"He's so big and so long, and he has the ability to jump and he has such a big catch radius," Locker told the paper. "You're able to put the ball a lot of places to give him a chance. That puts a lot of pressure on the defense at that point."
Hunter beat the Chargers with a leaping 34-yard touchdown catch in the closing seconds last year. He's looking for a lot more opportunities in the end zone this season.
"They want to use my big frame, so they throw it to me there," Hunter said. "The cornerback has to turn his back at some point to try to defend me. That's when I can use my leaping ability to go over the top of him – before he gets a chance to figure it out."
"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. "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.
"So he’s still got a lot of work to do. I’m excited for two things: No. 1 because he can make those big plays; and No. 2, because he seems to have the right mindset to work on those two things. Part of being a young player is you’ve got to be able to do that yourself. Right now, he has to be reminded at times to do that. Not from a negative standpoint, just because there is a lot going on.
"I’m seeing growth, we’ve just got to continue to see that."
Hunter hauled in a 4-yard touchdown strike from Jake Locker on the opening drive of the game. He followed that up with a 64-yard touchdown pass from Zach Mettenberger in the second quarter. He was targeted five times and finished with four catches for a team-high 111 yards and two touchdowns.
The Titans beat writer for the Tennessean, Jim Wyatt, shared his projections for Hunter this season. He has Hunter with 44 catches for 690 yards and seven touchdowns.
To see how his projections compare to mine and Dave Richard, check out this Fantasy Football Today blog here.
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