NASHVILLE — Congratulations! You made it to the end of another Tennessee Titans offseason. As players, coaches, staffers and media prepare to report on Tuesday morning, an update on rookie receiver Treylon Burks looms large.

The question: how long will it take Burks to earn trust in Tennessee?

For all of the storylines surrounding and involving the newest Titans weapon, there is still so precious little we know about Burks as a new member of this team. The 22-year old is a far cry from a finished product. He’s only just arrived.

What we see from Tennessee’s 2022 first-round pick this week could go along way in rectifying a few early missteps.

Burks’ conditioning will be the theme

Treylon Burks
Mar 3, 2022; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Arkansas wide receiver Treylon Burks (WO05) goes through drills during the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

According to Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated, plenty of NFL teams had concerns with Burks in pre-draft workouts.

The offseason did nothing to alleviate that as the rookie struggled to complete practices continuously in May and June. The revelation that Burks deals with asthma from wide outs coach Rob Moore was given due consideration, but words from Burks’ college head coach lent themselves to a larger trend.

“I’m assuming he didn’t show up in great shape,” said Arkansas coach Sam Pittman on 104.5 The Zone’s 3HL last week. “It was the same thing when he was a sophomore. He wasn’t in great shape. He couldn’t last through practice. It’s not that he quit, he just couldn’t do it anymore. He was out of shape. I don’t know what hunting hogs does for your cardiovascular, but evidently, not a whole lot.”

Burks left college early as a junior to pursue the NFL and ended up landing with the Titans as the 18th overall selection.

In nine games as a sophomore, Burks caught 51 passes for 820 yards and seven touchdowns in nine games. Junior Year was the breakout season after Burks responded to Pittman’s conditioning challenge to jettison himself into Top 20 pick territory. Burks solidified himself as one of the greatest Arkansas wide receivers in school history with 66 catches for 1104 yards and 11 touchdowns to earn First-Team All-SEC honors.

Positive news ahead of Titans camp

ESPN’s Dianna Russini shared an update about Tennessee’s top draft choice in an appearance earlier this week on The Athletic NFL Show.

“Everything I’ve head since (the offseason) 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.”

For Burks, it may be just a trend. Enjoy the offseason, use early practices and conditioning to get up to speed, then come out and perform at the level we have all seen on film that he’s capable of. The young receiver has plenty of time to develop more consistent training habits as he grows in a professional capacity. For the time being, however, all eyes will be on Burks the minute he takes (or does not take) the practice field.

We learn just how much the Titans can count on Burks starting this Wednesday.

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