Jake Locker's health is again a topic for the Tennessee Titans.
Locker missed the final seven games of last season because of a Lisfranc injury in Week 10 against Jacksonville. He missed two games earlier in the season because of a sprained right hip and knee. Locker has played just 18 of 32 games over 2012-13.
The Titans are hopeful Locker will be ready for OTAs. Not only is Tennessee trying to work Locker back in, but it will be doing so with a new coach in Ken Whisenhunt.
"From what I’ve seen, Jake exhibits a lot of qualities you can get excited about," Whisenhunt said. "One of the strengths that we’ve done is trying to tailor what we do to the strengths of the player. With Jake and seeing some of the things he can do, we don’t know what direction it is going to go. From what I’ve seen, those qualities that he’s exhibited, the arrow is definitely going up."
Everyone from Titans' CEO Tommy Smith -- who strongly backed Locker to The Tennessean -- to general manager Ruston Webster has endorsed Locker, who is in the final year of his contract after being selected eighth overall out of Washington in 2011.
"The only thing we can really evaluate for us with Jake is how he’s been in practice when he’s been healthy and how he’s played when he’s been healthy, and he’s played well," Webster said. "From that standpoint, the view we have is good. It’s really just about him staying healthy and he knows that.
"I think Jake is (Whisenhunt's) kind of guy from the standpoint of his work ethic, how he attacks the game from a mental standpoint. Jake is going to be around the office all the time watching film and trying to get better and I think that’s one thing coach Whisenhunt wants."