Jake Locker: “Not the End of the World” if I Don’t Win Starting Job

June 20, 2012 – 5:45 am by Brad Gagnon

Jake Locker was a bit of a surprise pick at No. 8 in last year’s draft, but the former Washington quarterback showed flashes in relief of veteran Matt Hasselbeck during his rookie season. This year, the majority of Nashville is surely pulling for Locker to win the job outright in the summertime, but he’ll again have to try to fend off Hasselbeck.

Jake Locker joined Mitch in the Morning on KJR in his hometown of Seattle to discuss his competition with Matt Hasselbeck and provide an injury update regarding top receiver Kenny Britt.

On Kenny Britt’s recovery from knee surgery:

“He’s doing well. He’s around the facility and, you know, he’s still so young and he’s physically such a freak that he’ll come back and I expect him to make a full comeback and be that game-changer that he is.”

On the competition with Matt Hasselbeck:

“This sport, it’s built on competition. So for me, I’m not approaching it any different than I did last year, and just excited about the opportunity.”

On if he’ll be OK with having to be the backup again if he loses to Hasselbeck:

“My goal is to start for sure, but it’s not the end of the world if that happens. I mean, Matt’s played 13 years for a reason. He’s a professional and he knows what he’s doing and I still get the opportunity to work with him, play with him, learn from him. So no, all’s not lost if I don’t get the opportunity to start, but just continuing to work towards that goal.”

Listen to Jake Locker on KJR here

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