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This is really a two-horse race between Jake Locker and Zach Mettenberger, with Locker getting a huge head start over a rookie who figures to be somewhat of a project.
Charlie Whitehurst was brought in to basically be a mentor to Locker as he's had experience playing quarterback under Whisenhunt as recently as last season. A few unfortunate injuries are the only way Whitehurst wins the starting job, and it would be by default.
The Titans have a lot riding on Locker's success or failure in 2014, per Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com.
Early looks at Locker's progress have been positive as he looks to make up for lost time, according to Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean.
Locker has always been a pretty decent practice quarterback, and that will show throughout these early practices to set him apart from the other quarterbacks on the roster. He will look sharp enough to afford himself another opportunity to live up to his selection at eighth overall in the 2011 draft.
The only way I could foresee Mettenberger leaping ahead of Locker on the depth chart is if there is some sort of injury setback on the part of Locker. That would have to be coupled with amazing progress from Mettenberger.
We all know Mettenberger has a cannon for an arm, which will translate well to the NFL. However, he has to prove that he can read NFL defenses before the Titans can risk throwing him out to the wolves against the Chiefs in Week 1.
It won't be an easy task for any of the Titans' quarterbacks against a tough Chiefs defense on the road, but Locker is still the safest bet to be that guy.
Winner: Jake Locker