Locker will start vs. Buccaneers

Jake Locker will make his first start in Friday night's preseason game at Tampa Bay.

Locker came off the bench for Matt Hasselbeck Saturday night in a 27-17 loss at Seattle and completed 7 of 13 passes for 80 yards. Coach Mike Munchak said Locker is getting the start because it is his turn.

“We'll start Jake on Friday. It gives him an opportunity to start the game from the beginning. Then, Matt will come in and we'll go from there,” Munchak said Monday.

The Titans will increase both quarterbacks' reps over the preseason opener when Hasselbeck played three series and Locker finished up the first half before giving way to third-string quarterback Rusty Smith.

“You want to give them enough to where you can get some drives going. You hope you're out there longer. You want to get them in the 20s as far as plays,” Munchak said. “It's a position he hasn't been in yet. Obviously we started Matt last week and we'll do the opposite this weekend.”

On Saturday night, Locker got only one brief series with the starters, and Munchak said the coaching staff wants to see how last year's first-round pick fares with more time with the first team.

“We kind of want to see him with some of the other plaeyrs for a longer period of time,” he said.

Starting receiver Nate Washington said the switch from Hasselbeck to Locker won't be a big deal in the game because both quarterbacks have gotten plenty of reps with the first unit in practice.

“It won't be much of a change for us. We've been getting so much work with both of the guys. It's just a game situation where he'll be starting. Both of them have been doing a good job of controlling the offense in practice,” Washington said.

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