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Justin McCareins
WR #19
Height:
6-2
Weight:
215
College:
Northern Illinois
Experience:
8

Biography

2008 (14/10/0/2):  Tied for the team lead in receptions five times in 2008 (vs. HST, vs. NYJ, at DET, at HST, vs. PIT) … Led the team in receiving yards twice in 2008 (vs. HST, vs. NYJ).

Jacksonville (9/7):  Started at wide receiver in the Titans’ 17-10 victory on opening day … Drew a 16-yard pass interference penalty during the Titans’ opening scoring drive.  at Cincinnati (9/14):  Started at wide receiver and grabbed two receptions for nine yards in the 24-7 road victory … Kept the Titans’ first touchdown drive alive with a six-yard reception on third-and-five in the second quarter.  Houston (9/21):  Started at wide receiver … Tied for the team lead with three receptions and led the squad with 86 receiving yards in the Titans’ 31-12 victory … Set up the Titans third touchdown of the afternoon with a 37-yard grab along the left sideline in the second quarter … Hauled in a 32-yard bomb from Kerry Collins in the third quarter.  Minnesota (9/28):  Started at wide receiver and grabbed three receptions for 37 yards in the Titans’ 30-17 victory … Extended the Titans’ first scoring drive with a 16-yard grab on third-and-six in the first quarter … Kept the Titans’ initial touchdown drive alive with a 11-yard catch on third-and-three in the first quarter.  at Baltimore (10/5):  Started at wide receiver in the Titans’ 13-10 comeback victory over the Ravens.  at Kansas City (10/19):  Inactive.  Indianapolis (10/27):  Returned to the lineup as a reserve at wide receiver and grabbed two receptions for 30 yards in the Titans’ 31-21 victory over the Colts on Monday Night Football … Kept the Titans’ first touchdown drive alive with a 23-yard reception along the sideline on third-and-10 in the third quarter.  Green Bay (11/2):  Played in a reserve role at wide receiver and grabbed three receptions for 42 yards in the Titans’ 19-16 overtime victory over the Packers … Hauled in a 20-yard pass during the Titans’ final drive of regulation.  at Chicago (11/9):  Started at wide receiver but left the game early in the second quarter with an injury in the Titans’ 21-14 road win.  at Jacksonville (11/16):  Inactive.  N.Y. Jets (11/23):  Started at wide receiver and tied for the team lead with four receptions for a team-best 43 receiving yards.  at Detroit (11/27):  Played in a reserve role at wide receiver and snared two receptions for 43 yards in the Titans’ commanding 47-10 victory over the Lions on Thanksgiving … Extended a Titans’ scoring drive with a 23-yard reception down to the Detroit six-yard line on third-and-five in the second quarter … Kept a Titans’ scoring drive alive with another 23-yard catch on third-and-nine in the second quarter.  Cleveland (12/7):  Started at wide receiver and collected one reception for 20 yards in the Titans’ division-clinching 28-9 victory … Set up the Titans second touchdown with a 20-yard reception deep in Browns’ territory in the second quarter.  at Houston (12/14):  Started at wide receiver and tied for the team lead with three receptions for 36 yards … Rushed the ball once for four yards.  Pittsburgh (12/21):  Started at wide receiver and notched a team-high six receptions for 55 yards in the Titans’ 31-14 victory … Allowed the Titans to convert a fourth-and-one, by snaring a 19-yard pass on third-and-20 in the third quarter.  at Indianapolis (12/28):  Started at wide receiver and snared one reception for 11 yards.

2008 (14/10/0/2):  Tied for the team lead in receptions five times in 2008 (vs. HST, vs. NYJ, at DET, at HST, vs. PIT) … Led the team in receiving yards twice in 2008 (vs. HST, vs. NYJ).

Jacksonville (9/7):  Started at wide receiver in the Titans’ 17-10 victory on opening day … Drew a 16-yard pass interference penalty during the Titans’ opening scoring drive.  at Cincinnati (9/14):  Started at wide receiver and grabbed two receptions for nine yards in the 24-7 road victory … Kept the Titans’ first touchdown drive alive with a six-yard reception on third-and-five in the second quarter.  Houston (9/21):  Started at wide receiver … Tied for the team lead with three receptions and led the squad with 86 receiving yards in the Titans’ 31-12 victory … Set up the Titans third touchdown of the afternoon with a 37-yard grab along the left sideline in the second quarter … Hauled in a 32-yard bomb from Kerry Collins in the third quarter.  Minnesota (9/28):  Started at wide receiver and grabbed three receptions for 37 yards in the Titans’ 30-17 victory … Extended the Titans’ first scoring drive with a 16-yard grab on third-and-six in the first quarter … Kept the Titans’ initial touchdown drive alive with a 11-yard catch on third-and-three in the first quarter.  at Baltimore (10/5):  Started at wide receiver in the Titans’ 13-10 comeback victory over the Ravens.  at Kansas City (10/19):  Inactive.  Indianapolis (10/27):  Returned to the lineup as a reserve at wide receiver and grabbed two receptions for 30 yards in the Titans’ 31-21 victory over the Colts on Monday Night Football … Kept the Titans’ first touchdown drive alive with a 23-yard reception along the sideline on third-and-10 in the third quarter.  Green Bay (11/2):  Played in a reserve role at wide receiver and grabbed three receptions for 42 yards in the Titans’ 19-16 overtime victory over the Packers … Hauled in a 20-yard pass during the Titans’ final drive of regulation.  at Chicago (11/9):  Started at wide receiver but left the game early in the second quarter with an injury in the Titans’ 21-14 road win.  at Jacksonville (11/16):  Inactive.  N.Y. Jets (11/23):  Started at wide receiver and tied for the team lead with four receptions for a team-best 43 receiving yards.  at Detroit (11/27):  Played in a reserve role at wide receiver and snared two receptions for 43 yards in the Titans’ commanding 47-10 victory over the Lions on Thanksgiving … Extended a Titans’ scoring drive with a 23-yard reception down to the Detroit six-yard line on third-and-five in the second quarter … Kept a Titans’ scoring drive alive with another 23-yard catch on third-and-nine in the second quarter.  Cleveland (12/7):  Started at wide receiver and collected one reception for 20 yards in the Titans’ division-clinching 28-9 victory … Set up the Titans second touchdown with a 20-yard reception deep in Browns’ territory in the second quarter.  at Houston (12/14):  Started at wide receiver and tied for the team lead with three receptions for 36 yards … Rushed the ball once for four yards.  Pittsburgh (12/21):  Started at wide receiver and notched a team-high six receptions for 55 yards in the Titans’ 31-14 victory … Allowed the Titans to convert a fourth-and-one, by snaring a 19-yard pass on third-and-20 in the third quarter.  at Indianapolis (12/28):  Started at wide receiver and snared one reception for 11 yards.

2008 Playoffs (1/1/0/0):  Baltimore (1/10):  Started at wide receiver and caught two passes for 24 yards.

Pro:
●  In 2007, McCareins saw action in all 16 games with six starts in his final season with the Jets and grabbed 19 receptions for 232 yards.
●  Originally selected by the Titans in the fourth round (124th overall) of the 2001 NFL Draft.  Was traded by the Titans to the N.Y. Jets in 2004 and spent the last four seasons with the Jets.  Signed as a free agent with Tennessee on March 17, 2008.

College:
●  Was a four-year starter at Northern Illinois and set school records in receptions (204), receiving yards (2,991) and touchdowns (29).
●  As a senior, named first-team All-MAC after finishing fourth in the nation in receiving yards per game (106.0) and all purpose yardage (183.1 yds/game).

TITANS TIDBITS: 
• As a seventh grader, McCareins had the privilege to be chosen by NBA legend Michael Jordan to play him in a one-on-one basketball game at his camp. After scoring the first point, McCareins couldn’t prevent the future Hall of Famer from “talking trash” as he scored three consecutive points to win the contest, 3-1. 
• McCareins donated money to Northern Illinois for the new football offices in the Yordon Center, which features the “Justin and Sherrone McCareins Meeting Room” with seating for 150 student-athletes. This multipurpose room can be used for large meetings or divided in half for study halls and smaller team meetings. It also provides an ideal venue for coaching clinics, workshops and guest speakers.  
• McCareins’ older brother, John, graduated from Northwestern and received his MBA from Dartmouth. Younger sibling, Jay, graduated from high school with a 4.3 GPA and was an All-American cornerback at Princeton. His mother, Alicia, graduated with a PhD in psychology and law degree from Northwestern. 
• Upon returning to Tennessee, McCareins took part in Titans Caravan 2008 in April reuniting with fans in Savannah, Memphis, Jackson and Florence, Ala.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:  
2007 (16/6 – N. Y. Jets):  Saw action in all 16 games with six starts in his final season with the Jets and registered 19 catches for 232 yards.  Returned two kickoffs for 15 yards and collected a solo special teams tackle on coverage units. 
• Against Washington (11/4), started at wide receiver and caught three passes for 32 yards, including a 20-yarder. 
• At Miami (12/2), played in a reserve role at wide receiver and caught one pass for a season-long 51 yards. 
• At New England (12/16), caught a season-high five passes for 40 yards. 
• At Tennessee (12/23), saw action as a reserve at wide receiver and caught two passes for nine yards.  Helped down a ball at the Titans’ two-yard line by batting it back from the goal line on special teams. 
2006 (16/7, 1/1 – N.Y. Jets):  Played all 16 games with seven starts and snared 23 receptions for 347 yards and a touchdown.  Collected two special teams tackles on coverage units.  
• Against Detroit (10/22), hauled in a 44-yard touchdown pass in the Week 7 win. 
• At Minnesota (12/17), caught two passes for 70 yards, including a season-high 50-yard reception.  Named Jets’ Special Teams Player of the Week after logging two tackles on special teams, his first two special teams stops since 2003. 
• At Miami (12/25), started as the Jets opened in a three wide receiver set.  Hauled in two receptions for 47 yards, including a 42-yarder. 
2005 (16/16 – N.Y. Jets):  Played in and started all 16 games at wide receiver.  Registered 43 catches for 713 yards and two touchdowns. 
• At Buffalo (10/16), recorded the first 100-yard receiving game of his career with five receptions for 116 yards. 
• Against Oakland (12/11), made his 40th career start at wide receiver and caught a four-yard touchdown on a fade route. 
• At Miami (12/18), collected two receptions for 57 yards, one for a season-long 45 yards. 
2004 (16/16, 2/2 – N.Y. Jets):  In his first season with the Jets, started all 16 games and led the team with 56 receptions for 770 yards, including four touchdowns. 
• At New England (10/24), grabbed six catches for a season-high 83 receiving yards. 
• Against Miami (11/1), snared three receptions for 56 receiving yards and a touchdown. 
• At Cleveland (11/21), led the team with six receptions for 71 yards, including an 11-yard touchdown catch in the victory. 
• At San Diego (1/8), caught eight passes for 87 yards in the Wild Card victory, tying for second-most receptions in a game in Jets postseason history.  
2003 (16/10, 2/1 – Tennessee):  Appeared in all 16 games for the second consecutive season and finished second on the team with 47 receptions.  Set career-highs with 813 receiving yards and seven touchdown receptions.  Served as the team’s primary punt returner, bringing back 29 punts for 330 yards (11.4 avg.), including a 58-yard punt return for a score against Atlanta (11/23).  Returned 13 kickoffs for 256 yards (19.7 avg.). 
• At Pittsburgh (9/28), snared five receptions for 81 yards and a touchdown. 
• Against Miami (11/9), posted three receptions for 53 yards, including a 24-yard touchdown catch. 
• At Atlanta (11/23), scored on a 58-yard punt return and a 14-yard touchdown reception in the 38-31 win. 
• At N.Y. Jets (12/1), had five catches for 92 yards including a 59-yard touchdown on Monday Night Football. 
2002 (16/1, 2/0 – Tennessee):  Played in all 16 games registering one start against Washington (10/6).  Caught two of the three longest receptions of season for Titans, a 49-yard touchdown at Oakland (9/29) and a 55-yard catch against Pittsburgh (11/17). Contributed on special teams, accounting for 300 yards on 13 kickoff returns, 44 yards on six punt returns and eight tackles.  
• In season opener against Philadelphia (9/8), caught first career touchdown, a two-yard reception from Steve McNair, in fourth quarter to cut Titans deficit to 24-19 in 27-24 victory over Eagles. 
•  At Oakland (9/29), caught two receptions for 57 yards, including a 49-yard touchdown in fourth quarter during 52-25 loss to Raiders. 
• At N.Y. Giants (12/1), posted a then career-high with 158 all-purpose yards, recording 113 yards on six kickoff returns, four receptions for 29 yards and 16 yards on a reverse in come-from-behind 32-29 overtime win. 
•  In AFC Divisional Playoff Game against Pittsburgh (1/11), caught two receptions for 53 yards in 34-31 overtime victory over Steelers. Both receptions came in overtime on consecutive plays (31,22) to set up Joe Nedney’s game-winning 26-yard field goal. 
2001 (4/1 – Titans): Saw action in four games as team’s number three receiver with lone start coming against Tampa Bay (10/14). Missed final 12 games of season with fractured left ankle suffered in Buccaneers game. 
•  At Jacksonville (9/23), caught his first career reception on 18-yard pass from Neil O’Donnell in 13-6 setback to Jaguars. 
•  Made first NFL start against Tampa Bay (9/23), catching two passes for 70 yards in 31-28 overtime victory over Buccaneers. Left game with fractured left ankle in fourth quarter and did not return. 
•  Scheduled to return to lineup in Week 12 before re-injuring ankle in practice (12/19), which led to team placing him on injured reserve to end his season.

COLLEGE: 
•  Four-year starter at Northern Illinois who set school records in receptions (204), 
receiving yards (2,991), and touchdowns (29) and ranks fourth on all-time list in total 
touchdowns (30). Also added 162 yards on 14 reverses, 605 yards on 29 kickoff returns and 609 yards and one touchdown on 49 punt returns in career. Is one of only three players in school history to gain more than 4,000 all-purpose yards (4,367). Totaled 13 100-yard games in career and caught at least one pass in 39 of 44 career games. 
•  As senior, received honorable mention All-American by Football News, first-team 
All-Mid American Conference (MAC) and MAC Special Teams Player of Year. Ranked fourth in nation in receiving yards per game (106.0) and all-purpose yardage (183.1 yds/game) and third in punt returns (19.1). Led squad with career-high 66 receptions for 1,168 yards and 10 touchdowns and became third player in school history to record more than 1,000 receiving yards in season. Became second player in NIU history to record over 2,000 all-purpose yards in season (73 rushing, 411 kickoff return, 362 punt return, 1,168 receiving). 
•  Credits former Huskies receivers coach Sid McNary as the coach who has had the most influence in his athletic career. 
•  Majored in communications.

PERSONAL: 
•  Justin and his wife, Sherrone, have a son Justin, Jr. (4) and a daughter Jordan (1).  The family owns two dogs, Spike (Rottweiler) and Crissy (Husky). 
• Selected first-team all-conference, all-area and all-state during senior season at Naperville (Ill.) HS, where he caught 34 passes for 644 yards with five touchdowns and returned 21 kickoffs for 438 yards. 
• Lettered in track and basketball, where he earned first-team All DuPage Valley Conference and Loop Player of Year honors as senior. 
• Attended a private viewing of “Invincible” on Sept. 12, 2006 with 200 students from the Generation Jets Academy, in conjunction with the N.Y. Mercantile Exchange Charitable Foundation and National Communications Group. • Born Justin Morgan McCareins in Evanston, Ill.

Receiving
YearTeamGRecYdsAvgYds/GLongTD20+40+1stFUM
TOTAL 114 240 3,676 15.3 32.2 73 16 57 12 178 3
2008 TEN 14 30 412 13.7 29.4 37 0 7 0 22 1
2007 NYJ 16 19 232 12.2 14.5 51 0 2 1 13 0
2006 NYJ 16 23 347 15.1 21.7 50 1 7 3 12 1
2005 NYJ 16 43 713 16.6 44.6 45 2 12 1 33 0
2004 NYJ 16 56 770 13.8 48.1 43 4 10 1 43 1
2003 TEN 16 47 813 17.3 50.8 73 7 14 4 40 0
2002 TEN 16 19 301 15.8 18.8 55 2 3 2 12 0
2001 TEN 4 3 88 29.3 22 36 0 2 0 3 0
Rushing
YearTeamGAttAtt/GYdsAvgYds/GTDLng1st1st%20+40+FUM
TOTAL 114 8 0.1 42 5.3 0.4 0 16 2 25 0 0 1
2008 TEN 14 2 0.1 8 4 0.6 0 4 0 -- 0 0 1
2007 NYJ 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2006 NYJ 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2005 NYJ 16 1 0.1 8 8 0.5 0 8 0 -- 0 0 0
2004 NYJ 16 2 0.1 -5 -2.5 -0.3 0 -2 0 -- 0 0 0
2003 TEN 16 1 0.1 13 13 0.8 0 13 1 100 0 0 0
2002 TEN 16 2 0.1 18 9 1.1 0 16 1 50 0 0 0
2001 TEN 4 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Kick Return
YearTeamGRetYdsAvgLngTD20+40+FCFUM
TOTAL 114 32 641 20 48 0 17 1 1 0
2008 TEN 14 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2007 NYJ 16 2 15 7.5 12 0 0 0 0 0
2006 NYJ 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2005 NYJ 16 0 0 -- -- 0 0 0 1 0
2004 NYJ 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2003 TEN 16 13 256 19.7 25 0 7 0 0 0
2002 TEN 16 13 300 23.1 48 0 8 1 0 0
2001 TEN 4 4 70 17.5 21 0 2 0 0 0
Punt Return
YearTeamGRetRetYAvgLngTD20+40+FCFUM
TOTAL 114 56 519 9.3 58 1 4 1 31 4
2008 TEN 14 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2007 NYJ 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2006 NYJ 16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2005 NYJ 16 5 28 5.6 12 0 0 0 4 0
2004 NYJ 16 14 88 6.3 26 0 1 0 6 2
2003 TEN 16 29 330 11.4 58 1 3 1 17 2
2002 TEN 16 6 44 7.3 16 0 0 0 4 0
2001 TEN 4 2 29 14.5 18 0 0 0 0 0
Defensive
YearTeamGTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntTDsYdsAvgLng
TOTAL 114 24 18 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 -- 0
2008 TEN 14 1 1 0 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2007 NYJ 16 1 1 0 0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- --
2006 NYJ 16 5 4 1 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
2005 NYJ 16 4 4 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
2004 NYJ 16 0 -- -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- --
2003 TEN 16 6 3 3 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
2002 TEN 16 7 5 2 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
2001 TEN 4 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Fumbles
YearTeamGFUMLostFFOWN FROPP FROWN YDSOPP YDSTDOOBSftyTB
TOTAL 114 8 3 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008 TEN 14 2 2 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 0 0
2007 NYJ 16 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2006 NYJ 16 1 0 0 -- -- -- -- 0 0 0 0
2005 NYJ 16 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- 0 -- -- --
2004 NYJ 16 3 0 -- 4 -- 0 -- 0 0 0 0
2003 TEN 16 2 1 0 1 -- 0 -- 0 0 0 0
2002 TEN 16 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- 0 -- -- --
2001 TEN 4 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

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