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Even though Locker isn't technically a rookie, it's still fair to consider him one this season.
Big mistakes like the fumble inside his own 5-yard line was a prime example of some of the growing pains that Locker is going to suffer this season.
It didn't help that there was no run game to speak of, which led to Locker trying to force things that weren't there.
Locker simply can't do that against the Chargers. He has to be able to stick to the game plan and not try to make up double-digit deficits in one play.
As stated earlier, the return of Kenny Britt should help Locker out, knowing he has a big target to throw to.
It's also important that Locker doesn't fall too in love with his cannon for an arm. There's nothing wrong with throwing a little finesse into the equation every now and then.
The throw that Nate Washington was injured on was a throw that Locker probably could have taken a little off of. His cannon forced Washington to go up high for the ball, which in turn left him vulnerable to a nasty hit.
Overall, Locker played well against the Patriots, but avoiding the big mistakes should keep this game close to the end for the Titans.