Bernard Pollard: Justin Hunter can destroy a defense


Titans safety Bernard Pollard thinks one of the most dangerous receivers he’ll face this year is a receiver he faces on the practice field — and who is currently buried deep on Tennessee’s depth chart.

Pollard said Justin Hunter, a rookie receiver who has been getting ripped by the Titans’ coaching staff this summer, has so much talent that facing him is scary.

“When Justin realizes he can go in there and single-handedly destroy a defense, I think this team is going to be in for something,’’ Pollard said, via Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean. “And we need Justin Hunter to perform now, we can’t wait. Because we are chasing that Lombardi Trophy and he’s the kind of guy who could help us get it.”

Pollard compares Hunter to Bengals receiver A.J. Green, and Pollard believes Hunter can be every bit as good as Green.

“I can’t wait until Justin Hunter realizes that he is a star,’’ Pollard said. “I can’t wait until he realizes that. It is out of control how good that guy could be.”

At the moment, Hunter is no better than the Titans’ fifth receiver, behind Kenny Britt, Nate Washington, Kendall Wright and Damian Williams. He’ll have to prove he belongs on the field at all before he can destroy a defense.