Locker learning but not winning like other rookies

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 5, 2012 at 6:46 pm •  Published: December 5, 2012
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"From the pocket is where you thought you were going to have to develop him," Arians said. "I think that's still a natural thing for him to get out and make plays, whether it be running or on the run and throwing. He's still learning to develop everything within the pocket and getting to the second, third and fourth guy."

Locker ranks 17th among AFC quarterbacks in both attempts (212) and completions (120). He's completing 56.6 percent of his passes for 1,473 yards and a 77 passer rating. He has thrown for more than 300 yards twice this season, first in rallying the Titans to an overtime win over Detroit on Sept. 23 and in the loss to Houston.

Titans receiver Nate Washington said Locker is everything they expected and are satisfied with what he's giving them.

"With all the hype that's been coming in with young quarterbacks, I think people aren't touching on there's still more to learn," Washington said. "Everybody who comes in this league, there's more to learn about this game so that's going to happen with everybody. He's doing what we're asking of him. Could he be doing better? Yeah. But he could be doing a lot worse."

Locker also has his teammates' respect. After Houston linebacker Tim Dobbins intercepted a tipped pass, Locker tackled him, knocking him up into the air for his second tackle this season. Locker later stood up for center Fernando Velasco after what the Titans called a "cheap shot" from Houston defensive lineman Antonio Smith late in the game.

"That's why we love Jake," Velasco said. "Jake's a great guy. He's a warrior. He's a fighter. He's got a lot of heart. I appreciate him going to bat for me."

Notes: LT Michael Roos did not practice with a sore right knee. Munchak said he went through the walk-through portion and could practice Friday. The Titans placed LG Steve Hutchinson on injured reserve Wednesday after claiming G Mitch Petrus off waivers from New England. ... LB Colin McCarthy (concussion) returned to practice after missing the Houston game. ... WR Damian Williams (hamstring) did not practice and likely will miss Sunday's game. DE Kamerion Wimbley (toe) did not practice.

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