Justin Hunter is simply impressing everyone at Titans Camp. As a fan that watched him while he was at The University of Tennessee, I am not surprised in the least
What I am surprised about is just how much better he is now. This is one of the most impressive receivers I have had the opportunity to watch up close. At Camp on Friday afternoon, he certainly did not disappoint. I have to admit that I watched his reps almost exclusively while I was there. That is not what I am supposed to do, but it was impossible not to watch.
Titans Receiver Coach Shawn Jefferson is praising Hunter for his work at camp so far. That is a far cry from last year as the Mike Munchak’s coaches stayed all over Hunter in camp, and on the sidelines. Hunter seems comfortable now, and Jefferson is making a big impact.
Whenever the crowd made a noise on Friday, it was because Hunter made a play somewhere on the practice field. Whether it was beating poor Tommy Campbell twice on deep balls thrown his way, or making an incredible effort and catch in one on one goal line work, Hunter was the reason for the crowds oohing and ahhing.
Hunter looks like an olympic athlete when he runs his routes. By that I mean there is such a “smoothness” to his stride. It is as if his feet do not touch the ground. It is full glide-like, and then the extra gear kicks in to actually get to the ball.
I think the area he has improved the most is actually his hands. I have seen him make the circus catches that shouldn’t be caught, and I have seen him drop passes that are right in his hands on 10 yard digs. I did not see him drop a pass, or even look like the ball was going to come out of his hands.
Right now it looks as if long time pro Nate Washington and Kendall Wright will start in the Titans two receiver set. Hunter will be the third receiver when they go trips, moving to the outside while Wright moves to the slot. I personally think by mid year we will see more of Hunter and Wright in the two receiver set, giving Nate a little breather.
I know camps can be deceiving. I could not tell if it was that Justin was just that good, or if Titans corner Tommy Campbell was just not competing like he should. The Titans go to Atlanta to match up at practice with the Falcons. That will tell us more, but for now, myself and a whole bunch of other Titan fans are extremely impressed by what we witnessed Friday. This guy is going to be a star.