Originally posted on Total Titans  |  Last updated 10/6/13
It is  well-known by this point that the Tennessee Titans will be without Jake Locker for likely the next three games because of his hip injury. That means backup Ryan Fitzpatrick will be pressed into duties as the starter, with Rusty Smith the new backup as the Titans finally made that roster move. In Fitzpatrick, the Titans have one of the better backup quarterbacks in the league. A taxonomy of the best backups in the league is more than I want to get into in this post, but he's somewhere in the top eight, perhaps higher. As I've chronicled here, he has his strengths and his weaknesses. He doesn't have Locker's deep arm or his speed, but he is reasonably mobile, not a complete statue, and has nice accuracy on his short passes. The key to his success will be playing under control, as his risk calculator seems to sometimes go haywire. What the Titans are losing with Locker out is hard to say exactly. His games against the Jets and the Chargers is probably the best five or six quarter
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