Tennessee Titans first-round wide receiver Treylon Burks has been on a roller coaster start to his rookie season.

After concerns about his conditioning this summer, Burks quickly impressed at the start of training camp with his physicality and strong hands.

He was looking lean and mean, and his practice success reflected that. As the Treylon Burks highlights came pouring in daily, the more of a role he had within the Titans offense.

Things however, did not materialize quite how the Titans hoped in Burks’ first NFL game action.

Burks had just one target in the Titans preseason opener in Baltimore, and it came on a jump ball that was under thrown by Logan Woodside in the 4th quarter.

Burks still being in the game in the fourth is rather unprecedented, and probably speaks to where the Titans coaching staff feel he is at in his development.

Quite simply, Burks needs the reps. He wasn’t always involved in minicamp over the summer, and the Titans are still working towards consistency with him. His practice success has not translated to the games just yet, and it’s important to take advantage of every opportunity to get him reps.

Titans wide receivers coach Rob Moore detailed more of that to the media before Monday’s practice, and discussed the areas in which Burks needs to improve moving forward:

“I think at the end of the day, he’s gotta get adjusted to the speed of the game how he has to play. He’s gotta play a little bit faster,” Moore told media on Monday.

“I think he blocked well in the run game…but really it’s just a matter of taking the technique and the fundamentals to the game.”

While Burks was open on a couple of his routes during the game, the Titans coaches clearly didn’t feel great about the way he attacked the game plan or gained separation.

It’s obvious that Burks has all the physical tools of a pure WR1, but bringing those qualities to the speed of the NFL and adapting is a completely different battle.

Burks will not be short on reps on this week’s joint practices with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the preseason game against the Bucs on Saturday. That will give him yet another chance to prove he can execute in game situations.

Hopefully the rookie comes with more consistent execution and can make a few plays against a very good Tampa Bay defense.

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