Nate Washington: Jake Locker similar to young Roethlisberger

Nate Washington sees similarities between Jake Locker and a young Ben Roethlisberger. (USATSI)
Nate Washington sees similarities between Jake Locker and a young Ben Roethlisberger. (USATSI)

If Nate Washington's right, Titans quarterback Jake Locker could have a bright future in front of him. Washington, the former Steelers receiver who spent four seasons (2005-08) in Pittsburgh playing with Ben Roethlisbeger, sees similarities between Locker and a young Big Ben. 

"I was there in Ben's second year, and right away you kind of understood that even in his second year, he was gonna be a good quarterback, a guy that could make plays," Washington said via "That's the same thing with Jake. He's a guy who can make plays. I tell everybody all the time, this is football, and it's a gladiator sport, but it's not a dumb man's sport."

It's hefty praise, especially considering Roethlisberger already had a Super Bowl title and two AFC Championship Game appearances under his belt after only two seasons in the league. Locker has all of four wins after two years. 

Washington and Locker have been teammates since Locker's rookie year in 2011, and Washington said he can see that Locker's understanding of the game has grown. 

"He has a lot to worry about and a lot on his shoulders," Washington said. "But he's grown with his thoughts, and he's grown with his mentality toward the game and understanding a lot, and we just have to make sure we do what we can to help him out."

Titans fans won't have to wait long to do their own comparison of Locker and Roethlisberger. Tennessee's season opener this year is at Pittsburgh. 

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