Four Downs: Locker steps up for Titans
December, 11, 2011
By Eric Karabell | ESPN Insider
Tennessee Titans rookie Jake Locker wasn't the only reserve quarterback to play well Sunday -- John Skelton and Joe Webb were impressive, as well -- but he's certainly the most interesting heading into Week 15, and not only because he will likely get to face the winless Indianapolis Colts. Locker hasn't played very much in his first season, but Titans fans and fantasy owners have now seen a pair of impressive relief performances, and want to see what the University of Washington product can do as a starter.
Veteran Matt Hasselbeck, the second-most added quarterback in the past week, likely due to the potential shootout matchup with the New Orleans Saints, left early Sunday with a calf injury, and has a Monday MRI pending. There's little question Locker, the No. 8 overall draft pick, is the team's future, and the future threw for 282 yards and a touchdown in three quarters against the Saints, while also running six times for 36 yards and another score. Way back in Week 11 at the Atlanta Falcons, Locker tossed a pair of touchdown passes in relief, as well.