WR Justin Hunter - Free Agent
|6-4, 196||Born: 5-20-1991||College: Tennessee||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2013|
2018 Week 8 vs CLE (4 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
Replacing James Washington in three wide receiver sets, Hunter was close to breaking this game even further open. During the second quarter, Hunter displayed reliable hands in traffic and was on the receiving end of a reception going for 12-yards. This was the first first-down for the Steelers on the day. In the second half Ben Roethlisberger threw two deep passes to Justin Hunter, one of which could have been a touchdown.
2016 Week 5 vs LA (1 / 1 / 4 / 1 rec)
Justin Hunter was claimed off waivers a week before the game and debuted for the Bills against the Rams. His only target was in the endzone on a play in which Tyrod Taylor scrambled long enough to draw the defenders away. This play resulted in a TD catch but it was not drawn up to get Hunter the ball. With a very poor WR corps, Hunter has a chance to push through the ranks.
2016 Week 6 vs SF (2 / 1 / 30 / 1 rec)
Justin Hunter only had one reception but it was good enough for Tyrod Taylor's first TD pass of the game. Taylor dropped the ball perfectly for Hunter who was a step ahead of his defender in the endzone. Hunter is not heavily involved in this offense but he made it count when he needed to.
2016 Week 7 vs MIA (4 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec)
With Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods, and now Marquise Goodwin injured, Justin Hunter is now the Bills go-to WR. He had a few endzone targets against the Dolphins but could not get away from the defender in either situation. Hunter has not stood out in the 3 games that he has played with the Bills.
2016 Week 8 vs NE (5 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Justin Hunter had a good amount of targets but poor throws doomed his stat line. He did manage to draw a defensive pass interference while almost catching the ball with one hand. Hunter is another bit player in this offense.
2016 Week 9 vs SEA (1 / 1 / 5 / 1 rec)
Justin Hunter had one target all day and it happened to be the Bills only passing TD. Hunter was wide open in the endzone, the LB did not even bother to cover him.
2016 Week 12 vs JAX (1 / 1 / 16 / 1 rec)
Justin Hunter only had one target but he did great with it. As Hunter was being covered tight by two defenders entering the endzone, Tyrod Taylor had to throw a high ball and hope his receiver could make a play. Hunter did just that and climbed the ladder for a jumping TD catch. In a Bills' passing offense that is reliant on making the big play at the right time, Hunter fulfilled his role.
2016 Week 13 vs OAK (4 / 1 / 22 / 0 rec)
Justin Hunter was able to snatch a tipped ball out of the air on his second target for a big 22 yard gain. However, he was not able to catch any of his other targets. Hunter was unable to get space from his defender throughout the game. Hunter was the 3rd WR target and will drop further if Robert Woods comes back.
2016 Week 15 vs CLE (3 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)
Justin Hunter continued his trend of not doing much. He did receive an endzone target but it was a fade far overthrown.
2016 Week 17 vs NYJ (2 / 1 / 64 / 0 rec)
Justin Hunter had only one catch but it was the biggest one of the day. While running down the field, the corner covering him tripped; Cardale Jones hit Hunter for 64 yards. Hunter hasn't done much this season and this catch should not be indicative of further success. He is a free agent next season.
2015 Week 1 vs TB (2 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
Justin Hunter was the third receiver for the Titans. He is ahead of Dorial Green-Beckham, but didn't do anything in this game to solidify his spot or threaten to move into the starting lineup. Hunter drew a pass interference penalty in the end zone, but it was a very soft penalty that Hunter sold by falling away from the ball instead of fighting through the defender to try and win the ball in the air. Hunter drew that penalty against Alterraun Verner, a cornerback he had previously beaten outside for an 11-yard gain on 2nd-and-8. With the Titans playing more two tight end sets than expected, Hunter's involvement suffers. He will need to make more impact plays to force his way back onto the field in a more prominent role.
2015 Week 2 vs CLE (2 / 2 / 34 / 0 rec)
Hunter had just two receptions for 34 yards. One was the result of a double catch down the sideline while the other saw him adjust to a low pass over the middle. He never actually caught his second pass, but the Browns didn't challenge the incorrect play call.
2015 Week 3 vs IND (2 / 1 / 29 / 0 rec)
Justin Hunter didn't have to wait long to get his fourth reception of the season. The receiver beat Vontae Davis downfield on a post route for a big play during the first quarter. Unfortunately for him, he disappeared after that play.
2015 Week 5 vs BUF (6 / 4 / 38 / 0 rec)
Justin Hunter was more heavily involved in the passing game than usual. His first target of the game came early on in the first quarter. He should have caught a pass for a first down on 3rd-and-long, but couldn't take advantage of his favorable positioning on a slant route against Stephon Gilmore. Hunter caught his second pass, another slant route, when he showed more natural ball skills to pluck the ball out of the air on the move. For his third target, Hunter adjusted well again to a slightly off target pass but this time he was tackled immediately for minimal gain. A shallow crossing route for a first down late in the second quarter allowed him to show off some YAC ability, as did an out route on 3rd-and-11 in the third quarter that he converted for a first down. Mariota looked for Hunter twice deep down the field when the Titans needed a play late in the fourth quarter. He couldn't catch either pass but both were difficult plays to make.
2015 Week 6 vs MIA (4 / 3 / 54 / 0 rec)
Hunter wasn't involved much on offense. His first target came in the second quarter. He adjusted well to a high pass from Mariota to complete a curl route for a 12-yard gain. Hunter caught two passes from Zach Mettenberger on the final drive of the game when the game had long been decided.
2015 Week 7 vs ATL (4 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
With Harry Douglas sidelined through injury, Justin Hunter got to start across from Kendall Wright. He didn't do much to say he should continue in that role. Hunter caught Zach Mettenberger's first pass of the game for a short gain in the flat. Hunter had to wait a few series for his next target, but this time it came deep down the field. Hunter showed off good ball skills to adjust to an underthrown ball, but turned his head as the ball arrived leading to a drop. Hunter couldn't make up for that missed opportunity, but he did make an impressive adjustment to an outside pass in the third quarter for a first down.
2015 Week 8 vs HOU (3 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
Justin Hunter hasn't been given many easy catch opportunities this season. Most of his targets have come on contested catches and he has failed to impress in those situations. Early in the second quarter, Mettenberger threw him a deep pass that wasn't perfect but it gave him an opportunity to fight for the ball. He couldn't get ahead of the defensive back after breaking infield on his route. Hunter compounded his inability to make that catch by negating a first down gain on a screen play because of a penalty. Hunter eventually caught a comeback route for a first down in the third quarter. Another short reception was added in the fourth quarter, a comeback route where he showed off impressive feet on the sideline, but Hunter's display as a whole left a lot to be desired.
2015 Week 9 vs NO (4 / 3 / 17 / 1 rec)
Justin Hunter saw only four targets on Sunday, hauling three of them in for 17 yards. Amazingly, this was his third consecutive week with exactly 17 yards receiving. Teammates Delanie Walker and Dorial Green-Beckham received the bulk of the targets on Sunday, a trend which will most likely continue and relegate Hunter to an afterthought for the Titans offense and for fantasy lineups.
2015 Week 10 vs CAR (4 / 4 / 47 / 0 rec)
Hunter was comfortably the Titans' best receiver against the Panthers, but that wasn't saying much. The receiver group combined for just one reception in the first half, a short throw to Harry Douglas. Hunter immediately rectified that in the third quarter, catching a curl route against Josh Norman's tight coverage for a nine yard gain. That drive eventually stalled, but Mariota went back to Hunter before the end of the third quarter on the other side of the field. The receiver caught a quick out route for five yards. In the fourth quarter, Hunter caught a mirror-image of his first catch again working against Norman. This time it came on 3rd-and-17 and was way short of the first down marker. With the game decided, Mariota found Hunter down the sideline for a big gain. The receiver suffered what appeared to be a serious injury late in the fourth quarter when a defender rolled up on his legs from behind while he was blocking.
2014 Week 1 vs KC (8 / 3 / 63 / 0 rec)
There is plenty of excitement about Hunter's potential this season. He was targeted on the Titans' first drive of the game, but Locker overthrew him when he was covered down the sideline on a Third-and-3. When the Titans were closing on the goal line in the second quarter, Locker looked to his big receiver. His first jump ball pass fell too short, giving the defender a chance to intercept it, before Locker threw a back shoulder throw that forced Hunter to make a difficult adjustment for the reception. That slightly off target pass likely cost Hunter a touchdown as he couldn't fall into the end zone after bringing the ball in. Hunter didn't get a chance to finish that drive off with a touchdown, but he converted a long third down by coming free over the middle at the start of the next drive. Hunter can be a special receiver. If he becomes a special receiver, it will be because of his incredible athleticism and ball skills. To start the third quarter, he showed off both of those aspects of his game. He beat the cornerback he was facing with ease down the sideline before comfortably catching the ball over his head. Hunter was targeted a lot, but many of his targets were uncatchable.
2014 Week 2 vs DAL (6 / 2 / 26 / 0 rec)
Hunter was expected to have a huge game against the Cowboys secondary. However, his first half was completely ruined by Locker's display and he didn't help himself in the second. Hunter's first target came in the second quarter as the Titans failed to sustain drives in the first quarter. He ran a deep sideline route when Hunter horrendously underthrew him and forced him to turn into a defensive back rather than receiver to prevent the interception. Hunter's next target came on the next drive, when Locker threw him an uncatchable pass on a short curl route. He was well covered. Towards the end of the third quarter, Hunter dropped a perfect pass from Locker down the right sideline. He initially adjusted well to the pass, but just let it fall out of his hands as he went to the ground. In the fourth quarter, he compounded that with a dropped touchdown pass in the back of the end zone. Hunter had one big play in the fourth quarter, but it was a very disappointing day for him on the whole.
2014 Week 3 vs CIN (7 / 3 / 37 / 0 rec)
Hunter was targeted for the first time at the end of the first quarter, but again, just like last week, Locker missed him badly. Hunter was running a deep in route with a defender on his back, but Locker threw the ball behind him. Hunter's first catch came in the second quarter, when he caught a short curl route before breaking a tackle to escape down the sideline for a first down. Hunter wasn't being involved much in this game as Locker focused on Kendall Wright more than any other receiver. He did catch a short in route in the third quarter on 1st-and-20. On 2nd-and-13 late in the third quarter, Hunter ran a crisp out route to catch a 12 yard pass.
2014 Week 4 vs IND (5 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)
Hunter's first target was intercepted and it was largely his fault. After Whitehurst extended the play in the pocket, he threw a high pass to his receiver down the field. While the ball was high, it wasn't that high and Hunter was wide open to adjust to it. Hunter reacted to it and reached up to grab it, but the ball bounced off his hands straight to a Colts defender. Hunter wasn't targeted again until the fourth quarter, when Whitehurst led him out of bounds on a deep sideline route. His first catch came on a Zac Mettenberger pass, when he ran a deep curl route against tight coverage.
2014 Week 5 vs CLE (5 / 3 / 99 / 1 rec)
Hunter's first target came on the Titans second drive of the game. He didn't catch the ball, but he never got the opportunity as he was interfered with by Browns cornerback Joe Haden. That proved to be a big play as it set up the team's first touchdown score. Hunter did get a catch on his next target, which came in the second quarter. He caught the ball at the sideline for a first down against tight coverage on an out route. After being on the peripheral of the offense early, Hunter became a focal point before halftime. Locker couldn't find him on a shallow cross that set up a long third down, but Hunter made a great play to convert that third down. Locker threw him the ball at the line of scrimmage against off coverage. Hunter stood up Joe Haden, before running inside a linebacker to get 11 yards. Kendall Wright finished that drive off with the touchdown in the endzone, but Hunter wouldn't have to wait long for his own score. To start the very next drive, Hunter was wide open deep down the field. Whitehurst found him with an accurate pass that allowed Hunter to stride to the endzone.
2014 Week 6 vs JAX (5 / 3 / 77 / 0 rec)
As Charlie Whitehurst struggled early on, Hunter wasn't targeted When the ball first came his way, he created a big play. Hunter was wide open on a deep crossing route after play action. The young receiver's second reception of the day almost went for a touchdown, as he ran down the seam before being tackled at the one yard line. Hunter's final catch of the day came on a deep in route over the middle of the field for a first down.
2014 Week 7 vs WAS (2 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Justin Hunter is a fixture on the field now, but not a fixture in the passing attack. He did open the game with a quick reception underneath, but finished it with just that reception. Hunter was targeted down the field soon after his first reception, but he dropped the ball on a deep corner route.
2014 Week 8 vs HOU (10 / 4 / 31 / 1 rec)
Hunter saw the Titans first two targets of this game. He slipped on an out route for his first, but caught the second for a first down gain by the sideline. On Third-and-20 in the second quarter, Hunter caught a shallow crossing route for a short gain. In the third quarter, Hunter caught a quick out for a couple of yards against off coverage. With the game decided, Hunter caught a touchdown pass on a quick in route during the final two minutes of the fourth quarter.
2014 Week 10 vs BAL (2 / 1 / 17 / 0 rec)
Hunter wasn't targeted on the first drive of the game as Mettenberger focused on getting the ball to Delanie Walker. On the second drive, he had to wait for his opportunity, but then that opportunity came on third down and went for a big conversion down the sideline. Hunter caught a deep out route against tight coverage just before going out of bounds. Although he followed his first target up with an athletic adjustment on the ball for his second on a play that would have given him 31 yards, Hunter ruined it with an offensive pass interference penalty.
2014 Week 11 vs PIT (4 / 2 / 48 / 0 rec)
Against the blitz on Third-and-Long in the second quarter, Hunter caught his first pass of the game. He was stopped well short of the first down marker though as the Steelers dropped off their coverage. On 1st-and-10, Hunter caught a deep curl route before turning the cornerback in space to run down the sideline for a big play.
2014 Week 12 vs PHI (10 / 4 / 64 / 1 rec)
Hunter couldn't bring his first target in as he was well covered on a quick slant route. His second target went for a huge touchdown reception, as an Eagles safety tipped the ball to him over the middle of the field. Hunter caught the ball before beating a defender in space to get to the end zone. Late in the second quarter, Hunter caught a shallow crossing route for seven yards. At the end of the same drive, Hunter was open in the end zone on a slant route, but Mettenberger overthrew him. Late in the fourth quarter, Hunter added another short reception on a slant route. On the Titans' final drive of the game, Hunter could have had a huge touchdown reception when he created separation behind the Eagles' deepest defender. However, Mettenberger's pass sailed and was behind the receiver. Hunter tried to adjust to the football, but the ball came off his hands.
2014 Week 13 vs HOU (3 / 1 / 18 / 0 rec)
Hunter didn't catch his first target...at least, he didn't catch the ball. Instead he caught a huge hit to his midsection from an incoming safety on a post route. Hunter stayed down after the play, but came out for the next drive. Early on that drive he caught a comeback route for a first down. That was his only catch of the game.
2013 Week 3 vs SD (2 / 1 / 34 / 1 rec)
With Kenny Britt struggling, Hunter found his way onto the field in the second quarter. He immediately showed off why he was so highly thought of as he sprinted in behind the Chargers secondary, but he was unable to coral the ball in a situation that would have given him a relatively easy touchdown. Hunter dropped that touchdown early in the game and realistically he shouldn't have been given his late game-winning touchdown either. Hunter made an athletic reception, but he obviously pushed the defensive back.
2013 Week 4 vs NYJ (1 / 1 / 16 / 1 rec)
Hunter wasn't involved on offense in the first half, but with seven seconds left in the second quarter he caught a touchdown. Much like he had done in the previous week, Hunter made an athletic reception on a pass that Locker put up for him to win.
2013 Week 5 vs KC (3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Hunter came in during the third quarter when the Titans were in the redzone. Kenny Britt had just dropped a pass in the endzone and Hunter did the same on a difficult jump ball. On the final drive of the game, Hunter dropped a wide open crossing route deep down the field and Sean Smith got to a slant pass before he could on consecutive plays.
2013 Week 6 vs SEA (1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Hunter caught his first pass in the first quarter. He ran a shallow crossing route on third and nine and got past the first defender to get to the sideline. With just a yard to go for a first down, Hunter passed up the simple run forward and tried to spin around an incoming defender. It cost his team a first down.
2013 Week 7 vs SF (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Late in the third quarter, the Titans brought Hunter onto the field for a jump ball in the end zone. Hunter got above the defensive back, but couldn't come down with the catch. Late in the fourth quarter, Locker looked to Hunter in the end zone on another jump ball, but it went just out of his reach.
2013 Week 9 vs STL (2 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
Hunter was involved much earlier in this game than he had been in any other previous game. On the first drive, he converted a third down with a slant route when he used his size to shelter the ball away from a defender. Hunter's next reception came on third down again, but early in the fourth quarter. Hunter settled down well underneath against zone coverage for the easy conversion.
2013 Week 10 vs JAX (7 / 2 / 51 / 0 rec)
Hunter caught Ryan Fitzpatrick's first pass. The rookie receiver ran a short curl route on first and 10 for 10 yards. Hunter made an outstanding reception deep down the sideline in the third quarter. Even as he was interfered with, he rose above the defender and fully extended to snatch the ball out of the air.
2013 Week 11 vs IND (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Hunter was targeted once, in the fourth quarter. He ran down the sideline and made a very athletic attempt to catch an underthrown pass from Fitzpatrick. He left the game after that with a head injury.
2013 Week 12 vs OAK (6 / 6 / 109 / 1 rec)
Hunter caught a pass over the middle of the field on third and 11 for a first down on the first drive of the game. During hurry up offense before the end of the second half, Hunter caught a comeback route for a first down. Early in the third quarter, Hunter caught a wide open pass by the sideline before turning two defenders inside out. He then sprinted down the sideline for a touchdown. Hunter caught another first down pass early in the fourth quarter as he came free across the middle of the field. On third and seven late in the fourth quarter, Hunter beat his cornerback inside at the first down marker for the reception. Again, on third down, Hunter found space over the middle of the field for a first down reception with just one minute left in the game.
2013 Week 13 vs IND (5 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Hunter had just one target in the first half. He couldn't make a tough hands catch with his arms extended over the middle of the field. Hunter's first reception came early in the third quarter as he ran a short crossing route for a first down.
2013 Week 14 vs DEN (8 / 4 / 114 / 1 rec)
Hunter converted the Titans' first third down of the game, as he ran a curl route for 10 yards. On the very next play, Hunter beat the defender deep to catch a huge pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick down the sideline. Hunter came wide open for a huge touchdown reception in the third quarter. He created so much separation that even Fitzpatrick couldn't miss him. Hunter caught a seven yard curl route on the final drive of the game.
2013 Week 16 vs JAX (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Hunter returned to face the Jaguars after missing the previous week's game for breaking team rules. He wasn't targeted in the first quarter and couldn't catch an overthrown pass from Fitzpatrick down the seam at the start of the second quarter. Hunter was barely involved because the Titans focused on running the ball and Fitzpatrick looked to other receivers.
2013 Week 17 vs HOU (3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Hunter had a tough day, but it wasn't exclusively his own doing. He didn't have a reception, but twice Ryan Fitzpatrick threw him inaccurate passes that he couldn't extend to bring in.