AFC South Blog
Hearing Justin Hunter get compared to Randy Moss is nothing new. The Titans' young wideout has heard those refrains since his days at the University of Tennessee. Even one of his teammates said it last month. He is just that physically talented.
One thing Moss was known for in his amazing career was his leaping ability. Hunter has similar hops -- he recorded a vertical leap of nearly 40 inches at the NFL Combine -- and has been putting them to good use in camp. Probably too good if you ask the Titans' defense.
According to John Glennon of the Tennessean, Hunter has been dominating the defense on fade routes near the goal line. He adds that Hunter has been "all but unstoppable" on such plays.
"He's so big and so long, and he has the ability to jump, and he has such a big catch radius," quarterback Jake Locker said of Hunter. "You're able to put the ball a lot of places to give him a chance. That puts a lot of pressure on the defense at that point."
Of course, which wide receiver doesn't like scoring touchdowns over and over? The 6-foot-4 Hunter is having a lot of fun picking on smaller cornerbacks and is looking forward to a similar role during the regular season.
"They want to use my big frame, so they throw it to me there," Hunter said. "The cornerback has to turn his back at some point to try to defend me. That's when I can use my leaping ability to go over the top of him – before he gets a chance to figure it out."
ESPN's Colts beat writer Mike Wells reports Trent Richardson is off to a slow start again this year, and Wells gives this notable opening line in a Wednesday post:
"Look at Indianapolis Colts running back Trent Richardson's preseason rushing statistics and you probably want to climb to the top of the nearest mountain and scream, 'Here we go again!' at the top of your lungs."
It's one thing for a beat writer to have observations, but it's another when Wells quotes the Colts GM Ryan Grigson as saying "Trent, he needs to answer the bell and do his job to the best of his ability, We're all accountable here. He's such a hard runner, we know how tough he is, but he's got to produce just like all these guys do on this final 53."
Richardson dropped off significantly last year after being trading from the Cleveland Browns to the Colts for a first-round pick.
CBS Sports insider Jason La Canfora has said WR Andre Johnson "showed no signs of rust from his time away from the team this offseason. He was showing up all over the field, making one incredible catch in the back of the end zone, staying in bounds and holding on to the ball in a red zone drill."
The "time away from the team" mention relates to when Johnson held out of OTAs in hopes of a trade and then missed a lot of practice time this month because of a hamstring injury.