The Titans hope to tap into a new run threat. It is not the running backs.
Look at Locker.
Several athletic quarterbacks have made teams like Carolina, Washington and Seattle very difficult to defend.
The Titans loved Locker for both his arm and his legs coming out as the No. 8 pick overall in 2011. He got hurt in the season opener a year ago and ran only 41 times for 291 yards in 2012. Still, he averaged 7.1 yards per carry when he took off.
“He hasn’t really had time to show what he can really do, and I feel like this year he will,” Chris Johnson said of Locker.
“I’m really impressed by his mobility, his accuracy on the move that he has displayed in the preseason,” Tomlin said of Locker. “We have some concerns about containing him. Obviously, when you watch those plays both in the preseason and late last year, his mobility and his escapability is a part of that they do both by design and by ad lib. That is something you have to be concerned about if you are around defense.”
The Titans didn’t show much this preseason with Locker. He ran only seven times for 35 yards.
No one should expect for the Titans to insert running plays for Locker. In fact, the Titans coaches hope he does not have to run often.
Locker will make his 12th start for the Titans. He said he’s always looking for opportunities to run, especially if his receivers are covered down field. What to look for? At least run for 3 or 4 yards because his ability to scramble is an asset.
“You’ve got to use it when you have the opportunity to,” Locker said.