Why the Titans should cut ties with Justin Hunter
Justin Hunter was arrested on Monday for assault where he allegedly stabbed, cut and wounded the victim in a Virginia Beach bar. Hunter was already in coach Whisenhunt’s doghouse, so this latest incident may leave the Titans doing a little cutting of their own.
Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt called out Hunter last month and had this to say about the receivers recent performance…
“At some point, you either get it or you won’t be in this league anymore. That’s the natural order of the NFL.”
Whisenhunt was more less talking about the former second round draft picks play in the last two seasons. Hunter had only 28 catches last year for 498 yards and three touchdowns. He is not progressing like the Titans believe he should, and now this arrest may put him through the thin ice he was skating on.
But the two main reasons I think the Titans should cut ties with Hunter are: Marcus Mariota and Dorial Green-Beckham. First of all, you have a new young quarterback that may be the franchise guy for the next decade. He needs positive energy around him, and also needs someone he can rely on to help him grow and reach his potential. It just doesn’t look like Hunter is that guy.
Speaking of positive energy, who needs that more than Dorial Green-Beckham, who has had his off-the-field issues as well. In fact, that’s the only reason he slipped to Tennessee in the second round of May’s NFL Draft. He needs to be separated from negative energy and publicity. He needs the best opportunity to make the most of his situation and not underachieve, much like Hunter has done since being drafted in the second round in 2013 out of Tennessee.
The Titans will be absolutely fine without Hunter and it may be one of those addition by subtraction type of scenarios. They brought over Harry Douglas from Atlanta and Hakeem Nicks from Indianapolis. They also drafted Tre McBride, a wide receiver out of William & Mary. Douglas and Nicks, to go along with their number one WR Kendall Wright, and big time TE Delanie Walker, the Titans should have enough weapons to help get the former Oregon Duck flying high in his first season under center for Whisenhunt.
If the Titans do decide to let Hunter go, I would like to see them sign another free agent wide receiver. So they may need to make that decision quickly as training camps are here and we are just about three weeks away from the first pre-season game. Hunter is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in a Virginia Beach court.
Do you think the Titans should cut ties with Justin Hunter or do they need him on the roster? Let us know what you think in our comment section below.
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