Two weeks after trading Dorial Green-Beckham to the Eagles, the team on Friday released Justin Hunter, a source informed of the move told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. The Titans also cut third-year running back Bishop Sankey.
It was just a matter of time for the fourth-year Hunter, who openly acknowledged he was on the roster bubble.
"I just feel like I need to put something spectacular on film," Hunter said before Thursday's preseason finale against the Dolphins, per the Tennessean. "Just to show that I've got it."
Hunter notched three catches for 27 yards against the back end of Miami's roster, simply not enough juice from a player with only 50 catches over his past two seasons. The former Making the Leap candidate failed to impress new general manager Jon Robinson, who saw much more potential in fifth-round receiver Tajae Sharpe and veteran Rishard Matthews.
As for Sankey, the first runner taken in the 2014 draft, he was the odd man out in a log-jammed backfield led by DeMarco Murray and rookie Derrick Henry.
We expect Sankey to get another look somewhere else. Hunter, meanwhile, still offers enticing athletic gifts. The trick, however, will be turning this underwhelming and inconsistent pass-catcher into a weekly threat.
The Titans -- a franchise no longer operating as a safe house for hyper-frustrating skill players -- are moving on.