Already a proven scorer, Hunter eager to expand role with Titans

Justin Hunter already is bored.

After back-to-back weeks with leaping touchdown catches, the Tennessee Titans rookie is ready to do something else.

“It will be nice to get tighter coverage so I can get a chance to get around [a defender],” he said. “It’s a little more challenging. I haven’t shown that yet.”

The Titans traded up to take Hunter in the second round of this year’s draft because of his speed and athleticism.

The latter has been readily apparent in his game-winning touchdown grab against San Diego and his second-quarter catch last Sunday against the New York Jets. In both cases he went over a defender to catch the ball.

Four weeks into the season, those are his only catches – period. Only two rookies have more touchdown receptions.

MOST 2013 TOUCHDOWN RECEPTIONS BY A ROOKIE
(Through Week 4)

3 – Marlon Brown, Baltimore (14 receptions)
3 – Kenbrell Thompkins, New England (15 receptions)

2 – Justin Hunter, Tennessee (two receptions)
2 – Joseph Fauria, Detroit (four receptions)
2 – Robert Woods, Buffalo (11 receptions)
2 – Tavon Austin, St. Louis (20 receptions)

Hunter acknowledged Monday that following the Jets game his Twitter and Instagram accounts included a steady stream of references to him as someone who “only catches touchdown passes.”

Not much else has been asked of him, though. He was inactive for the opener at Pittsburgh and was on the field for eight snaps in Week 2 at Houston, 10 against San Diego and 14 against the Jets.

He aims to make sure those numbers continue to grow.

“I’m anxious. I just have to keep the production going, keep showing up in practice and keep doing the right things,” Hunter said. “They’re going to expect [the jump ball in the end zone]. So I’m going to have to start doing different things in games.”