Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker has come under a hail of criticism over the past week. The most recent critique comes from ESPN’s Ron Jaworski after he spent time studying Locker’s film in which he ranked Locker as the No. 31 quarterback in the NFL.
Locker is entering his third year in the NFL and is fully expected to take the next step in his progression and perform better than his 2,176 yard, 10 touchdown and 11 interception performance in 11 games last season.
Jaworski says there are a lot of things Locker must improve upon if the next step is to happen, as he stated on Jaws’ QB Countdown (via Rotoworld):
“While Locker has often been talked about as throwing well on the run, a careful look at all his throws reveals that he is erratic with both his clarity and his accuracy,” Jaws stated. “What really stood out in evaluating Locker was the number of sacks he took that resulted from pressure outside the box, especially from the slot.” Jaworski concluded by saying, “if (Locker) does not throw with more consistent accuracy, he will always struggle to become a quality NFL starter.”
There is really no arguing with Jaws’ points. Locker has to do better than completing just 56 percent of his passes and tossing more interceptions than touchdowns.
For those of you shaking your head, Rotoworld’s Evan Silva has a reason for you to believe Jaws’ analysis:
Last year, Jaworski got flak for ranking Stafford, Newton too low. Both had up&down seasons. Criticized for Flacco too high. Won Super Bowl.
— Evan Silva (@evansilva) June 24, 2013
Jaws is typically spot on and his critique of Locker is likely not going to come out as incorrect. Locker has some work to do if he wants to keep his starting gig in Tennessee safe.
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