There has never been any question about the talent level of former Tennessee Volunteers and current Tennessee Titans wide receiver Justin Hunter, but his lack of maturity and inability to mentally grasp certain concepts of the game has driven his coaches insane. During the team’s preseason opener, Hunter once again made a mental mistake that left his coaches upset.
Hunter had the chance to convert a third down for the team. He caught the ball short of the sticks, but could have run forward and got the first down. Instead, Hunter took a few steps backwards in hopes of reversing field and making the big play. As a result, he was tackled short of the marker and the punt team needed to come on.
It is the kind of mistake that young receivers often make, but that didn’t mean the Titans coaching staff was happy with it.
“They were waiting for me,” Hunter said, via the Tennessean. “They were very mad. They were trying to get me to understand that when it’s third down, get what you can and get down. You have to get the first down. I was trying to get more than what I had. I should’ve gone down.”
The Titans traded up to land Hunter in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft, but it is clear that he still has some work to do before the team will feel comfortable putting him on the field for some real action.