, but in the second quarter he ran into a sack because he dropped his eyes before throwing a pass that should have been intercepted. On that pass, he was trying to throw a jump ball to the pylon but badly underthrew it. After getting away with that pass, Locker slightly overthrew Hunter at the goalline before finding Delanie Walker in the back of the end zone for a touchdown. Locker made a good read at the goal line to find the open receiver. Locker had his bad moments, but for the most part he played well. He was better when he got rid of the ball quickly and when he was forced to hold it his better plays came on scrambles. Locker did enough to help the team win, but he needs to be more consistent in everything he does if he is to be a satisfactory starter.

2014 Week 2 vs DAL (18 / 34 / 234 / 1 / 2 pass, 2 / 9 / 0 rush)

It was a game to suck the life out of those who believed in Locker's ability to become a quality NFL starter. Locker struggled with his accuracy, his awareness and his pocket presence in the first half to the point that the offense essentially stalled. In the second half, he was better, but not good enough to erase the memory of the first half. His first touchdown pass was largely a result of Delanie Walker's ability to bounce off a tackle and run away from the last line of the defense, but Justin Hunter dropped an accurate pass in the end zone and Nate Washington had another overturned after review.

2014 Week 3 vs CIN (17 / 34 / 185 / 0 / 2 pass, 6 / 50 / 0 rush)

Locker started this game in a much more impressive way than he did the previous week's. He had a very impressive scramble on Third-and-Long that set the offense up at midfield. Locker wasn't playing horrible for the start of this game, but he also wasn't effective. Midway through the second quarter, he should have had a pick-six when he waited too long to throw the ball outside and Terence Newman broke on it with ease. Locker's threw an interception in the second quarter when the offense was backed up against its own goalline. He forced a pass to Delanie Walker over the middle of the field and put the ball behind him. The ball was knocked into the air and caught by another defender. After throwing an interception from his own endzone, Locker threw a second interception into the Bengals endzone. This time he made the bad decision to throw the ball back across his body after scrambling to the left. It was a relatively simple read for the Bengals free safety who broke on the ball well before Locker's intended target. Locker didn't show the poise or quality required of an NFL quarterback for his team to win this game.


Latest News

Titans | Jake Locker could barely grip ball (Mon Sep 22, 04:50 PM) - Updating a previous report, Tennessee Titans QB Jake Locker (wrist) could barely grip the football at the end of the game Sunday, Sept. 21, according to head coach Ken Whisenhunt. Locker underwent an MRI Monday morning.

Our View: Locker and the passing game struggled in Week 3. Fantasy owners need to see if Locker can practice later in the week. If he can't play, the Titans could turn things over to veteran Charlie Whitehurst. They also have Zach Mettenberger on the roster, and the strong-armed rookie might get a shot if Locker is banged up or keeps struggling.
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Titans | Jake Locker undergoes MRI (Mon Sep 22, 04:27 PM) - Tennessee Titans QB Jake Locker (wrist) underwent an MRI Monday, Sept. 22, on the wrist injury he suffered in the team's Week 3 game. Head coach Ken Whisenhunt said he is not sure if Locker will be able to play in Week 4.

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Titans | Jake Locker remains starter (Sun Sep 21, 06:19 PM) - Tennessee Titans QB Jake Locker remains the starting quarterback, and head coach Ken Whisenhunt said Sunday, Sept. 21, that he never considered benching Locker despite a lopsided loss in Week 3 against the Cincinnati Bengals. He said Locker is his quarterback, and the coach will be patient with him.

Our View: That Whisenhunt is having to answer these questions is in and of itself a sign that Locker's status is getting shakier. The Titans only have journeyman Charlie Whitehurst or rookie Zach Mettenberger to turn to, so Locker is protected a bit by the poor shape of his position on the Titans depth chart.
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Titans | Jake Locker more patient (Tue Sep 9, 05:22 PM) - Tennessee Titans QB Jake Locker stayed in the pocket in Sunday's game more frequently than he has throughout his career. In fact, Locker didn't attempt a pass from outside the pocket, according to ESPN. Locker's patience helped him tally 266 passing yards and two touchdowns.

Our View: This is why Locker looked better as a passer. He's always been mechanically sound, and Locker needs to play up to his potential this season or else the Titans are going to look elsewhere for a franchise quarterback. 2014 is a make-or-break season for the young quarterback, but he's off to a good start.
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