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Know Your Enemy: Tennessee Titans: 5 Questions with Joshua Huffman of Titan Sized

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For tonight’s game against the Tennessee Titans, we did a Q&A with Joshua Huffman, the editor of Titan Sized, our Fansided Titans blog affiliate. 

but don’t let this be the only article you read. They’ve got an outstanding staff with some intriguing pieces up right now, including one on former Titan and current Bengals starting cornerback Adam Jones.

They’ve also got a nice fantasy football breakdown of the best FFB targets from the Bengals and Titans, as well as an article detailing their plans to play their starters for 30 snaps tonight, which means we should see guys like Jake Locker, Chris Johnson and Akeem Ayers for the entire first-half.

Dec 17, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker (10) throws a pass against the New York Jets at LP Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

1. This preseason matchup features two of the highest drafted quarterbacks from the 2011 NFL Draft: Jake Locker (8th) and Andy Dalton (35th). What is the consensus among fans, and even the coaching staff on Locker? Is this a make-or-break year for Locker, or does the lack of receiving threats mean he can afford another  season?

JH: Most fans have kept an optimistic mindset on Jake Locker. Titan Sized conducted a preseason poll that asked readers to give their approval rate of the third-year quarterback. Out of 132 respondents, Locker averaged a 78.1 percent approval rate. 41 of those respondents gave him an approval rate of 100 percent. Here’s the poll (Page 5).

Let’s focus on the second part of your question: Does the lack of receiving threats mean he can afford another subpar season? That’s an observation that many Titans fans would disagree with. If anything, Locker’s receiving threats are a reason why he should perform well—immediately. The Titans have Kenny Britt (2009 first-rounder), Kendall Wright (2012 first-rounder), Justin Hunter (34th pick in 2013 NFL Draft) and Nate Washington.

No more excuses. Locker must stay healthy and take advantage of all the highly drafted talent that’s around him. A run-heavy offensive scheme should help him.