Locker sees opportunity for improvement over last season — even when things were good

Jake Locker believes that even when he was at his best last season things could have been better.

The Tennessee Titans quarterback said Monday that he has spent time this offseason analyzing his abbreviated 2013 performance. He started the first four games and seven overall before a foot injury ended his season in mid-November. Along the way he missed time with hip and knee injuries as well.

Upon reflection, he particularly liked the start of the season, when the offense did not commit a turnover and the team opened 3-1.

“Obviously when we started off not turning the football over, [that] played a huge factor in how we were able to start the season at what you probably could easily argue should have been 4-0,” he said. “So that’s something that is appealing and is the most telling stat in football for a reason. To continue doing that and continue building on that, I think, is important.”

He finished the season with a career-best 60.7 completion percentage, which was up from 56.4 the previous year. In that regard, though, he saw both the possibility and the need for improvement.

He was one of 39 quarterbacks who attempted more than 175 passes last season. Of them, 26 connected on more than 60 percent of their throws and 18 had a better completion rate.

“[There are] some fundamental things that will allow me to even improve accuracy and completion percentage a little bit more,” he said.

That work will have to wait, though.

Titans players began the conditioning phase of the offseason program Monday. Rules allow for him to throw to wide receivers without the supervision of coaches but his recovery from foot surgery is only at the point that he can throw from a stationary position.

In that regard, though, things could not be much better.

“I’m doing great,” Locker said. “I would say [I’m] probably a little ahead of schedule for where we thought at this point. The foot is feeling really good and responding to all the treatment we’ve done and kind of, as we’ve increased it week-to-week it hasn’t added to soreness or any pain. So things are going really well.”