Jake Locker is taking the preparation for his first start in an NFL uniform in stride.
Locker will get the call against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Friday night, something Coach Mike Munchak announced on Monday, but says it is all part of the competition, not necessarily a reward.
Locker came off the bench against Seattle last Saturday and was 7 of 13 for 80 yards.
“I think last weekend, I got more time with the twos and Matt (Hasselbeck) got more time with the ones, so we're just staying consistent with what we've done throughout camp,” Locker said.
Locker said he sees the shift to getting the start as all part of the evaluation process between himself and Hasselbeck.
“You try not to make too much of a big deal. You just go out and play smart and play with confidence like I've tried to do the whole time,” he said. “I think it's more of an extension of what we've done in practice. I think it's more of that than one guy's performance or another.”
Locker said there will be a little bit more knowing exactly what he wants to do in starting than in coming off the bench.
“It's a little different, because you have a little better idea of the plays you want to run and what you want to get accomplished. So there's a little different mindset, but you prepare the same way and go out and try to make the most of it,” he said.
Hasselbeck, who was 5 of 9 for 45 yards but had two interceptions, said Locker should savor the moment from his first professional start.
“More than anything, I'm really excited for him. I remember when I got to start some preseason games, and it awesome,” Hasselbeck said. “I remember how special that was and how exciting that was. It's a special time and you remember it your whole life.”
Coach Mike Munchak says he believes Locker is ready for the start. Much of Tuesday night's practice for both quarterbacks was working on various situations for both quarterbacks
“They're getting a lot of situational work and we put them in a lot of situations that come up on games, and I thought of them moved the ball pretty well today,” Munchak said.
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