Justin Hunter, Tennessee's second-round pick, had no career catches for the first two games, 59 minutes and 45 seconds of his NFL career.
He made his first one count.
Hunter was the hero of Tennessee's final thrilling drive against San Diego, catching a 34-yard pass down the sideline with 15 seconds left to give the Titans a 20-17 win. For a guy who had never caught a NFL pass, Hunter showed veteran savvy by pushing off the cornerback just enough to go up and make the game-winning grab.
Hunter's career got off to a rocky start, and he was a healthy scratch in Week 1. Tennessee quarterback Jake Locker can relate.
Locker, who hasn't yet established himself as the clear quarterback of the future three years after Tennessee made him a first-round pick, had perhaps his finest moments in the Titans' game-winning drive against San Diego. Given two minutes and no timeouts, Locker covered 94 yards on the drive, completing 7-of-9 passes (not counting a spike to stop the clock).
And with the game on the line, he turned to the rookie who hadn't made a catch in his career. It was a pretty important highlight for both players.