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2013 Season Rewind: Titans WRs

Posted Jan 8, 2014

Season Rewind is a position-by-position review of the Titans in 2013.

The 2013 season for Titans receivers included career highs for Kendall Wright, increases in production by Nate Washington and the debut of Justin Hunter.

Wright led the Titans with 94 catches for 1,079 yards in his second pro season. He boosted his production from his rookie season by 30 catches for 453 more yards than what he delivered as a rookie.

Click here for photos of Titans receivers in 2013.

The 20th overall pick’s number of catches ranked fifth in the AFC and seventh in the NFL, and his yardage was 8th in the conference and 19th in the league.

Wright tied for third in the AFC and tied for fifth in the NFL with 30 receptions on third down that gained 339 yards.

Wright started the season in the slot in three receiver sets and handled playing more on the outside when the Titans used two receivers. He proved to be elusive with the ball in his hands, recording 546 yards after the catch (seventh in the NFL) and reliable with the game on the line, catching a 10-yard TD pass with 10 seconds remaining at Oakland.

The numbers placed Wright in the discussion for a Pro Bowl appearance, but he was not selected to the annual all-star game. Wright became the fifth player in Titans/Oilers franchise history to have 90 catches in a season and will try to be the first since Derrick Mason in 2003-04 to have consecutive seasons with at least 90 catches.

Washington embraced the role of being chosen as an offensive captain for the first time and led a group of younger players. He finished third on the Titans with 58 receptions and second with 919 yards and had three TD catches, building off the 46 catches for 746 yards he had in 2012. Washington had a remarkable 77-yard touchdown catch against the New York Jets and the game-winner at Jacksonville.

Washington tied for 26th in the AFC in number of catches and ranked 14th in the conference and 29th in the league in receiving yards in 2013. His 22 catches on third downs placed him in a tie for 10th in the AFC and 19th in the NFL.

Hunter’s rookie season included flash plays like his 34-yard game-winning catch against San Diego and a pair of 100-yard efforts at Oakland and Denver. He finished with 18 catches for 354 yards, leading the team with a per-catch average of 19.7 yards and had four touchdowns. Hunter showed capability to go up and get the jump ball for scores against the Chargers and Jets in consecutive weeks and said his goals for the time between his first and second seasons are to increase muscle mass and continue to improve his route running.

Damian Williams had 15 catches for 178 yards, despite missing six games, Kenny Britt had 11 catches for 96 yards in 12 games, and Michael Preston had five catches for 37 yards with his first two touchdowns as he split time between the 53-man roster and practice squad. Marc Mariani missed his fourth pro season because of a shoulder injury he suffered during the preseason, and Kevin Walter, a free agent addition in 2013, spent the season on the physically unable to perform list.

The chart below includes statistics for Titans receivers in 2013:

 

G/GS

Catches

Yards

Yards/Catch

Long

TD

Kendall Wright

16/12

94

1,079

11.5

45

2

Nate Washington

16/15

58

919

15.8

77t

3

Justin Hunter

14/0

18

354

19.7

57

4

Damian Williams

10/1

15

178

11.9

32

0

Kenny Britt

12/3

11

96

8.7

15

0

Michael Preston

7/0

5

37

7.4

10t

2

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