Titans WR Justin Hunter let us in on a little secret the other day.
Asked about the difference between the Titans' new offense and the one they ran last year, Hunter said: "We're throwing it downfield a little more."
A couple of thoughts:
Maybe the Titans plan to throw the ball downfield with greater regularity because that's HC Ken Whisenhunt's philosophy.
Or maybe they'll throw downfield more because Hunter, now a second-year pro, gives them another serious playmaking option in the passing game.
Most likely, it's a combination of the two. The offense is evolving. Hunter is developing. It's a good match.
Whisenhunt's preference for three-wide receiver formations (that was the primary alignment in San Diego last season when Whisenhunt was offensive coordinator), Hunter should be on the field with Wright and Nate Washington a majority of the time.
As a rookie, Hunter checked in with the #18 FP/T (1.41), which is encouraging. He only played 36% of the team’s snaps, while Washington played 82%. The good news is that under then-OC Ken Whisenhunt, Keenan Allen, Vincent Brown and Eddie Royal all played at least 67% of the Chargers’ snaps. So with Whiz calling the plays in Tennessee, there may be room for both Washington and Hunter in the lineup.