Jake Locker unsure when he’ll start, but likes weapons on Titans’ offense

Jul 22, 2011, 2:02 PM | Updated: 2:06 pm

By Jacob Thorpe
Special to 710Sports.com

One player who can’t wait for the NFL lockout to end is Titans rookie Jake Locker. The former University of Washington star quarterback and No. 8 pick in this year’s NFL draft joined the Kevin Calabro Show on Thursday to talk about why he’s so excited to don the pads at the highest level for the first time.

For starters, Locker believes he has a lot to work with on offense.

Former Husky quarterback Jake Locker was the eighth overall pick in the NFL draft. (AP)

“They’re really good up front and they’ve got a great running game,” Locker said of a Titans offense that’s headlined by three-time Pro Bowl running back Chris Johnson. “When you’re able to [have] that, if you happen to have a young quarterback those are two of his best friends.

“So that’s very exciting, to be able to come into a football team with an emphasis on the run game like they have and an emphasis on being as solid as they are up front.”

One key weapon for Locker could be enigmatic wide receiver Kenny Britt, who was arrested in June for the second time in three months. Britt, Tennessee’s first-round pick in 2009, led the Titans with nine touchdown catches last season, and could be one of Locker’s best assets on the field.

“Everything that I’ve heard about him is that he shows up and plays really hard … he’s a very talented football player and a guy that I’m looking forward to working with,” Locker said.

Coming out of Washington, Locker was regarded as a superior talent who would need some time to work on his accuracy and adjust to the speed of the NFL game. He understands that there is a possibility, if not a probability that he won’t begin the season as the starter. It’s well known that the Titans will aggressively pursue a veteran quarterback in free agency so that Locker can ease his way into the NFL.

For his part, Locker understands the Titans’ motives.

“I haven’t had the opportunity to play at this level yet, so I don’t know,” Locker said. “Both [scenarios] have things that you are able to take away from them and allow you to grow as a player. Whatever situation I do go into I’m looking forward to it and looking forward to growing as much as I can, no matter what situation it is, and just becoming a better player and being ready when I really get my opportunity to take over a team and be a starting quarterback.”

Wyman & Bob

Wyman and Bob


Seattle Sports Video

Video: The two biggest takeaways from talking to John Schneider

Seahawks GM John Schneider joined Wyman & Bob yesterday to talk about the Seahawks off-season, coaching hires and what went into QB Geno Smith’s contract restructure. A day later, what stood out the most to Dave Wyman and Bob Stelton? What were the two big comments he made in his exclusive Seattle Sports show? Watch […]

3 days ago

Seattle Seahawks Mike Macdonald John Schneider...

Brandon Gustafson

Schneider: Why Seahawks’ new coaching staff won’t be at combine

The Seattle Seahawks are wrapping up their coaching staff, but that group won't attend this year's NFL Scouting Combine, John Schneider says.

4 days ago


Seattle Sports Video

Video: John Schneider joins Wyman & Bob to talk about what went into QB Geno Smith’s contract restructure

Seahawks GM John Schneider joined Wyman & Bob to talk about the Seahawks off-season, coaching hires and what went into QB Geno Smith’s contract restructure. Why did they make that move? What is left for this team to address before free agency and NFL Draft processes get into full swing? Watch the full interview with […]

4 days ago

Seattle Seahawks Geno Smith...

Brandon Gustafson

Seahawks’ John Schneider details restructuring of Geno Smith’s contract

Seattle Seahawks GM John Schneider talked through Geno Smith's updated contract and more about the salary cap with Wyman & Bob on Thursday.

4 days ago

Seattle Mariners Ty France...

Brandon Gustafson

Morosi breaks down three big Mariners concerns entering 2024

MLB Network's Jon Morosi takes a closer look at what issues the Seattle Mariners' roster may face in the upcoming 2024 season.

4 days ago

Seattle Seahawks NFL Draft Michael Penix Jr...

Brandon Gustafson

NFL.com’s Reuter on picks he has Seahawks making, including Penix

NFL.com's Chad Reuter joined Wyman & Bob to discuss his latest mock draft, which has the Seattle Seahawks making interesting picks early.

5 days ago

Jake Locker unsure when he’ll start, but likes weapons on Titans’ offense