Justin Hunter’s last name removed from jersey after route running snafu

AP

In Saturday’s exhibition opener vs. Green Bay, Titans wide receiver Justin Hunter reportedly made a passing game gaffe, failing to properly convert a route.

As a former second-round pick for whom Tennessee has high expectations, Hunter won’t have his job status imperiled by an exhibition mistake.

But the second-year pro paid a price nonetheless.

According to Jim Wyatt of the Nashville Tennessean, Hunter’s last name was missing from his jersey on Monday, replaced an abbreviation — “J A G,” or “Just Another Guy,” as Hunter indicated.

Titans wide receivers coach Shawn Jefferson — who has publicly praised and criticized Hunter early in his pro career — helped get the name plate changed, according to the Tennessean.

“The receivers have been talking about that for a minute, since last year, just playing around. But then coach [Ken Whisenhunt] said something about it in a meeting … and said, ‘Justin, you can be a great player, but after that play, you look like ‘Just Another Guy,'” Hunter said Monday, according to the Tennessean.

The silver lining in this story? The Titans like Hunter enough to give him a hard time. At 23, he is young enough still for the Titans to believe the best is yet to come. But he’s not quite yet there yet.

After all, they messed with his jersey.