- Tennessee Titans rookie WR Treylon Burks might begin the year as the No. 3 WR.
- The electric rookie from Arkansas hasn’t gotten off to a hot start in camp.
- But NFL and fantasy football Twitter has heard this before.
The Tennessee Titans are beginning a new era of wide receivers after trading away A.J. Brown to the Philadelphia Eagles. The Titans then selected Treylon Burks in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft and nabbed quarterback Malik Willis later on, forming their new QB-WR duo of the future.
However, the latest report on Burks, a standout at Arkansas, isn’t as promising as many expected (h/t Joe Rexrode of The Athletic).
In fact, at this point, Burks realistically projects as WR3 to start, because Nick Westbrook-Ikhine continues to make strides as a playmaker. Burks has had to bail out of some work this spring and has been held out of some things, and wide receivers coach Rob Moore recently confirmed he has asthma. Mike Vrabel said that shouldn’t be an issue, but Burks clearly isn’t in top shape, and it may take him some time to become a major producer.
That doesn’t sound promising whatsoever, and Burks slotting in at No. 3 behind newly-acquired Robert Woods and Nick Westbrook-Ikhine is not what everybody expected.
The Latest Treylon Burks Update Reminds Everybody Of The Justin Jefferson Situation
However, we have seen this situation before.
The most notable time was with Minnesota Vikings star WR Justin Jefferson. Do you remember?
NFL fans and fantasy football players remember that situation before Jefferson exploded on the scene in his rookie campaign.
Remember when Justin Jefferson couldn’t beat out Bisi Johnson?
Or when Ja’Marr Chase couldn’t catch?
Or when Terrace Marshall was the steal of the draft and a no-doubt superstar? https://t.co/fAN2xiDYmN
— Dave Latham, Eternal Bucs Fan (@DLPatsThoughts) June 21, 2022
I'm having "Bisi Johnson is ahead of Justin Jefferson" flashbacks 🤣 https://t.co/Vd6UCaF5Ws
— AndyRML (@RateMyLeague) June 21, 2022
Justin Jefferson only took second-team reps. Ja’Marr Chase dropped passes. Buy. The. Dip. https://t.co/qJIHjiyGf0
— Calvin K (@Calvin_SGF) June 21, 2022
I remember when Justin Jefferson was behind Olabisi Johnson. https://t.co/vrTDRg4esc
— Jordan Loupe (@CantALoupe_FF) June 21, 2022
The point is, we have seen this before. Jefferson exploded in his rookie season, and Ja’Marr Chase and his preseason drops were another story, and Chase had a magical rookie year as well.
So, set this aside and wait and see how Burks does.