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Hasselbeck watches, Locker works early for Titans

By Teresa M. Walker

Associated Press

Published: Saturday, July 30 2011 2:15 p.m. MDT

Tennessee Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck answers questions during a news conference, Friday, July 29, 2011, in Nashville, Tenn. The Titans begin NFL football training camp Saturday. Hasselbeck, formerly with the Seattle Seahawks, signed with the Titans Friday.

Mark Humphrey, Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Rookie Jake Locker has a head start on veteran Matt Hasselbeck with the Tennessee Titans, and the quarterback plans to make the best of his advantage.

Hasselbeck has signed his three-year deal. But veterans like Hasselbeck are stuck watching until Thursday under the new labor deal. That's giving extra work to Locker, Rusty Smith and Brett Ratliff as the Titans hit the field for the first time Saturday.

The veteran says waiting won't be easy, but Hasselbeck says he has enough work to stay busy until he can take his first snap.

Locker is the eighth pick overall, and he was the first player into the building Tuesday when the lockout was lifted. Locker says he would be doing a disservice to Hasselbeck by not pushing the veteran and give himself every chance to play.

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