ESPN’s Ron Jaworski has been releasing his rankings of the 32 starting quarterbacks in the NFL. While Tennessee Titans signal-caller Jake Locker is not last on the list, he comes in at No. 31. Many quarterbacks could use this as a motivation for the upcoming season, but Locker is brushing off the rankings and moving in to the season with no extra chip on his shoulder.
“It doesn’t matter to me. It is a preseason ranking, no games have been played. So in my opinion it means nothing,’’ Locker said, via Jim Wyatt of the Tennesseean. “People can judge, do whatever they want. I am going to go out and play and do what I always have and do the best I can to put us in a position to win. That is my goal and people can say and do what they want.
“To me, it doesn’t really matter.”
Locker is right. Jaworski’s opinion doesn’t matter, but it is educated and speaks for what the film can tell us.
It is up to Locker to step up this season and finally make a break through as a starter if he wants to see the team take the step to the next level.
So far in his career Locker has struggled to emerge as a top-tier quarterback and he has shown little improvement over the years. That is something that will need to change if he hopes to prove that he is the franchise quarterback the Titans hope he is.