Burks has been one the few bright spots in the Titans offense to begin the season. While the rookie still has a lot of growing to do, he has had a consistent and impactful role on the offense in his first two career games.
Burks is building on his performance week after week, and may be on the verge of a break out. In both games, the Titans have missed opportunities to hit Burks on a deep-ball when he was open, and yet he still has been their most consistently open receiving option.
After two games, Burks leads the team in targets (11), catches (7), and receiving yards (102), and oh yeah, he’s the NFL’s highest graded rookie WR by PFF through Week 2.
Treylon Burks is PFF’s highest graded rookie WR through two weeks 👀 pic.twitter.com/Jr5FZevxN6— NFL Rookie Watch (@NFLRookieWatxh) September 22, 2022
The early success is likely just an indicator of the great things to come for Burks in Tennessee, and the rookie is not taking his foot off the gas.
Burks has approached the Titans’ coaching staff and asked for more opportunities to help the team. Special teams coordinator Craig Aukerman told the media that Burks asked to step into the punt returner role, given the team’s recent struggles with fielding punts clean.
Craig Aukerman says #Titans WR Treylon Burks approached the coaching staff and asked for an opportunity to return punts.— AtoZ Sports Nashville (@AtoZSports) September 22, 2022
Wanted to be the guy, given the teams struggles with fielding punts clean.
Philips told the media Thursday that he’s not lacking in confidence when it comes to returning punts, and it’s not related to his shoulder injury. Philips believes it’s a technique issue with how he’s tracking the ball.
For now, he’s focused and correcting his fundamental mistakes and proving he still deserves to be back there for the Titans:
Burks may want to be “the guy” for the Titans returning punts, but for now, it seems that he would be an unlikely choice.
The Titans rookie has been so impactful on offense, and is currently the only weapon proven to have explosive play capabilities. That makes him an asset you can’t afford to lose.
Reading between the lines of Aukerman’s interview, Burks is a few spots down the line for viable punt return options, likely behind Philips, Robert Woods, Amani Hooker, and maybe even Mason Kinsey (practice squad).
Either way, it’s nice to know the rookie wants to pull his weight. Being willing to step up goes a long way toward turning things around for the Titans in 2022, and it’s hard not to love a rookie that wants to put his team on his back.
Hopefully all that energy and eagerness gets harnessed into his routes, and Burks can really turn it loose in the upcoming weeks.
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