Locker once again shows the value of fancy footwork

Jake Locker answered some questions about his arm Sunday when he completed seven passes on the 94-yard game-winning touchdown drive against San Diego.

The Tennessee Titans quarterback also reaffirmed the value of his feet, though.

Locker ran for a career-high 68 yards on five carries in the 20-17 victory over the San Diego Chargers. That was second on the Titans to Chris Johnson (90 yards on 19 carries) but more than any San Diego player.

His first carry was a scramble that went for 39 yards – also a career-high – and got the offense across midfield for the first time, with just over a minute to play in the first quarter. That possession ended with Tennessee’s first points, a 20-yard Rob Bironas field goal.

“We kind of had a few drives stall out on us, and to be able to flip the field and get the crowd back into it and get some excitement on offense I was excited about that,” Locker said.

He later scored his team’s first touchdown on a seven-yard run and scrambled for 10 yards and third-down conversion in the third quarter.

“Actually the touchdown was the only called run we had in the gameplan,” he said. “The other ones were just me seeing a lane and took it or not liking what I saw down field and had an opportunity to get out of the pocket and make some plays with my legs.”

Locker’s career record as a starter is now 6-8. In four of those victories, including Sunday’s, he has rushed for 35 yards or more. In fact, when he hits that number – always with at least four rushes – he has a winning record (4-2).

A look at Locker’s best rushing performances and how the Titans fared in those games:

68 yards (five carries), Sept. 22, 2013 vs. San Diego, W 20-17
51 yards (four carries), Dec. 9, 2012 at Indianapolis, L
43 yards (seven carries), Dec. 17, 2012 vs. New York Jets, W
38 yards (four carries), Dec. 2, 2012 vs. Houston, L
36 yards (four carries), Nov. 11, 2012 at Miami, W
36 yards (six carries), Dec. 11, 2011 vs. New Orleans L
35 yards (four carries), Sept. 23, 2012 vs. Detroit, W 44-41 (OT)