Former Tennessee Volunteers wide receiver Justin Hunter, who has previously drawn the ire of Titans wide receivers coach Shawn Jefferson, is now being praised by Jefferson.
According to Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean, Jefferson thinks Hunter could be the receiver that puts the Titans in the playoffs.
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.
Hunter finished his rookie season with 18 receptions for 354 yards and four touchdowns.
While those aren’t eye-popping numbers, it’s worth noting that Hunter had two games with over 100 receiving yards during the last five games of the season.
The former Vol has added 15 pounds this offseason, which should help him immensely. Hunter was a bit skinny coming into the NFL, which made him easy to jam at the line of scrimmage. The added weight should aid the second-year receiver in getting off the line much quicker.
Justin Hunter certainly showed he has star potential last season, but he’ll have to prove he become a consistent threat if he wants to be the type of wide receiver that Shawn Jefferson believes he can be.
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