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08:04 AM ET 12.28 | There was a time when expectations for a rookie quarterback were low -- but Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson and Robert Griffin III have, instead, raised them. The success of those three rookie quarterbacks who exceeded expectations have magnified Jake Locker's struggles in his first season as an NFL starter. The Titans (5-10) are 3-7 with Locker under center, and his numbers down the stretch have stirred up more questions than answers about his future. "It's not how I would've wished they had gone," the second-year pro said Wednesday. "But there are a lot of positives to be taken from it, and a lot of things that you can learn from and grow from to make you better going forward."

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December 28, 2012  08:19 AM ET

He is what he is... A backup.

December 28, 2012  08:20 AM ET

In today's NFL you either show it right away or it's not going to happen. It's expected that a QB come out of college ready to go..not to hold a clipboard for two years and watch.

December 28, 2012  09:00 AM ET

Locker didn't go to U$C, but he sure plays like he did. Must be a west coast thing.

December 28, 2012  09:51 AM ET

I never understood what the Titans saw in Locker to draft him so high. He had a 10-21 record as a starter for the Huskies, a pass completion percentage of 53.9%, and only threw 53 TD passes in 4 yrs.

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December 28, 2012  10:06 AM ET
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I never understood what the Titans saw in Locker to draft him so high. He had a 10-21 record as a starter for the Huskies, a pass completion percentage of 53.9%, and only threw 53 TD passes in 4 yrs.

It was definitely a reach. I suspect the owner had a hand in it, much like he did for Vince Young.

December 28, 2012  10:23 AM ET

That is what is wrong with a lot of the NFL teams the owners think they know more about drafting players, what plays to call, and who should be the starting QB, and this results in another losing season.

December 28, 2012  12:32 PM ET
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In today's NFL you either show it right away or it's not going to happen. It's expected that a QB come out of college ready to go..not to hold a clipboard for two years and watch.

Yeah like Aaron Rodgers !!!!

 
December 28, 2012  08:20 PM ET

Can't lay a lot of blame at his feet. The Titans have no offensive line. His best receiver is a pain in the butt to deal with. He played for some talentless teams in college so his stats and development are both screwed up. Locker probably won't be a world beater but he should have sat for two years. they could have used him in emergencies only but they spent a lot of money and wanted a quick return. Titans screwed themselves on this one.

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