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February 20, 2014 at 9:29 AM

Morning links: Titans stand behind Jake Locker

Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker (10) works before the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/John Russell)

Titans quarterback Jake Locker. (AP Photo/John Russell)

The Tennessee Titans and new coach Ken Whisenhunt are hopeful that quarterback Jake Locker will be ready for OTA workouts this spring, and the team president said Locker is “absolutely” in the Titans’ plans for 2014.

Locker, the eighth overall pick out of Washington in the 2011 NFL Draft, is recovering from surgery on a foot injury that forced him to miss much of the 2013 season, putting his future with the team in question.

“From what I’ve seen, Jake exhibits a lot of qualities that you can get excited about,” Whisenhunt said during the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis today, according to the Houston Chronicle. “One of the strengths that we’ve done is trying to fit what we do that fits to the player. Until we get on the field with Jake and see some of the things that he can do, you don’t know which direction it’s going to go. But I’m excited about what I’ve seen, as far as the (potential) he’s exhibited and the arrow is definitely going up.”

Team President Tommy Smith told The Tennessean that Locker will be given every chance to remain the starter entering 2014.

“Absolutely. I do like Jake … and I think Ken is going to be very good for Jake,” Smith said. “Jake is a competitor. He is a smart guy. I think he has the ability. He is the quarterback. That’s what I have told him every time I see him. And that’s the way it is.”

Locker has thrown 22 touchdowns with 15 interceptions in 23 career games for the Titans, who have to decide by May whether to pick up a $13 million for 2015 on Locker’s contract.

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