Jake Locker certainly wasn't happy when he watched the film of Sunday night's practice.
But he is thankful for two things – It happened in practice and not in a game, and he said he learned from his mistakes.
Locker was picked off three times Sunday night and tossed an option pitch behind Chris Johnson, but on Monday, he fared better, albeit with some short passes, but he managed three red zone touchdowns.
“I think a lot of times when you have a tough practice, you're gonna have them. It's the reality of sports. They're not always gonna go the way you want them to,” Locker said. “We go back and look at the film and learn from what you can, and learn how not to repeat those same mistakes.
“At the time, it sucks. It sucks. It's hard to watch the film. 'Why did I do that? Why did I do this? I should have done this.' But you can take so many good things from it, and that it happened in a practice setting, hopefully we can prevent it from happening in a game.”
On Monday, Locker was helped by one outstanding catch from rookie Justin Hunter, who managed to get both feet down on the play.
“We came out and had a good day today. We moved the ball and were able to find he end zone in the green zone and we did a lot of positive things today,” Locker said. “The best thing we did was have a short memory. We didn't drag what happened last night into today. We learned from it and moved on and got better as an offense.”
Locker hit 9 of his first 12 passes in team drills and had no interceptions Monday.
Offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains said Sunday night's struggle was not just Locker, but the entire offense, including himself.
“I feel good about where Jake's been. Obviously, the offense didn't have a very good night, including myself last night, and we need to improve on that, and it's going to be big on how you bounce back the next couple days and continue to progress forward,” Loggains said. “We just didn't execute well and there's a couple times I didn't put him in great situations based on the script. The other thing is some of those periods we had a run-boot, boot period, and they know what's coming. We just have to make good decisions in those periods that could be defensive gains periods.”
In and out of practice
Kenny Britt got another day off from practice on Monday to rest his sore left knee, but the wide receiver still plans to play Saturday night against the Cincinnati Bengals.
“There's no doubt about it. Tell everybody to get their 18 jerseys out,” Britt said. “I'm great knee-wise. There's no concerns at all. I'd rather be out there practicing with the fellows, but I'm taking some days off and making sure I don't have any setbacks. But I'd rather be out there practicing.”
In addition to Britt, others who did not practice Monday included safety Markelle Martin (hamstring), safety Daimon Stafford (hamstring), linebacker Zaviar Gooden (ankle), linebacker Greg Jones (ankle), tackle David Stewart (ankle) and defensive tackle Sammie Hill (elbow).
Rob Bironas was back and kicking after missing several days and the preseason game against Washington with a back injury.
Center Brian Schwenkie took part in team drills on Monday for the first time since suffering a hamstring injury early in camp.
Campbell to start
Tommie Campbell will get the start at right cornerback on Saturday night in Cincinnati. Campbell played with the second unit against Washington, while Alterraun Verner got the start.
With Brett Kern getting a day of rest on punting, offensive line coach Bruce Matthews punted during a team drill. Matthews shanked his first kick badly, but then hit a solid punt on his second try.