Pittman, who coached Burks at Arkansas, noted during an appearance with 104.5 The Zone that Burks had some issues staying in shape during his time with the Razorbacks.
“I’m assuming he didn’t go in there (to Titans minicamp) in great shape,” said Pittman. “It was the same way when he was a sophomore — he wasn’t in good shape. It’s not that he quit, he just couldn’t do anymore. He just was out of shape.”
That’s certainly not encouraging to hear if you’re a Titans fan.
ESPN’s Dianna Russini, however, offered an update this weekend that should ease concerns.
Russini appeared on “The Athletic Football Show” and discussed what she’s been hearing about Burks recently.
Treylon Burks chatter on the @TheAthleticNFL Football Show, courtesy of the always great @diannaESPN:— Easton Freeze (@eastonfreeze) July 24, 2022
“I’ve heard he’s in shape, I’ve heard he’s lost weight. I’ve heard there’s been so much growth already. And this is from an organization that doesn’t like to share…”#Titans pic.twitter.com/D10c7TbAmu
“Everything I’ve heard since then (minicamps) has been awesome,” said Russini. “I’ve heard he’s in shape. “I’ve heard he’s lost weight. I’ve heard there’s been so much growth already.”
“The stuff I’ve been getting from some people — some low-level people as well — they’ve heard he’s working out tons, he’s dropped the weight, he’s good to go. I think heading into camp, this is a really good first step considering I thought that was going to be an absolute disaster.”
It’s interesting that Russini, a veteran NFL reporter, felt like Burks was trending toward being a disaster. That shows that concerns have been warranted.
Russini’s update, though, should have Titans fans feeling better about Burks. It’s obvious from Russini’s comments and even Pittman’s comments that Burks is a hard worker who is far from lazy. He’s just had some conditioning issues for whatever reason.
NFL players all have their own challenges they go through — most of which we never hear about. We just happened to see Burks struggle with an issue in a very public way.
But fortunately for Burks and the Titans, it sounds like those issues may finally be in the past.
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