Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak wasn't kidding when he said Friday he would alternate first-team reps between quarterbacks Matt Hasselbeck and Jake Locker.
At Saturday's first practice, both quarterbacks worked with the first team and sometimes switching up within the same period of practice.
“We think that’s the best way to do it, for them to compete that way, to avoid a lot of things,” Munchak said, “Avoid looking at the script beforehand, knowing what plays you are going to get, knowing who you are working with.
“That way coaches can make more of the decisions on what they want to see them doing, who they want to see them with. Like I mentioned, we will do that with the quarterback position. We did it with the offensive line. We’ll do it with some defensive positions throughout camp and try to find the right mixture as a group.”
Locker spoke to the media for the first time in camp and said he understands why the coaches are handling the open competitions the way they are. Tennessee also has camp battles at right guard between Leroy Harris and Fernando Velasco and at center between Eugene Amano and Fernando Velasco.
“They told us it would be a little different. Just how we shuffled through practice was a little different. The goal is to get each of us the same amount of snaps with the different groups and evaluate it from there,” Locker said.
Locker said he isn't sure what the Titans are looking for exactly as they make their decision on a starting quarterback. But he is sure of what he wants them to see from him.
“Exactly what I need to show them, I don't really know,” Locker said. “But my goal to show them is that I'm comfortable within this offense, that I'm confident in myself and my abilities in this offense, and that it wouldn't be too big for me.”
Teammates say they are fine with the switching in and out as the Titans determine their starter.
“Both of them have the ability to put the ball where it needs to be,” tight end Jared Cook said. “Both of them are good players, and they can get the job done. And that's what we have to get used to in practice.”