Archive for Justin Hunter

NEWS: Justin Hunter explodes for 111 yards and 2TDs in second preseason contest; Jimmy Graham pulls in 2TDs.

In Friday night’s Week 2 preseason contest against the Saints, Titans WR Justin Hunter pulled in five balls for 111 yards and 2TDs. Despite 1INT, Zach Mettenberger looked fantastic throwing for 269 yards and 2TDs. Mark Ingram ran the ball five times for 19 yards and pulled in a 23-yard touchdown reception. Joe Morgan pulled in three balls for 108 yards, showing incredible speed on a 52-yard stretch play. Jimmy Graham scored twice and pulled in five balls for 48 yards.

SMITTY: Sleeper alert ladies and gentlemen! Justin Hunter has held some serious upside heading out of last season, which was his rookie year. He only pulled in 354 yards and 4TDs last season, but he had two super-impressive 100-yard, 1TD games in the second-half of the season, and the brilliance was showcased in those performances. I love the kid. My only concern has been what happens if Jake Locker gets hurt, but Zach Mettenberger actually looks efficient enough, and word is that he has been tossing the ball 75 yards with ease in practice. I love both Hunter and Kendall Wright — these are two very good young receivers. Jimmy Graham is just insane and easily worth that high-second round ADP he appears to be locked into. Looking for Week 1 Power Rankings?

NEWS: Kendall Wright the best offensive player in TEN; his YPC about to jump in 2014?

According to ESPN’s Paul Kuharsky, Titans WR Kendall Wright “is the Titans’ best offensive player heading into his third season” and should see his “career yards per catch of 10.8 to jump under Ken Whisenhunt and Jason Michael.”

SMITTY: Kendall Wright just dropped 94 receptions for 1,079 yards and 2TDs, with an average of 11.5 YPC (10.8 is on his career). Those are fantastic numbers for a sophomore receiver that was handed awful quarterback play last year. While the health of Jake Locker is still a concern, Locker appears fully healthy at this point, and we might see Wright finally pull in some good touchdown production, possibly something in the 6-8TD range. Wide receivers usually breakout during their third season in the NFL, and even though Wright already had what I’d call a semi-breakout campaign as a sophomore, it appears that he did so under the radar, as his ADP is in the 8.03-8.09 range, which is next to receivers like Reggie Wayne, Terrance Williams, Hakeem Nicks and Dwayne Bowe. That’s a big-time steal, as the kid has fantasy WR2-type appeal. On a side note, Justin Hunter could have a nice second season as a Titan. Want 2014 full-season fantasy football cheat sheets?

NEWS: Delanie Walker wants to catch 80 passes in 2014.

According to the, Titans TE Delanie Walker had this to say on his upcoming 2014 NFL season: “I’ve got to get better,” said Walker. “I’m looking to catch 80 balls this year.”

SMITTY: I think Delanie Walker might be reaching a bit high, but he did quietly drop 60 receptions for 571 yards and 6TDs last year. He is a decent fantasy tight end to grab if you’re in desperate need at the position. Bishop Sankey is going to be a dynamic addition to that Titans’ offense; the rookie has a strong shot at ROY in 2014, and his elusiveness will open up the pass. The key to this offense succeeding in 2014 will rest on the health of Jake Locker, who has always been very capable, he just can’t stay on the field. Kendall Wright enters his third-year breakout wide receiver season and Justin Hunter could be in for a nice surprise-type season. This offense will either sneak up on some people and perform very, very well, but only if Locker stays healthy.

NEWS: Kendall Wright working on his explosiveness?

According to tennessean.com, Titans WR Kendall Wright is set on improving his game in 2014: “I have to break that tackle and get way more yards than I did. And that is what I am working on — my explosiveness. It is great to get 1,000 yards. But I want to do a whole lot more after the catch. I need to make more guys miss.”

SMITTY: It’s great to see the dedication with this kid, as he is underrated and has huge upside. Old reliable has pulled in 158 catches and 6TDs in his first two seasons, and he pulled in 94 receptions for 1,079 yards last season. He only had 2TDs during last year’s campaign, but I can easily see Wright pulling in more scores in 2014 (should he stay healthy). The shaky Titans QB situation is the only real downside when it comes to Wright. On a side note, Justin Hunter also has tons of sleeper appeal given his ADP — If only the Titans could just provide consistent QB play.

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