NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Tennessee Titans have picked Jake Locker as their starter over veteran Matt Hasselbeck, choosing to wait no further to play the quarterback they drafted in 2011 for their future.
Coach Mike Munchak announced the decision after practice Monday, saying Locker's time is now in giving the Titans their best chance to win the AFC South.
The Titans had let the quarterbacks compete through the offseason with each starting a game each this preseason. Munchak says Hasselbeck was way ahead of Locker last season. But Locker caught up and won the job with his ability to move the team and score points.
Locker was the the eighth pick overall in 2011. He will play 40 to 50 snaps Thursday night against Arizona with three weeks to prep for the opener Sept. 9 against New England.