Jake Locker, QB, Titans
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2014 Outlook: Bye Week Fill-inLast updated on Jul-11-2014 by Jeb Gorham
Jake Locker's fourth season is going to be one to watch. His return from Lisfranc surgery has gone very well, and he is actually ahead of schedule. Locker needs to focus on a few key aspects of his game this season to be productive--namely his movement in the pocket and his completion percentage. Locker has a great offensive line and this should help him work to improve; however, another underwhelming season or a string of injuries would force the Titans to find a new QB for the future. The addition of Bishop Sankey from the draft will provide Locker a tough rusher that can help the passing game succeed. Locker is probably best left on the waiver wire until he produces something on the field.
Editor's note: It's hard to imagine a scenario where the Titans decide to keep Locker as their franchise QB after this season. For example, if they don't make the playoffs, how well would Locker need to play in order to be re-signed? The former Washington Huskies star is in a contract year and may be one season away from the end of his career. If that isn't motivation, nothing is.
ESPN's John Clayton is already on record with his expectations for the Broncos' Emmanuel Sanders. Now we've got more predictions coming in just before training camps open. The latest are from The Tennessean's Jim Wyatt, and he covers a handful of Titans.
Wyatt has wide receiver Kendall Wright catching 88 passes for 1,360 yards and eight touchdowns. Wright is the team's best fantasy player, according to Wyatt. He also says Wright's receptions total will drop from 94 to 88 due to more contributions from other players.
Rookie running back Bishop Sankey: 980 rushing yards and five touchdowns to go with 24 receptions for 242 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Wyatt says Sankey will be the Titans' most productive running back, but Dexter McCluster and Shonn Greene "will cut into his stats."
Tight end Delanie Walker: 62 catches, 646 yards, five touchdowns. Those numbers are similar to the ones Wyatt hinted at last week.
Wide receiver Justin Hunter: 44 catches, 690 yards, seven touchdowns. "He will have some monster weeks, and some quiet ones," Wyatt said.
The Wright prediction really jumps out at you. Only seven WRs had more than 1,360 yards last season, and Wright is seen as a top-notch possession receiver more than a big-play deep threat, like many in that group. Those catch and yardage totals compute out to a 15.45 yards-per-catch average. Wright put up a similar average as a senior in college, but that came in Baylor's version of the run and shoot offense. And his QB then was Robert Griffin III, not Jake Locker.
For these predictions to hit their mark, Locker needs to make a big improvement, one that I am skeptical he can actually make. And really, the Titans should employ a run-first offense. That's why Sankey is worth being an RB2. I predict he will end up with more than seven touchdowns as Greene is unable to stay healthy.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors7/21 - Titans beat writer makes his fantasy predictions for WR Kendall Wright, RB Bishop Sankey, etc.
7/16 - Titans WR Justin Hunter gets compared to Randy Moss
7/1 - Titans TE Delanie Walker looking to catch 80 passes this season
6/30 - Titans grooming QB Jake Locker to be a pocket passer
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2013 Mock Draft Results
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #2
July 2nd 2013
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