Justin Hunter was a spectator in Week 1, watching in street clothes as the Titans beat the Steelers.
He made his debut a week later against the Texans but never had a pass thrown his way.
In his second NFL game, the rookie wide receiver made his first NFL catch -- and it was a big one, snagging Jake Locker's 34-yard pass for a touchdown with 15 seconds left to lift the Titans to a 20-17 victory over the Chargers.
Might the big play open the door to more chances for the former Tennessee Volunteer?
"I haven't gotten any promises," Hunter said on Monday, the winning-catch football by his side. "I think I am a patient person. I don't get in anyone's face and say 'you have to put me in right now.' My time is going to come."
Hunter deserves more chances soon. Yes, he's had his share of rough moments, but he looks steady when standing next to turbulence-magnet Kenny Britt.
On the 10-play, 94-yard game-winning drive against the Chargers, the Titans put Hunter on the field instead of Britt, who had two drops and two penalties in the game.
Despite playing 123 more snaps than Hunter so far, Britt has only eight more yards -- 43 yards on five catches, compared to 34 yards for Hunter on his one reception.
Coach Mike Munchak wouldn't commit to more snaps for Hunter as the Titans (2-1) prepare for Sunday's game against the Jets (2-1), though it's clear the rookie has gained more respect from the coaching staff with solid practices the past three weeks. Injuries to Damian Williams and Kendall Wright helped give Hunter more reps.
"It is wait and see," Munchak said Monday when asked whether Hunter might have a bigger role. "It is Week 3, and we are still finding ourselves in a lot of ways. ... But I think you saw why we thought it was good to draft him in the second round. We saw the talent and the big-play ability that he brings to an NFL team and now it is a matter of how he fits. But you make plays, and you continue to get opportunities as we go forward."
Munchak chose his words carefully when discussing Britt, who stirred up controversy last week with a Twitter post about his future with the Titans. He said a lot of offensive players have been inconsistent so far.
As for speculation that Britt could be released or traded, Munchak would not address it specifically. A first-round pick in 2009, Britt is in the final year of his contract.
"We are just worried about next week. We are not worried about down the road, what could or could not happen next year or this season," Munchak said. "He is on our football team and is trying to help us win football games. He is like anyone else -- we need him to continue to play better just like as an offense we have to continue to play better."
Hunter, meanwhile, was still beaming when talking about his game-winning catch. He's been flooded with well-wishes from friends and family, and playful slaps from teammates and coaches.
Offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains credited Hunter's "thick skin" for allowing him to brush off waves of criticism from coaches and teammates during training camp.
"He is going to be a great player once he understands the game and the system and the offense," veteran tight end Delanie Walker said. "Once he realizes he is a key player in this offense, and he will be, he is going to be an explosive player and he is going to win games for us."