Jake Locker is the starting quarterback for the Tennessee Titans as the team takes on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 2 of the NFL preseason. According to USA Today, the announcement was made by Titans coach Mike Munchak in preparation for the Friday night (August 17) game.
Veteran Matt Hasselbeck started Saturday night (August 11) against the Seattle Seahawks, picking up the loss in his return to CenturyLink Field. He will now serve as the backup, which likely means he will still see just as much action as Locker does against the Buccaneers.
Locker will take control of about 20 to 25 plays with the offense, according to the report, giving him ample time to show what he can do with the first-string players on the roster. After getting selected in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft, this could also indicate that the torch is about to get passed on to the younger quarterback as the regular season draws near.
Last season for the Titans, Locker saw action in 5 games, connecting on 35 of 66 passes. He threw for 542 total yards, 4 touchdowns and zero interceptions in that action. Fans were waiting for him to take the helm of the team, though, and now he may get that chance to prove that he is ready to become a permanent starter in the NFL.
Do you think that Jake Locker is ready to be the full-time starting quarterback for the Tennessee Titans? Just how good will the Titans be in the 2012 NFL season?