The NFL.com team is putting together a list of 25 players that are poised for a breakout year in 2014. Number 21 on that list is Justin Hunter.
Here are a few of the good things they had to say about the former Tennessee Volunteer:
He fits the profile. After nailing Josh Gordon, Alshon Jeffery and Michael Floyd as breakout stars coming off tantalizing but inconsistent rookie campaigns, we can't ignore Hunter's obvious physical gifts.
His hands are a concern because that's a tough problem to shake. Unreliable mitts, however, don't necessarily stop a talented wide receiver from breaking out. Terrell Owens never got over his problem with drops. Brandon Marshall struggled with drops, especially early in his career. Dwayne Bowe still does.
They (Chris Wesseling and Gregg Rosenthal) continue to delve deep into the obstacles, expectations and projections here.
It is great that Justin Hunter is getting some national recognition. Hunter is a humble player who took his licks at Tennessee, where he was banged up and often put in bad situations by mediocre QB play. Hunter then transitioned to the NFL where he was shown some tough love by Shawn Jefferson in an attempt to toughen the rookie receiver up. Apparently the message was received, as Justin Hunter was not only a force taking the top off of defenses, but also over the middle and making people miss in the open field.
The sky is the limit for Justin Hunter, and it isn't just Titans fans that think so. If this team can get some consistency, there could be a lot of number 15 jerseys in the stands by the end of 2014.