Ryan Tannehill, Jake Locker named starters for Dolphins, Titans


Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) throws a pass under pressure from Carolina Panthers' Charles Johnson (95) during the first quarter of a Week 2 preseason game. (Nell Redmond/AP)

The Tennessee Titans named 2011 first-rounder Jake Locker (the No. 8 overall pick) their starting quarterback on Monday, and the Miami Dolphins tapped 2012 first-rounder Ryan Tannehill (also selected eighth) as their starter later in the day.

Both beat out veterans — Matt Hasselbeck in Tennessee and Matt Moore in Miami — but both still have much to prove in their remaining preseason snaps.


Jake Locker is officially “the guy” in Nashville. (Brian Blanco/AP)

The rest of the 2011/12 quarterback classes are already entrenched in their starting roles — some more tenuously than others.

This year’s 1-2 duo of Andrew Luck (Colts) and Robert Griffin III (Redskins) were drafted to play immediately for a pair of franchises in desperate need of a new face-of-the-franchise-type QB.

Last year’s top pick, Cam Newton, set all kinds of rookie records for the Panthers while Blaine Gabbert (selected 10th overall) and Christian Ponder (12th) each supplanted opening-day starters.

The Cleveland Browns have already stated their intention to go with second-round pick Brandon Weeden over Colt McCoy as their starter while fellow second-rounder Russell Wilson is in a dead heat with Matt Flynn for the Seattle job.

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