The offense is different. Again.
Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker, however, expects his workload in this year’s training camp to be much the same as those of previous seasons.
“I feel like every year in camp, to this point, you take at least half the reps, especially in these first couple of weeks,” Locker said Friday. “Then it begins to increase from there as we get a little closer to game week. So I expect it to be similar to that.”
Chris Palmer was the offensive coordinator for Locker’s first two training camps and he employed a scheme deeply rooted in run-and-shoot concepts. Dowell Loggains had the job last year and implemented a simplified program that sought to create and take advantage of one-on-one matchups.
In both cases, the quarterback group included a veteran – Matt Hasselbeck then Ryan Fitzpatrick – who had no more experience in the offense than Locker.
Now it is the offense of coach Ken Whisenhunt and coordinator Jason Michael, a scheme Locker’s new backup, Charlie Whitehurst, knows from last season in San Diego.
“We have to get Jake reps,” Whisenhunt said. “We have to get Charlie reps. We have to get two other quarterbacks reps. That’s one of the concerns going in is getting everyone enough reps. One of the things these players have to understand is make them count when you’re in there.
“We have a plan of how we’re going to designate the reps and make sure we feel comfortable with how many Jake’s getting, Charlie’s getting and all of them are getting.”
Theoretically, with Whitehurst’s presence Locker could – and should – get more work than a starter normally would since this is his first year with the offense. In his mind, though, that’s not necessary.
“After OTAs and minicamp I felt really good about where we were and where I was, mentally and physically, in this offense,” Locker said. “I just hope to continue to build on that.”
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