NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- For the first time in three seasons, quarterback Jake Locker entered the preseason as the Tennessee Titans' starting quarterback.
Consequently, the Titans are expecting the former first-round draft pick, who beat out veteran Matt Hasselbeck for the starting nod last year during training camp, to take hold of the quarterback reins and lead an offense that sputtered mightily last season.
Thursday night, Locker saw more action than expected in the Titans' 22-21 loss to the Washington Redskins in the preseason opener for both teams. In the first half, he played five offensive series and all but one play, guiding the Titans to two first-half touchdowns. He completed 7-of-11 passes for 58 yards and a modest 77.1 passer efficiency rating.
"We moved the ball well," said Locker, the team's first-round draft pick in 2010 who played only 11 games last season because of a shoulder injury. " That was our goal, just to come out and build momentum, have some drives and put 14 ...