Mark Humphrey/Associated Press
Patience has to be wearing as thin as possible with Jake Locker right now. No matter how much potential he may have, he offers zero value if he can't stay healthy.
As of now, Locker is still the team's starter for Week 1, but odds aren't good that Locker makes it through 16 games, per Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com.
The Titans didn't pick up Locker's option for 2015, meaning that they're not married to him as the future. However, Locker still gives the Titans a better chance to win over the other options.
Locker played well to start the 2013 season before getting injured, and the Titans were sitting pretty at 3-1. The most encouraging stat through his first four games of last season was zero interceptions. It shows that Locker is learning how to manage games effectively.
The rest is history, but you can't dismiss the chances of that happening again.
Playing under the more offensive-minded Ken Whisenhunt will also greatly benefit Locker's progress.
Craig Peters of the Titans' official website reported that Locker is already competing with the offense's other starters at OTAs.
This is a make-or-break year for Locker, and his leash will be relatively short over the first half of the season. There's nothing that can happen before the season opener, other than another injury, that will force Locker out of his starting role.