The Tennessee Titans took a large leap of faith during the 2022 NFL Draft. They traded away star WR A.J. Brown, and in turn, took Arkansas WR Treylon Burks to help fill the void of Brown’s departure. Early in minicamp, things haven’t gone swimmingly for the Titans rookie. Reportedly, he has struggled with the conditioning aspect of training camp. SI’s Albert Breer confirmed and expanded on this report.
Breer said that the situation with Burks and the Titans bears watching. He also mentioned, “He had to leave practice twice the other day, and he had trouble keeping his weight down through the pre-draft process. Teams heard he played in the 240s at points at Arkansas last year. He checked in at 225 at the combine, but was back in the 230s for some of his private workouts.” That is something to definitely keep an eye on for Tennessee and their fans. Burks has the athleticism to play at a bigger weight for his position because of his frame. That being said, conditioning is conditioning in the NFL.
In his article, Breer also said that his 40-yard dash time (4.55) at the NFL Combine didn’t help his draft stock. Some teams felt that time plus questions about his weight were worrisome. Therefore, he wasn’t on the same level as the wide receivers taken before him, according to a bunch of teams.
Treylon Burks was in and out of practice. Vrabel said that everyone comes along differently and he is working hard. Would not comment on his conditioning or if he had any allergy problems.
— Terry McCormick (@terrymc13) May 24, 2022
Time to worry?
Again, it’s early. The adjustment to the NFL can be difficult and time-consuming. For the Titans though, they need Burks to make an immediate impact. They traded for WR Robert Woods in the off-season, but he is coming off an ACL injury. Behind him, there is little proven depth. Burks has to provide a dangerous downfield target for QB Ryan Tannehill. The Titans believe they are in a winning window, and Burks is an important piece of that on offense in the short and long term.
Don’t forget that he has made some highlight plays in camp already as well. Those glimpses are exactly why the Titans spent a first-round pick on the WR.
OH MY TREYLON BURKS 👀 👀
— NFL on CBS 🏈 (@NFLonCBS) May 26, 2022
Patience. If these struggles continue for Burks as the season grows closer, then folks should certainly be worried. He has to show growth over the next few months. For now, don’t look too much into it. Just keep it tucked closely in your back pocket.