Jake Locker is two weeks away from the start of training camp for the Tennessee Titans, and the quarterback says he is excited to see exactly how all the new pieces and philosophies fit together.
The Titans were extremely aggressive in free agency, adding some 15 players, and also are in the process of retooling the playbook under offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains. The defense is getting a facelift as well with the addition of Gregg Williams to the coaching staff.
“I’m just looking forward to the opportunity to put that product on the field,” Locker said from his football camp at Battle Ground Academy in Franklin. “There have been a lot of changes, but guys have taken it really well and made strides with it. I’m looking forward to see that product on the field.”
Locker was asked about ESPN’s Ron Jaworski ranking him 31 out of 32 starting NFL quarterbacks, ahead only of Oakland’s Matt Flynn. He said “Jaws’” or anyone else’s opinion doesn’t bother him and doesn’t really matter.
“It doesn’t matter to me. It’s a preseason ranking. No games have been played,” Locker said. “People can judge, whatever they want. I’m gonna go out and play the same way I always have and do the best I can to put our team in a position to win. That’s my goal. They can say and do what they want. To me, it really doesn’t matter.”
He admits that it does motivate him a bit, but only in a secondary regard.
“Anytime people say something like that, you want to prove them wrong, but that’s not my main motivation,” Locker said.
In the mean time, Locker and his receivers got together this week to throw before camp, something the quarterback added will likely happen a couple of more times next week.
But with everything that changed with the Titans, Locker said he expects the team to be much more successful than 2012’s disappointing 6-10 season.
“I expect great things from this team. I don’t care what anybody else says. I’m excited about the opportunity to get out there and shock some people,” he said.
Locker’s camp Friday had a special visitor as country music superstar Garth Brooks was on hand to visit with the campers.
Locker joked to the campers that Brooks’ hit “Friends in Low Places” being his favorite karaoke song is probably the reason the entertainer paid the camp a visit.
Actually, the camp has a partnership with Brooks’ foundation Teammates for Kids.
“The Teammates for Kids is one of the sponsors of the pro camps, and that’s his organization. They’re a partner, and he is in town this weekend, so he was able to come out,” Locker said.