After trading up to land Justin Hunter in last year’s NFL Draft, the Tennessee Titans are expecting big things from the 6’4″ receiver.
As a rookie, Hunter recorded 18 catches for 354 yards. Those numbers don’t do justice to what the little-used receiver was able to do last season.
His first NFL reception was a 34-yard game-winning touchdown to beat the San Diego Chargers in Week 2. He had two 100-yard games toward the end of the year and caught four total touchdowns.
Hunter was used primarily as a deep threat under head coach Mike Munchak, but playing for Ken Whisenhunt should make a difference in the creativity the offense uses.
And as OTAs wrapped up, Hunter’s quarterback, Jake Locker, believes the former can develop into a serious threat in the passing game, via Associated Press writer Teresa Walker.
”Every practice you can see him grow a little bit,” quarterback Jake Locker said Tuesday. ”There’s still some times where he needs to hold himself to a higher standard because he’s that good of a football player. Continue to let him know that, talk to him about that, I believe he’ll continue to get better and better and be a dangerous player in this league.”
Fellow receiver Nate Washington added:
”His confidence is growing. Confidence is a danger in this league. You get a guy with some confidence, the sky’s the limit. Right now we’re just trying to make sure that he understands what he could possibly be in this league. It’s not just making sure he’s doing everything he can do, but going above and beyond.”
With no Kenny Britt in front of him, Hunter will have an opportunity to show his skills as third receiver early on. He could very well move ahead of Washington, who is the last year of his contract, to form a dynamic one-two punch with Kendall Wright.