As we count down the days to training camp, Around the League will examine one player from every team set for a breakout campaign in 2012. Up next: the Tennessee Titans.
Hasselbeck represents safety -- your classic "game manager" who has a ton of NFL experience. He is neither overrated or underrated. He's just ... well ... Matt Hasselbeck.
The veteran's steadfast nature is what makes him an attractive option for head coaches who pray for consistency from a signal-caller.
But then there's Jake Locker. If Hasselbeck represents experience and a steady hand, Locker is youth and promise. An undeniable talent selected eighth overall in the 2011 draft, Locker already has spent a year behind a good teammate in Hasselbeck, learning the game at the pro level while getting some field time in the second half.
Titans coach Mike Munchak has described an open competition during training camp, though many media members close to the team expect Hasselbeck to retain the job. Locker himself appears to be mentally prepared for that reality, recently telling a radio station that remaining the backup "wouldn't be the end of the world."
Of course, Locker's performance during training camp and in the preseason could easily sway the team's thinking. If that happens, we predict the Titans would end up being happy with their decision.