Jake Locker Is on the Clock and Other Must-Read Articles from the AFC South

Nate DunlevyGuest ColumnistSeptember 26, 2012

Locker has already taken a big step forward.
Locker has already taken a big step forward.Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Every week we learn more about Jake Locker.

David Boclair of The City Paper has today's article of the day. In it, he argues that by the end of this year, we should know a lot about whether Locker will make it as a big-time NFL starter.

Obviously, I completely agree with him, as I said the same thing a few months ago.

Patience with young quarterbacks doesn't need to extend out for years. By the end of the second season, we have a pretty good idea what the player will become.

That's great news for Locker, who has strong numbers through three weeks, but awful news for Blaine Gabbert, who has shown little improvement over his disastrous rookie season.

Boclair's piece ties success to winning in a way that I'm uncomfortable with, but the general premise of knowing sooner rather than later on a young signal caller is sound.


General Interest

The Bleacher Report staff posts their Week 4 picks. I had a rough Week 3, but still lead.

Chase Stuart of Football Perspective looks at teams that beat both Super Bowl participants.

Vince Verhei of the Football Outsiders has the weekly Quick Reads column.

Brian Burke of Advanced NFL Stats looks at game winning touchdowns by distance.

Aaron Schatz of the Football Outsiders posts the weekly DVOA ratings and playoff odds.

Scott Kacsmar of Cold Hard Football Facts puts up his weekly comeback column.


Indianapolis Colts

Kyle Rodriguez of Colts Authority says penalties killed the Colts.

Phil Richards of The Indianapolis Star says Darius Butler is eager to join the Colts.


Houston Texans

Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com encourages Arian Foster to take a stand against replacement refs.

Tania Ganguli of The Houston Chronicle reports Joe Mays was fined for his hit on Matt Schaub.

John McClain of The Houston Chronicle won't put the Texans No. 1 yet.


Tennessee Titans

Jimmy Morris of Music City Miracles looks at Nate Washington's circus catch.

John Glennon of The Tennessean asks five questions of Alterraun Verner.

Kuharsky says the safeties must play better.


Jacksonville Jaguars

Alfie Crow of Big Cat Country has an update on Eben Britton.

Ryan O'Halloran of The Florida Times-Union posts snap data from Week 3.