Nov 24, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Tennessee Titans receiver Justin Hunter (15) is defended by Oakland Raiders safety Brandian Ross (29) cornerback Phillip Adams (28) on a 54-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter at Coliseum. The Titans defeated the Raiders 23-19. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Justin Hunter Has More Talent Than Calvin Johnson?

Tennessee Titans wide receiver’s coach Shawn Jefferson thinks Justin Hunter has more talent than Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson.

Yes, the Calvin Johnson that nearly had 2,000 receiving yards in 2012 (Shawn Jefferson was Johnson’s position coach from 2007-2012).

I’m not sure I agree with the idea that Hunter has more talent than Johnson. 

Megatron not only has an incredible combination of size/speed, but he’s been able to put it all together to consistently be the most dominating wide receiver in the league. Johnson’s talent is rare and while I certainly think Hunter’s talent is above average, I don’t believe he’s even in the same zip code as Johnson when it comes to talent. 

Jefferson, who’s been critical of Hunter in the past, is right about one thing, however.

Hunter will never be a dominant wide receiver if he continues to play a timid style of football. 

The biggest knock on Hunter, since his days as a Vol, is his inability to go across the middle and make the tough catches. You can see it in Hunter’s style of play. He senses the hit coming, which causes an inordinate amount of drops. 

If Hunter can start to play with the tenacity of a Steve Smith or Wes Welker, then he can be a star in the NFL. 

If he continues to play with fear, he’ll be just another guy with a lot of talent that couldn’t make the plays on Sundays. 

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