Tuesday, August 27, 2013
QB preseason snaps: Locker ranks second
By Paul Kuharsky
Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill has played in four preseason games.
Per Mike Sando of the NFC West blog, Tannehill leads all presumptive NFL starting quarterback with 103 snaps, 10 of them coming in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio.
No. 2 on the list is Jake Locker of the Tennessee Titans, who’s steadily improved in the preseason during his 97 snaps.
Locker played 26 snaps in a loss to Washington, 35 in a loss at Cincinnati and 36 in Saturday’s win over Atlanta.
The Titans and Locker are feeling good about where he stands now.
I’m part of The Midday 180 on Nashville radio, and we chatted with Locker on Monday.
The rest of the top of the list isn’t loaded with youngsters, as we’d probably expect.
Joe Flacco, who just one a Super Bowl, is third. Peyton Manning, settling into Year 2 in Denver is fourth.
Brandon Weeden of the Browns is next, and he does need the time, thought he’s not young for a second-year guy. Tom Brady is sixth.
Mike Munchak has said Titans third-stringer Rusty Smith will get the most playing time Thursday night in Minnesota. Locker’s hardly the only starter who won’t see a lot of time. Some won’t play at all.
Locker will finish near the top of this list. The question is whether or not his first full preseason as the Titans starting quarterback will pay dividends on opening day Sept. 8 in Pittsburgh.