Matt Hasselbeck entered Tennessee Titans training camp as the starting quarterback, knowing there would be stiff competition from Jake Locker. No official decisions have been made, but if you listen to the words of head coach Mike Munchak, Locker appears to have already surpassed Hasselbeck. All he has to do now is preserve his lead.
When asked Wednesday what the young quarterback needs to do to win the starting job, Munchak said, "I think Jake Locker just has to do what he's been doing out here. He needs to do what he did last week ... ."
Munchak said he's looking for Locker to improve on finishing drives, something he didn't do well in the first preseason game. However, Munchak brushed off concerns about Locker's lack of experience, saying it wasn't a big deal that Locker had not started a game since December 2010 when he was in college.
To that point, Locker will be the Titans' starting quarterback in Friday's game at Tampa Bay.
Another plus for Locker is that Munchak complimented him on how he's taking care of the ball and making good decisions. That's important considering inaccuracy was a big knock on Locker entering the draft. He'll still have his bumps, but I think it's clear that Locker is leading this contest over Hasselbeck. He's just No. 25 on FFToolbox's QB rankings. But a firm hold on the starting job and his rushing ability -- along with a healthy Kenny Britt -- could make Locker a strong QB2 this season.