Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 6:11pm
Titans WR Justin Hunter (knee) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Hunter wasn’t limited against the Steelers, so for now we’ll assume he’ll be out there against the Eagles. If he’s out, Nate Washington will be a Sneaky Start in a great matchup.
Friday, November 7, 2014, 6:15pm
Titans WR Nate Washington (shoulder, questionable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 10. Washington is expected to play against the Ravens, though the questionable tag raises some doubt. His absence would make Justin Hunter an even better start against the Ravens.
Thursday, November 6, 2014, 6:28pm
Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 6:08pm
Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 8:32pm
Washington suffered an AC joint sprain while making a diving catch in Sunday's loss to the Texans.
"Of course it is still a little sore, but continuing to work with the trainers and coaches, I'll be OK,'' Washington said.
Washington landed on his shoulder while making a 43-yard catch in the second half. It was a highlight-reel catch, but Washington said he wouldn't rate it as one of the top five of his career.
The story said that he's feeling better, but he'll need to work to get himself ready for the second half of the season. If Washington misses time, or is limited, it would likely lead to more snaps for Justin Hunter.
It sounds like the Titans are making changes to get their best players more involved, starting with RB Bishop Sankey getting more work, and now Hunter could start "soon" over Nate Washington. Hunter showed flashes last year and we thought he'd cut into Washington's snaps this year, something he didn't always do last season. But his speed and big play ability it too much for the struggling Titans O to keep on the bench. He could start as soon as this week. It's still probably best to "wait and see" for a week, but he now may be a guy to hold on to or pick up off the waiver wire if you're looking for help.
Saturday, September 20, 2014, 2:30pm
Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt said he'd like to see more from second-year pro WR Justin Hunter, per The Tennessean. The coaching staff has challenged Hunter several times this year -- most notably placing "JAG" (Just Another Guy) on his jersey.
"Justin is a talented, young receiver, and I think that is part of it, being young,'' Whisenhunt said. "He has made strides since he has been with us and I think he'll continue to do that. I think that is part of the process of growing up in the NFL."
The Tennessee passing game has struggled and Hunter was supposed to be a guy who took snaps away from Nate Washington while being a deep ball threat.
Sunday, August 31, 2014, 6:51pm
Durham caught 38 passes for 490 yards and two touchdowns with the Detroit Lions last season.
Sunday, August 31, 2014, 2:41pm
One of the more notable wide receivers released on Saturday has quickly found a new home.
A 2012 third-round pick out of N.C. State, the 25-year-old Graham was a 17-game starter for Buffalo in his two seasons with the club, hauling in 23 passes for 361 yards and two touchdowns in 2013. He will provide depth behind Nate Washington and Kendall Wright and could contribute immediately in three- and four-WR sets.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 9:32am
His tank looked plenty full during his acrobatic sideline catch when he out-muscled an Atlanta corner to complete the grab.
Players like Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter have received most of the offseason headlines among Titans receivers – and deservedly so. Wright is an emerging star who led the Titans in receptions in 2013 with 94. Hunter has been widely regarded as a breakout candidate in 2014.
But don’t sleep on Nate Washington. He might not be a guy who wants the limelight, but he still has plenty to offer entering his 10th NFL season.
Wright seems pretty safe as the team's WR1, but Justin Hunter could compete a little with Washington for playing time and snaps. Last year Hunter played just 36% of the snaps while Washington saw 82%. But with OC Ken Whisenhunt now running things, there's a chance both Hunter and Washington are involved. We consider Washington the teams WR3 in terms of fantasy and rank him lower than both Wright and Hunter.
I wrote several weeks ago that expectations might be too high for wide receiver Justin Hunter entering his second season, considering he only caught 18 passes as a rookie.
But I'm now more inclined to jump on the hype wagon. Hunter has progressed faster than I imagined. He's bigger, more confident and is doing a better job of using his freakish athletic skills to full effect.
While it's true the regular season is a different animal, Hunter appears ready to become a consistent big-play threat.
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 players in the lineup if Hunter hasn't already won the job outright.
When the Titans get anywhere near the goal line, quarterback Jake Locker simply lofts a soft spiral toward the corner of the end zone. That's when the 6-foot-4, 203-pound Hunter turns into a jack-in-the-box, leaping over defenders to haul in a touchdown pass – just as he did in last Friday's loss to the New Orleans Saints.
It's been all but unstoppable so far.
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. Hunter's prowess in the redzone bodes well for QB Jake Locker.
Saturday, August 16, 2014, 4:37pm
The nameplate on the back of his practice jersey was replaced by “JAG.”
After a week of great catches in practice, he grabbed two touchdowns in New Orleans, pulled in four catches for 111 yards and showed off the leaping ability that can make him practically impossible to defend.
“I think you’re seeing just a glimpse of what he can be, but because of what he did last night, let’s not make the mistake and think he’s, by any stretch, close to what he can be,” Whisenhunt said at his Saturday news conference. “There are a lot of things, from route depth to discipline on his releases, where even though he made some big plays last night, those have got to become more consistent.
Hunter is starting to make a name for himself and we even have him trending up our WR chart, sitting at number-40. Keep in mind he played on just 36% of the snaps last year so that will need to improve, which means he'll have to steal some time away from veteran Nate Washington.
Titans WR Justin Hunter continued his run of strong training-camp catches. In seven-on-seven play, he hauled in a Locker pass at the left sideline despite strong coverage from Coty Sensabaugh. A few plays later, Hunter blew past rookie defensive back Marqueston Huff and caught a long pass from Charlie Whitehurst. Hunter also made two leaping receptions during team drills – once in the red zone and once down the left sideline, going up and over cornerback Ri'Shard Anderson.
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.
Titans beat writer Paul Kuharsky:
He’s caught everything thrown to him, by whichever quarterback, over whichever defender, against whatever coverage.
But Wright is 1A, very much at the top of the list, his name absolutely in capital letters.
Make them bold, too.
Wright caught 94 passes for 1,079 yards, but only found the endzone twice. He’s not likely to become a major force in the redzone, though new HC Ken Whisenhunt had success around the goal line with a similar player (Eddie Royal) in San Diego. Royal scored six of his eight TDs from inside the 15-yard line (typically on quick screens), so Whisenhunt may elect to use Wright in the same way.
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