Rookie receiver Justin Hunter, the Titans second round pick from the University of Tennessee, went through individual work on Wednesday, what turned out to be the Titans' final day of mini-camp.
The Titans had been careful with Hunter due to a mild hamstring injury, not allowing him to do much in OTAs in recent weeks or in the mini-camp.
“He's been running and doing some individual work with the trainers. Especially young guys, they want to come in and show you what they can do,” Titans coach Mike Munchak said.
Munchak said he empathizes with his rookie receiver, recalling his own playing days when an injury kept him off the field.
“It's just confidence because you feel like you don't belong when you get hurt. I've been through that,” Munchak said. “When you're hurt, you feel like an outsider and like you're missing out. He's been dreaming about the days of the NFL, especially when you're a rookie, so it's hard to come here and not be practicing.”
The hamstring injury isn't expected to keep Hunter out of training camp when it opens on July 25 (players report on July 24), but the Titans didn't want to risk it in non-contact OTA and mini-camp work.
“There were days we could have let him practice, could let him do a little more, but we didn't want to go through that with the hamstring,” Munchak said.
“They're competing. We've drafted guys in the last few years. … I think they've taken well to Shawn Jefferson and his coaching style,” Munchak said. “I think he's gonna bring out the best in everybody.
“It's been fun watching Kenny be healthy and not having to wonder about him. It's great to seek Kendall lose 15 pounds and run like a guy who is gonna break a lot of plays. And Nate Washington has had his best camp since he's been here. We've got some guys now that can make plays and we're excited.”