Locker still in thick of Titans' QB battle

Jake Locker's performance against Tampa Bay Friday night was not what the Tennessee Titans wanted to see from him in his first preseason start.

He was just 4 of 11 for 21 yards and had one pass picked off on an overthrow. But Titans coach Mike Munchak on Saturday cautioned against thinking that Locker has fallen off the pace in his race with Matt Hasselbeck for the starting quarterback position.

“I wouldn't say he hurt his chances at all. Would you rather it been a different outcome? Both quarterbacks, I wish there were different last night,” Munchak said via TitanInsider.com. “Matt didn't get much of a chance; I think he had like 15 snaps or something. But both games, I think we haven't moved the ball the way we hoped we would.”

There is the possibility that Locker will start again Thursday night against the Arizona Cardinals, although he would not say whether Locker or Matt Hasselbeck would get the call. He did say he needs to see more of Locker in order to make a determination on the starter.

“It's hard to judge. That's the hard part about this process, like we said at the beginning. It's hard to judge based on 20 snaps,” Munchak said. “You have to be able to project, go on the whole on everything, not just what you see, or what people see on 20 snaps in a preseason game. We've got to get him to play more plays so we can see more.”

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Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com

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