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Tennessee Titans' Jake Locker ahead of rehab schedule

Jake Locker is closer to being ready for what he admitted was a make-or-break season.

The Tennessee Titans quarterback told reporters Monday his rehab from Lisfranc surgery is ahead of schedule and he is shooting to be ready for organized team activities, which start in May.

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Locker attended Monday's first voluntary session of Phase 1 offseason workouts. He told reporters he won't take drops from under center but hopes to do some stand-still throwing to his receivers. More importantly, he needed to be in the meetings to learn Ken Whisenhunt's new offense.

The coach told reporters that the two-week jump-start his team got is vital because the team is way behind in learning the new schemes.

It especially is critical for Locker, who is entering the final season of his rookie contract after the Titans decided not to pick up his $13 million, fifth-year option.

Locker clearly is the best quarterback on the roster, but he must prove to the new staff that not only he can stay healthy, but also display improvements from the pocket -- especially with his accuracy.

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