Hunter a big candidate for breakthrough

August, 5, 2014
Aug 5
4:11
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Mike Clay of Pro Football Focus has out an interesting list of rising fantasy football stars .

For a change, the Titans not only have someone who ranks high on a list, they have the No. 1 guy.

In Clay’s eyes, receiver Justin Hunter is poised for a big year. He had significantly more chances last year in Week 10 through 17 than he did before that.
Hunter spent the early portion of his rookie season buried on Tennessee's depth chart, even landing on the inactive list in Week 1. He did get some situational work, however, which allowed him to show flashes of his upside. Two of his first three targets resulted in a touchdown.

A second-round pick, Hunter's role predictably expanded in the second half. In a span of three games covering Weeks 12-14, he managed a pair of 100-plus-yard, one-score games. Standing tall and thin at 6-foot-4, 200 pounds, Hunter looks a lot like A.J. Green when he's making plays downfield. A candidate to play every down and guaranteed to see plenty of end zone looks in Ken Whisenhunt's receiver-friendly offense, Hunter is one of my favorite breakout candidates this season.

We’ve said that expectations are high -- maybe too high -- for a sophomore jump as opposed to a sophomore slump.

If healthy, however, Hunter’s going to be sent on deep routes and Jake Locker isn’t supposed to be shy about trying to get the ball downfield.

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ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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