Nate Washington Fantasy News

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 2:30pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

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 Titans will need to create big plays against one of the NFL's stingiest secondaries if they have designs on keeping up with the Bengals on the road.

Fantasy Impact:

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.

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Sunday, August 31, 2014, 6:51pm

USA Today - [Full Article]

The Tennessee Titans have claimed wide receivers Kris Durham off waivers.

Durham caught 38 passes for 490 yards and two touchdowns with the Detroit Lions last season.

Fantasy Impact:

The Titans also claimed T.J. Graham earlier today and it's another interesting claim for a team pretty deep at WR. Durham will at best be the team's WR4 behind Kendall Wright, Nate Washington and Justin Hunter.

Sunday, August 31, 2014, 2:41pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

One of the more notable wide receivers released on Saturday has quickly found a new home.

The Titans have been awarded ex-Bills wideout T.J. Graham on waivers, Adam Caplan of ESPN reported Sunday.

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.

The move leaves the Titans with six receivers, with Justin Hunter, Derek Hagan and Michael Preston the other options at the position.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 9:32am

TitansOnline.com - [Full Article]

Titans WR Nate Washington didn’t look like a 30-year old when he outran the Falcons’ secondary Saturday night, scoring on a 63-yard bomb from Jake Locker.

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.

Fantasy Impact:

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.

Titans Beat: WR Justin Hunter is 'ready' to become a 'consistent big-play threat'

Thursday, August 21, 2014, 7:44pm

John Glennon, The Tennesseean - [Full Article]

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.

Fantasy Impact:

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.

Fade play to Titans WR Justin Hunter 'all but unstoppable'

Thursday, August 21, 2014, 12:45pm

The Tennessean - [Full Article]

Throughout training camp and in the preseason, Titans wide receiver Justin Hunter has made the fade pattern look all too easy.

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.

Fantasy Impact:

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

ESPN - [Full Article]

A week ago after he failed to convert a route, Titans receiver Justin Hunter was labeled “just another guy” by his coaches.

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.

Fantasy Impact:

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 continues to impress

Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 8:56pm

The Tennesseean - [Full Article]

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.

Fantasy Impact:

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: WR Kendall Wright is team's 'best player...by a good margin'

Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 6:50pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Titans beat writer Paul Kuharsky:

Kendall Wright is the Titans' best player right now, by a good margin.

He’s caught everything thrown to him, by whichever quarterback, over whichever defender, against whatever coverage.

I like the Titans' overall weaponry. Justin Hunter, Nate Washington, Delanie Walker, Dexter McCluster and Bishop Sankey offer a nice serving plate of solid options in addition to Wright.

But Wright is 1A, very much at the top of the list, his name absolutely in capital letters.

Make them bold, too.

Fantasy Impact:

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.

Sunday, July 27, 2014, 2:02pm

Nashville Tennessean - [Full Article]

Consistency will be key for Titans WR Justin Hunter this season.

"He's a young guy and it's a hard adjustment for a guy to come in here from a collegiate level to an NFL level," Nate Washington said. "You're playing against 29- and 30-year old men. That's something he has to understand, something he's better understood in this offseason."

The 30-year-old Washington, entering his 10th season in the league, looks for Hunter to be more comfortable as a second-year pro.

"His confidence is going to grow," Washington said. "Confidence is everything in this league. Once the confidence grows, the plays will start coming. I think he's been making a good transition here in this offseason of understanding what's expected of him. Now he understands what he's capable of – 'Where do I stand with the guys that have already been here?' So that's good for him."

Fantasy Impact:

We have Hunter just 67th on our list but he has an ADP of the 14th round, so fantasy players seem to at least be interested in his potential - enough to make him a late round pick.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 6:11pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

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.

Fantasy Impact:

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.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 9:17am

Nashville Tennessean - [Full Article]

He's been called a journeyman and a survivor.

Both fit veteran wide receiver Derek Hagan, who's just glad he got a call from the Titans last month. Now it's safe to call him something else — a contender.

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."

Fantasy Impact:

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

The Tennessean - [Full Article]

The Titans have their starting receivers in veteran Nate Washington, rising star Kendall Wright and promising Justin Hunter.

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

The Tennessean - [Full Article]

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.

Fantasy Impact:

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

The Tennessean - [Full Article]

Titans WR coach Shawn Jefferson on Nate Washington, Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter:

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."

Fantasy Impact:

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.