Hunter comes into camp motivated in his contract year, Jim Wyatt of the team's official site reports.
Hunter's lack of focus has often been blamed for the physically gifted receiver's inability to make a major impact since being drafted 34th overall in 2013, but he'll have to put up or shut up with his deal set to expire after this coming season. He'll need to beat out experienced vets like Kendall Wright and Harry Douglas, as well as young up-and-comers like Dorial Green-Beckham and Tajae Sharpe to make an impact for the Titans, but it seems like coach Mike Mularkey is willing to at least give the talented wideout the opportunity to do so. The rest is up to Hunter.
The 34th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, Hunter enters the final year of his rookie contract with just 68 catches in 35 career games (13 starts) and is coming off an injury-shortened season in which he posted a 22-264-1 receiving line on 31 targets over nine appearances. The
Justin Hunter (ankle) has so far been a limited participant in the Tennessee Titans ' offseason program, Jim Wyatt of the team's official site reports. "I am kind of close, but I still have a long way to go, building up the strength in my leg," Hunter said Friday. "But it is coming along."
Since he was selected in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft, Hunter hasn't upheld his end of the bargain, but injuries have played a significant role to date. A lacerated spleen cut short his sophomore campaign after 12 games, and he didn't make an appearance following a broken right ankle suffered in Week 10 last season. As a result, his 35-game professional sample isn't incredibly encouraging -- 68 catches (on 140 targets) for 1,116 yards and eight touchdowns -- but once healthy, another offseason working with Marcus Mariota should push along Hunter's development.
Justin Hunter (ankle) will be placed on the Tennessee Titans ' injured reserve list Monday, The Tennessean reports.
Hunter fractured his right ankle during Sunday's loss to the Panthers, requiring him to have season-ending surgery Monday. In nine games played this season, the third-year wideout managed 22 catches (on 31 targets) for 264 yards and one touchdown. With Hunter out, rookie Dorial Green-Beckham could be more prominently featured in the Titans' offense going forward.
Justin Hunter has a fractured right ankle, ESPN's Paul Kuharsky reports.
Hunter will likely miss the rest of the season, finishing with 22 catches for 264 yards and a touchdown on 31 targets in nine games. His absence could help Dorial Green-Beckham earn a more prominent role, even though the rookie had zero catches on just two targets in Sunday's loss to the Panthers. Hunter, the 34th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, has just 68 receptions for 1,116 yards and eight touchdowns through the first 35 games of his career, heading into the final year of his rookie contract.
|P3||8/27/16||@ OAK||8:00 pm|
|P4||9/1/16||@ MIA||7:00 pm|
|2||9/18/16||@ DET||1:00 pm|
|4||10/2/16||@ HOU||1:00 pm|
|5||10/9/16||@ MIA||1:00 pm|
|9||11/6/16||@ SD||4:25 pm|
|11||11/20/16||@ IND||1:00 pm|
|12||11/27/16||@ CHI||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 13|
|15||12/18/16||@ KC||1:00 pm|
|16||12/24/16||@ JAC||1:00 pm|
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