Mike Garofalo reports on Twitter that NFL free agent Jake Locker has decided to retire. Locker was drafted eighth overall in 2011 by the Tennessee Titans. (Source: Twitter.com)
Fantasy Impact: Many will be shocked to hear the news of Locker's retirement at the age of 26. He was set to be one of the top free agent options at the QB position this off-season. Locker finishes his career playing in just 30 games, passing for 4,967 yards with 27 touchdowns and 22 interceptions. In his statement, Locker sites the lack of desire to play football as the reason for his unexpected retirement. His career was derailed with injuries, which could be another explanation for this outcome.
From his sources around the league, John Clayton has heard that Jake Locker prefers to stay in Tennessee, despite the fact that he'll more than likely be a backup there. (Source: John Clayton via 710am ESPN Seattle)
Fantasy Impact: Clayton theorizes that Lockers horrid injury luck has taken a bit of his passion for the game away, which is a shame due to the fact that he's still a talented (but inconsistent) player. For fantasy purposes, Locker would be very interesting after being stashed away for few years under a QB guru such as Sean Payton, Mike McCartthy, or Jason Garrett. Locker remains interesting in fantasy, but he's irrelevant for the moment.
Tennessean.com writer Jim Wyatt reports QB Jake Locker was placed on season ending IR Monday with a separated shoulder. He finished 6-of-11 for 56 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions before he suffered the injury against the Jets. Tennessee signed QB Jordan Palmer to replace Locker on the roster.
Fantasy Impact: Unfortunately it was a fitting end to Locker's season and likely career with the Titans. He has been riddled with injuries since he was drafted eighth overall in 2010. Locker started the season with high hopes when the Titans hired offensive minded head coach Ken Whisenhunt, but it turned out to be a huge disappointment for both he and Whisenhunt. Locker will attempt to comeback next season, likely with a new team through free agency.
QB Jake Locker was forced into action after starting QB Zach Mettenberger suffered a shoulder injury. He finished 6-of-12 passing for 91 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions in a 45-21 loss to the Texans.
Fantasy Impact: Locker's first pass attempt coming off the bench was intercepted, and he was unable to lead the Titans on the improbable comeback in Houston. He was also unable to make a case for reclaiming the starting job from Zach Mettenberger. Locker isn't a fantasy option at QB, even if Mettenberger is out of the lineup next week against the Giants.
Though expected back from injury this week, Locker will not start this weekend against the Texans. The Titans have also declined Locker's 5th year option and he is set to be a free agent at the end of the season. (Source: NFL.com)
Fantasy Impact: It appears to be the end of the line for Jake Locker in Tennessee. The Titans quarterbacks are a mess and are best avoided.
QB Jake Locker connected on 8 of 11 passes for 79 yards with a touchdown and he added a rushing touchdown with 34 rushing yards on four carries. He was knocked out of the game in the 2nd quarter after a sack injured his throwing hand. He missed last week's game against the Colts after suffering an injury to his wrist.
Fantasy Impact: Locker looked impressive before he was forced from the game against the Browns. Locker is no stranger to injuries. In fact, his hot starts are all-too-often cut short due to injury. Keep an eye on Locker's injury status as next Sunday's game draws closer. Locker could be considered a solid spot start against the lowly Jaguars if your fantasy team is struggling to find a QB.
Tennessean.com writer Jim Wyatt reports QB Jake Locker has been diagnosed with a wrist strain. His MRI didn't reveal any structural damage, but his status for Sunday's game against the Colts is still in question. QB Charlie Whitehurst would get the start should Locker be unable to play. (Source: Tennessean.com)
Fantasy Impact: Jake Locker has been riddled with injuries since he was drafted by the Titans 8th overall in 2011. Healthy or not, Locker hasn't shown the consistency to be a reliable fantasy QB. He is no longer worth a roster spot on any fantasy team. Waiver wire QBs Kirk Cousins, Blake Bortles, and Teddy Bridgewater have more upside than Locker.
QB Jake Locker threw for 185 yards and two interceptions in a 33-7 loss against the Bengals. He was unable to score a touchdown, and it was his second consecutive game with two picks.
Fantasy Impact: Locker hasn't improved in Whisenhunt's offense like fantasy owner hoped he would after playing great in the season opener. In fact, it looks as though he is quickly regressing, and may not be starting much longer if he continues perform poorly. It's best to seek other options if Locker is on your fantasy team.
QB Jake Locker struggled badly in the first half of Sunday's contest against the Cowboys. He played better in the second half, but it wasn't enough to lead a comeback, as the Titans lose their home opener 26-10. Locker completed 18 of his 34 passes for 234 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.
Fantasy Impact: Locker displayed more of the accuracy isses he has struggled with throughout his NFL career. It was a particularly disappointing performance because he played so well against in Kansas City last week. Yet, this is the type of inconsistency fantasy owners have come to expect from Locker. He failed to prove he could become a valuable fantasy QB on Sunday, but it doesn't mean he won't have good performances this season. It only means you probably won't be able to predict when he will play well. He isn't reliable enough to start for your fantasy team. Even if he has enticing matchups.
Jake Locker had a great season opener in Kansas City, completing 22 of his 33 passes for 266 yards and 2 touchdowns. Locker had zero turnovers while also rushing for 14 yards.
Fantasy Impact: This is exactly what fantasy owners wanted to see from Locker in Ken Whisenhunt's system. He looked crisp and accurate throwing the ball from the pocket, and he didn't take any unnecessary hits when he scrambled. It's obvious Locker also has playmakers to deliver the ball to with Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter showing improvement. Locker could be a potential fantasy starter next week against the Cowboys lackluster defense at home.
Jake Locker started the Titans' first preseason game vs. the Packers on Saturday night at LP Field. He was replaced by Charlie Whitehurst after a first quarter in which Locker went 1 of 2 for 5 yards.
Fantasy Impact: It was a bit surprising to see Locker trotting out for another drive near the end of the first quarter, given the conditions at LP Field during a heavy rainstorm. Locker was able to escape the game unscathed, although the Titans weren't able to do much on offense with him at the helm.
Jake Locker appears to be recovering well from his Lisfranc surgery, having participated in all OTA's this offseason, along with the team's minicamp in June. This will be the third OC Locker's played for in four years, but Locker says "I feel very comfortable with where we are." (Source: The Tennessean)
Fantasy Impact: Entering his contract year, this is really a make or break year for Locker. He'll need to learn Jason Michael's system very quickly to fall under Ken Whisenhunt's good graces. Otherwise, this might be the last year that we see Jake Locker as a starter in the NFL.