Nate Washington Fantasy News
Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 6:11pm
Tennessee's players and coaches are won over, with receivers aide Shawn Jefferson talking up Justin Hunter as the one who could carry the Titans into the playoffs, while fellow wideout Michael Preston turned heads this offseason by calling Hunter a young Randy Moss -- a claim he didn't back away from Monday.
"I know how great a player Randy Moss was, and in my mind, there's no reason Justin can't be the next greatest player," Preston told Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean. "... I just want to be there to support him. I know he's going to grow, make a great leap this year, and impress the city and fans with his talent."
With Kenny Britt out of the way, Hunter owns a legitimate chance to make an impact come September. NFL Films guru Greg Cosell called him "the most intriguing" and "physically talented" wideout in last year's draft -- and his game tape is speckled with flashes of brilliance -- but comparisons to a rock-solid future Hall of Famer are wildly premature.
As a rookie, Hunter checked in with the #18 FP/T (1.41), which is encouraging, especially if he’s able to beat out Nate Washington and get on the field as more than a just a passing-down specialist. 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.
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Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 9:17am
He's been called a journeyman and a survivor.
Hagan didn't play in 2013 after the Buccaneers released him following training camp. He continued to train, but wondered whether he'd get another shot. Then the Titans, who saw a couple of their undrafted wideouts go down with injuries, asked him to town for a workout. They signed him to a one-year deal.
Is it realistic to think Hagan could make the roster? Anyone who watched the 6-foot-2, 210-pounder participate in minicamp last month saw that he definitely looked the part.
"You can just tell he knows what he is doing," cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson said. "He knows how to get open and things like that. He really impressed me right off the bat."
According to the story, one thing working in Hagan's favor is there are no locks to make the Titans roster after Nate Washington, Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter. Michael Preston and Marc Mariani are considered next in line, while another journeyman, Brian Robiskie, also is trying to continue his career. Hagan is a ways away from being fantasy relevant, however.
Saturday, June 28, 2014, 2:16pm
But who will take the role as the fourth receiver when the season opens at Kansas City on Sept. 7?
Michael Preston, second-year pro, has taken every opportunity to stand out to the coaches, especially wide receivers coach Shawn Jefferson.
"He is my jack of all trades," Jefferson said at the conclusion of organized team activities. "He knows all the positions. I can plug him in anywhere, he hustles, blocks, and is a great teammate."
Justin Hunter should be on the field a 'majority of the time'
Friday, June 13, 2014, 11:50am
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.
Titans WR coach cautiously optimistic about Justin Hunter
Friday, June 6, 2014, 1:49pm
On Washington: "He's a stud. Man, he's a pro. He's leading the group right now and he seems to be in the best shape of his life. He has been making plays out here from Day One. Right now, he's in midseason form. And the group goes as he goes."
On Wright: "He's our X-factor / game-changer. This guy can do it all. He is special without the ball in his hands, drawing coverage, and he's special with the ball in his hands. He is a matchup nightmare for the defense, and he's a hard-working, serious-minded football player."
On Hunter: "He can be the receiver that puts us in the playoffs, and helps us win our division. With the growth he is going to go through, if he can keep progressing he can be the receiver that puts us over the edge. He has that much potential. He has great ability, and has gotten bigger. But keep in mind this is just his second season in the league and he is learning his second offense. He is coming on, but he has to keep working. I like the course he is on."
Wright (#30) currently leads the trio in our rankings, with Washington (#62) and Hunter (#77) up next. It's interesting that Jefferson tried to lower expectations for Hunter by talking about how this is 'just' his second season and that he's learning his second offense in two years. Hunter has breakout potential (as Jefferson mentioned), but we wouldn't be surprised if Washington scored more fantasy points in 2014.
Monday, November 25, 2013, 4:59pm
Tuesday, September 3, 2013, 2:50pm
Kendall Wright knee just sprained
Saturday, August 17, 2013, 9:08pm
A team would always prefer to find out that the injury is a sprain as opposed to a torn ligament.
The Titans believe that is how things have played out for WR Kendall Wright, who left Saturday night’s game against the Bengals in the second quarter. Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean reports that “early indications” are that Wright, who did not report hearing the telltale pop when he got hurt, avoided a torn ACL after having x-rays and an MRI taken of his right knee.
Wright said it was very stiff and was obviously concerned about it, but it looks like he may have dodged the torn ligament bullet. He'll likely sit out the remaining preseason games. If he misses regular season time, Nate Washington gets a bump up.
Sunday, August 11, 2013, 1:30am
The good news for the Titans is that WR Justin Hunter doesn’t have to be an impact player as a rookie, although they would like him to be one. His inconsistent hands and passive approach frustrate coaches. He’s dropped too many passes, made too many mistakes. The talent is there — another reason coaches have been riding the second-rounder from Tennessee so hard — but it’s looking like a lot of patience will be required.
Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 11:45am
Monday, July 29, 2013, 9:48am
Locker had a bit of a rough start in the practice, completing only three of his first seven pass attempts in 11-on-11 drills. But by the end of the night, he was an unofficial 10-for-17 in the 11-on-11.
Overall he looked better than he had in previous sessions.