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Locker, coaches wanted Hunter in game for final TD

Struggling Britt stayed on bench for game-winning drive. Terry McCormick

Print This September 23, 2013, 10:04 AM EST
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Justin Hunter became a hero in part on Sunday because of the on-going struggles of Kenny Britt.

Hunter, the Titans' second-round draft pick in Aprilk made his first NFL catch a memorable one, hauling in a 34-yard TD toss from Jake Locker with 15 seconds left in the game, lifting Tennessee to a 20-17 win over the San Diego Chargers.

Offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains said that Locker and the Titans coaching staff wanted Hunter in the game at the end, even though he had dropped a 50-yard touchdown pass earlier.

“We have a lot of faith in Justin. Justin is going to be an extremely special player,” offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains told TitanInsider.com. “When we had to have it, that's a guy that Jake wanted in, that's a guy that we wanted in as a coaching staff. We knew we were gonna give him a jump ball, and there was an extreme mismatch no matter who was covering him. He was gonna go up above them and catch the ball.”

That is in contrast to Kenny Britt, who had no catches Sunday after tweeting Tuesday about 2013 being likely his last year in Tennessee. If Hunter emerges and continues to make big plays, Britt might turn out to be right about his time as a Titan, as he could be phased out as the team's primary X receiver this year unless he turns things around.

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Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com

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