NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Titans coach Mike Munchak said Monday that rookie
So will the receiver’s opportunities.
|Justin Hunter had six catches for 109 yards and a 54-yard TD in Tennessee's victory at Oakland. |
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Washington and Wright will still be tabbed most frequently when the Titans have two receivers on the field, but Hunter showed increasing ability to make critical catches and delivered an explosive play (54-yard TD) in Tennessee’s 23-19 win at Oakland Sunday. Hunter had career bests of six catches for 109 yards, and made five of his catches on third-down plays, including a 9-yard grab on third-and-6 to put the Titans at the Raiders’ 10-yard line with less than a minute remaining.
“He’s getting open, he’s understanding how to get in a position to make those plays he’s making,” Munchak said. “(He had) that touchdown in the second half. Those kinds of plays, that’s the kind of stuff he can do. That’s the kind of stuff we’re hoping he’ll be able to do to help us this year. That was a big play to get us back in the game after having a really inconsistent first half. He did a great job of making a couple guys miss, and we scored in four plays. All of a sudden we had a lead at the end of the third quarter.”
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In addition to Hunter, Kendall Wright had six catches for 103 yards and the game-winning 10-yard TD from
“Fitz did a great job in that situation because there were some tough looks (from the defense),” offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains said. “They were dropping eight, and you’re asking him to make a big-time throw and fit one in in a tight window. He found Kendall.”
Loggains said Hunter’s day is a “tell of things that are going to come for him.”
GRIFFIN RECEIVES SUSPENSION: The NFL suspended Titans safety
Griffin was flagged for a personal foul on a hit that caused the ball to separate from Oakland tight end Mychal Rivera, who suffered a concussion on the play. Griffin was flagged earlier this season on a hit against Jets WR Stephen Hill after an interception by
Griffin has the option to appeal and tweeted Monday, “Just want to say I apologize to the fans, organization, and teammates. I also apologize to Rivera. I was just trying to do my job but ended up costing my team. Don't know what else to do except for appeal. Again I apologize.”
WILLIAMS COULD PRACTICE: Munchak said receiver/return specialist