He will only play for 20 to 25 snaps, which amounts to about two or three series, depending upon the offense's success.
Yet all eyes tonight among Tennessee Titans fans will be on Jake Locker.
The Titans want to see if new-and-improved personnel on offense, plus a year's experience and better health, will lead to a new-and-improved Locker.
Even Coach Mike Munchak wants to see it tonight when the Titans take the field against the Washington Redskins.
“Just consistency for all of us. Again, you want everyone on offense, defense to just come out and be consistent with what we do. You know, do our jobs,” Munchak said when asked of what he wants to see of Locker. “We just want to be successful. You like to see the offense go score on a couple drives and the defense have three-and-outs and all those things. That’s what we’re looking for. We put them in a position to go out there and play well on Thursday night and get some momentum going into week two of the preseason.”
Locker said he does believe he has improved over last year and feels more comfortable than he did a year ago when he was still trying to wrest the starting job from veteran Matt Hasselbeck.
“It’s the preseason and you’re obviously not preparing as many days as you would for a regular season game but just trying to do everything you can to get some comfort level with your opponent before you go into the game,” Locker said. “I feel overall more comfortable this year than I did last year and I feel that way going into the game Thursday.’’
The big knock on Locker has always been his accuracy, and whether or not working on his mechanics and adapting the offense to his skill set will be a cure-all. Locker said his biggest change is confidence.
“I think throwing with confidence makes a big difference and that’s what I feel like I’m doing this year,’’ he said.
Titans fans will want to see that confidence on display Thursday night when the Redskins come to town.