Former University of Washington star Jake Locker will get his first start of the exhibition season Friday night against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Coach Mike Munchak made the announcement after Monday’s practice that the No. 8 overall pick in 2011 would start after former Seahawks star Matt Hasselbeck started Saturday night’s 27-17 loss in Seattle.
The plan calls for both quarterbacks to play longer than they did in the opener, with Locker going about 20 to 25 plays.
“You want to give them enough to where you can get some drives going. You hope you’re out there longer. You want to get them in the 20s as far as plays,” Munchak said. “It’s a position he hasn’t been in yet. Obviously we started Matt last week and we’ll do the opposite this weekend.”
Locker played one series off the bench with the first team against the Seahawks. He was 7-for-13 for 80 yards and no interceptions or touchdowns in the loss at Seattle.
“We kind of want to see him with some of the other players for a longer period of time,” Munchak said.
Louisiana State Police investigators have found no evidence that the Saints or general manager Mickey Loomis rigged Superdome wiring so opposing coaches’ radio communications could be intercepted.
Police investigators have been working in conjunction with the FBI since the eavesdropping allegations surfaced in news reports in April.
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