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."
Despite the tremendous hype, Hunter is still a very raw player entering just his second season, and the Titans don't have many appealing names at quarterback. I have no doubt that Hunter will catch 6-8 touchdowns this year, at least making him a fine bye-week replacement. But consistency and respectable yardage totals are probably be asking for too much. He is a WR4.