Is Jake Locker Running Out of Time with Tennessee Titans?

Thomas GaliciaFeatured Columnist IVDecember 18, 2012

NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 17:  Quarterback Jake Locker #10 of the Tennessee Titans throws a pass against the New York Jets at LP Field on December 17, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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In 2011, the Tennessee Titans needed a quarterback after releasing the mercurial Vince Young. They decided to draft Jake Locker with the eighth overall pick as the eventual replacement.

Since being drafted, Locker has played in 13 games for the Titans, starting eight of them and going 2-6 in his young career.

But despite the brevity of his career thus far, is it possible that he's running out of time as Tennessee's starter?

Locker has shown plenty of potential with the Titans. He's an athletic quarterback who has 312 yards and two touchdowns on 40 attempts and uses his feet to extend plays longer than they should be. For his career, he's thrown for 2,277 yards, 13 touchdowns and nine interceptions for a passer rating of 87.5.

Those are all pretty decent numbers for a quarterback that has only played in 13 games and started eight of them. But his accuracy does leave much to be desired.

Locker has a tendency to overthrow his receivers, which was seen on Monday Night Football against the New York Jets. For his career, Locker has completed 57.6 percent of his passes, yet the majority of them seem to be shorter passes.

Injuries have played a part in this, though. For most of the season, Locker has been nursing a left shoulder injury. While it is his non-throwing shoulder, it still affects how he throws the ball, as he hasn't looked as comfortable when passing since coming back from the injury he sustained in Week 1.

Locker hasn't had much of a chance to gain a chemistry with Tennessee's receivers either. The Titans do have a pretty good receiving corps, but time is needed in order for the parts to mesh.

Despite what the title might indicate, Locker shouldn't be running out of time with the Titans. Part of what would make this job such an attractive one is the promise that Tennessee has with Locker under center and the parts around him on offense. With a good offensive line and an improved defense, Locker can lead the Titans back to being contenders.

Locker's time isn't running out—it's only beginning.