Jake Locker QB TEN 3 Months

Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt believes this is a "make-or-break" year for Jake Locker.

We agree. Locker's underwhelming start to his career could be attributed to his injury issues, but he has not been effective even while playing. He has an 18:15 TD-to-INT ratio over the last two seasons (18 games), with a 57.9 completion rate and 6.9 YPA. Locker will be the Titans' Week 1 starter, but he will need a strong, healthy season to remain in Tennessee beyond next season.

Jake Locker QB TEN 3 Months

Jake Locker (Lisfranc surgery) will be limited to individual drills in next week's OTAs.

Jake Locker QB TEN 3 Months

ESPN's Chris Mortensen told NFL Live Friday that the Titans likely wouldn't have exercised Jake Locker's fifth-year option even had Mike Munchak stayed on as head coach.

Munchak, of course, was part of the team that selected Locker with the eighth pick in the 2011 draft. It's telling that the Titans wouldn't have locked in Locker even under the coaching staff that worked with him for three full years. Locker's durability has been poor, but his on-field performance has been just as concerning. He has an 18:15 TD-to-INT ratio over the last two seasons (18 games), with a 57.9 completion rate and 6.9 YPA, absorbing 41 sacks.

Jake Locker QB TEN 4 Months1 Comment

Jake Locker (Lisfranc surgery) reiterated Monday that he's "ahead of schedule," and is "shooting" to be ready for May OTAs.

The Nashville Tennessean's Jim Wyatt posted a TwitPic Monday of Locker with a Nike running shoe as opposed to a walking boot. At this point, we're less concerned with Locker's foot than his on-field ability. Ex-OC Dowell Loggains had Locker playing the best football of his career before the 2013 injury, and he still didn't resemble a franchise quarterback. The coaching staff was fired and replaced by Ken Whisenhunt, who's been noncommittal on Locker as his 2014 starter.

Jake Locker QB TEN 4 Months

The Titans aren't expected to exercise Jake Locker's 2015 option.

First-round picks under the new CBA all have fifth-year options that would pay them the average salary of the ten highest-paid players at their position. Locker's 2015 option would be in the neighborhood of $14 million. It's not guaranteed, however, and it wouldn't be harmful to the Titans to pick it up. They could just release Locker at a later date. But 2014 is shaping up as a make or break year for the former No. 8 overall pick. He should be ready for minicamp.

Jake Locker QB TEN 4 Months

Jake Locker (Lisfranc surgery) has shed his walking boot, and "hopes" to be ready to resume practicing by June.

Locker recently had follow-up surgery to remove the "hardware" from his injured right foot. Locker is now wearing "normal shoes," putting weight on his foot for the first time since November. He remains on track to be ready for training camp. Locker is going into the final year of his rookie contract, but has a long leash as the Titans' starter after they released experienced backup Ryan Fitzpatrick in favor of "Checkdown" Charlie Whitehurst. However, the Titans reportedly have "no plans" to exercise Locker's fifth-year option.

Jake Locker QB TEN 5 Months

Jake Locker (Lisfranc surgery) will remain in a walking boot for a few more weeks.

The bad news for Locker is that he still has a long way to go in his recovery. He hasn't put any weight on his right foot since his Nov. 10 injury and still has to undergo a procedure to remove some "hardware" that was inserted during surgery. The good news for Locker is that the starting quarterback job remains his to lose under the new Ken Whisenhunt regime. Whiz referred to Locker as "our quarterback" while speaking to fans on Tuesday.

Jake Locker QB TEN 5 Months

Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt gave Jake Locker an underwhelming endorsement on NFL Network at the Combine.

Whisenhunt started "Jake is ...," then appeared to rein himself in and stutter, before saying "We're excited about Jake. He's our guy going forward." Whiz's body language couldn't have been less confident, but it does appear the Titans have internally deemed Locker their best option for 2014. They're not positioned to draft a top-end rookie passer, and free agency lacks viable starting quarterbacks. Whiz's first year in Nashville could be a rough one.

Jake Locker QB TEN 5 Months

Titans GM Ruston Webster expects Jake Locker (Lisfranc surgery) to be ready for OTAs by June.

It means Locker should be able to participate in June's mandatory minicamp, and be 100 percent for training camp. Locker is already behind the eight ball as he attempts to learn new coach Ken Whisenhunt's system, but returning by minicamp would make any previous absences mostly a non-issue.

Jake Locker QB TEN 5 Months2 Comments

Titans CEO Tommy Smith said he's "absolutely" in support of Jake Locker.

"He's the quarterback," Smith added. Smith did say, however, when addressing Chris Johnson's status that he's not going to have much input on personnel decisions and wants the football people -- GM Ruston Webster and coach Ken Whisenhunt -- to make those calls. Locker is far from a lock to open the season as Tennessee's starter, but he'll likely enter camp as the favorite.