It's not like Titans players and coaches are going to look for the nearest press member with a camera and say, "Hey, we think Jake Locker is going to fail, but we'll give him one more chance." Locker may still be a bust in his third season, which has been described by some as make-or-break. But his teammates are confident that Locker will succeed.
Wide receiver Kendall Wright said to Terry McCormick of TitanInsider that Locker has transformed into "an all-around leader" and is feeling more comfortable this season, his first without having to fight for the starting job.
"You can definitely tell the difference," Wright added. "[Locker is] making a lot of plays out there and having fun while doing it ...."
Tight end Delanie Walker also praised Locker's leadership skills, saying he really controls the huddle, and "that's what you need out of a quarterback."
Wide receiver Nate Washington compared Locker at this stage in his career to a young Ben Roethlisberger.
"I was there in Ben's second year, and right away you kind of understood that even in his second year, he was gonna be a good quarterback, a guy that can make plays," Washington said. "That's the same things with Jake. He's a guy who can make plays. I tell everybody all the time, this is football, and it's a gladiator sport, but it's not a dumb man's sport."
Head coach Mike Munchak and his coaches have also been trying to facilitate the offense for Locker, cutting down on the offensive verbiage, much like what the Panthers have done for Cam Newton. It's nice to hear how comfortable Locker is, but he still has to go out there and show it. His athleticism is evident, but Locker seems startled much too often by pressure in the pocket, and his lack of accuracy is well-known. He is a deep QB2.