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For the past three years, Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker has been riding an NFL roller coaster. He rode the bench for the majority of his rookie season, struggled as a starter for much of his sophomore year, finally began to get into a groove in his third year and then a foot injury ended his season in November.
Now, an entirely new coaching staff is in place—one that obviously has no particular attachment to Locker.
“I haven’t studied him as much as I need to,” new head coach Ken Whisenhunt said of Locker recently, according to Peter King of Sports Illustrated. “I have seen good, and I have seen bad. No question he has ability, and I have heard good things about him. The question is, can he harness the ability, and can he be consistent?”
If Locker can impress Whisenhunt on tape in the next few months, he and his staff might be confident enough to give him one last shot in 2014. After all, the kid was a first-round pick only three years ago, and he's due only $2.1 million next season.
But he'd be playing for his future as a starter, especially when you consider that, according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport and Mike Silver, his option for the 2015 season is worth $13 million.