When I wrote a blog earlier this offseason wondering whether expectations might be too high for Titans wide receiver Justin Hunter, teammate Michael Preston was quick to respond on Twitter, comparing Hunter to Randy Moss: "Thts a Yung Moss … He gone be Alright."
Preston didn't back down from that comparison when he was asked about it Monday at the Titans' NFL Play 60 Character Camp.
"Not only is the sky the limit, I think he's going to be alright (personally)," Preston said of Hunter, who was suspended for the 14th game of the season last year and didn't catch a pass in his final two contests afterward.
"I know how great a player Randy Moss was, and in my mind, there's no reason Justin can't be the next greatest player … I just want to be there to support him. I know he's going to grow, make a great leap this year, and impress the city and fans with his talent."
I asked Preston what impressed him most about the 6-foot-4, 203-pound Hunter, who averaged nearly 20 yards per reception on his 18 catches as a rookie last year.
"The one thing that stands out to me is the way he attacks the ball – and his leaping ability," Preston said. "Of course, he has to make the same type adjustments I had to make with height, staying low and being physical at the line. But the thing that stands out is the way he attacks the ball and how he's able to make that big play at any moment."