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Friday, July 29, 2011
Minus practices, Hasselbeck will stay busy

By Paul Kuharsky

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Matt Hasselbeck can’t participate in any physical activity at Titans headquarters until Thursday. The way the Titans read the rules, that means even his conditioning will take place off the premises.

Matt Hasselbeck
Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck answers questions Friday during a news conference after signing with the team.
That’s OK, Hasselbeck said as he was introduced as the team’s big free-agent acquisition.

“It’s a little tough,” Hasselbeck said. “But I’ve got enough to do in terms of getting to work. I’ll be busy no matter what.”

In the meantime, Jake Locker will take the lead in workouts that start Saturday with the veteran merely watching.

Earlier Saturday, Hasselbeck will try on a helmet and shoulder pads, getting sized and feeling like it’s his first day in school.

He said the offensive line was a huge draw as he considered his options, joking that he fielded interest from the other 31 teams, too, and that the Patriots made an especially strong push.

Part of Hasselbeck’s job now is to set an example for Locker, the team’s first-round pick and someone he already knows some.

“The best way to teach is to do your job with excellence each and every day,” he said. “And I am sure there are things I can learn from him.”

Locker said his feeling is much like the one fellow first-rounder Christian Ponder expressed in Minnesota after the Vikings added Donovan McNabb.

“You want to play,” Locker said. “I have the same stance. I respect Matt. He has had a great career, he has been very successful. I’d be doing him a disservice if I am not pushing him and trying to win that starting job.”