Jake Locker says he doesn't anticipate being limited as the Tennessee Titans begin organized team activities next week.
Locker, who is coming back from surgery in January to his left non-throwing shoulder, pronounced himself ready to go.
“I don't expect there to be anything that will hold me out,” Locker told reporters on Tuesday.
As for the details of his recovery, Locker said the shoulder now feels normal – or back to the way it was before he first suffered a dislocation in last year's season opener against the New England Patriots.
“I don't know a whole lot about it as far as if it's supposed to be better or stronger, but I can tell you it feels better and just the same as it did before I got hurt,” Locker said. “I haven't had any problems with it. I haven't had any moments with it where, I'm like, 'Aw, man, I can feel that,' or 'it slipped a little bit.' It feels great. It feels normal and I'm excited about that.”
For the first month after the surgery, the shoulder was in a sling and Locker was forced to sleep in a recliner or on a couch in order to avoid causing any damage by lying down. Now nearly five months after the surgery, Locker said he is where he expected to be health-wise this off-season.
“That's kind of what I expected. I didn't expect to miss anything at this point,” Locker said. “I think I'm 20 weeks in, or something like that. The way I looked at it was, if I wasn't ready to go, it was kind of on me that I didn't do what I was supposed to do to take care of my body. I expected to be here and not to miss anything.”
The other thing Locker expects is for the Titans to be much improved after an off-season of free agent and draft upgrades, plus a new offense being installed that should be tailored to Locker's skill set.
“We still have a lot of work to do and that's gonna be important for us the rest of these OTAs and mini-camps and then in fall camp,” Locker said. “There's gonna have to be an emphasis on continuing to study and continuing to mentally grind so that you're able to go out and compete at a high level and a fast speed. If we are able to do that, then this can be a really talented offense.”
One of the pieces of that offense the Titans are counting on is second-year pro Kendall Wright, last year's first-round pick, who caught a team-high 64 passes, but averaged less than 10 yards per reception.
Wright says Locker is becoming the leader of the team with the way he is conducting himself in off-season work and on the practice field.
“The whole offense is built around the quarterback. Basically, he has he ball in his hands every snap," Wright said. "When Jake is out there leading like that, I think we're gonna be a good football team.”