Justin Hunter
Justin Hunter
27-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
Questionable
Injury Shoulder - Labrum
2018 Fantasy Outlook
After recording a mere four receptions for 23 yards and a touchdown last season it was somewhat of a surprise that the team re-signed Hunter to another one-year contract. With Antonio Brown, Juju Smith-Schuster and second-round pick James Washington also on the roster, Hunter will likely be fighting just to make the Steelers' roster coming out of camp. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $870,000 contract with the Steelers in April of 2018.
Needs surgery for shoulder
WRPittsburgh Steelers
Shoulder - Labrum
December 13, 2018
Hunter (shoulder) will undergo surgery in the near future to repair a torn labrum, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The Steelers shuttled Hunter to injured reserve two days after he hurt his shoulder in the Week 13 loss to the Chargers, spelling an end to the wideout's season. Hunter should recovery from the procedure well before training camps get underway next summer, but he's not guaranteed to stick around with Pittsburgh since he'll become a free agent after the current season concludes. While playing on a pair of one-year contracts the past two seasons, Hunter has struggled to carve out much volume behind starting wideouts Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster, drawing just 23 targets across 12 games.
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How do Justin Hunter's 2018 advanced stats compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Air Yards Per Game
51.6
 
Air Yards Per Snap
2.10
 
% Team Air Yards
5.1%
 
% Team Targets
1.9%
 
Avg Depth of Target
19.8 Yds
 
Catch Rate
23.1%
 
Drop Rate
0.0%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
1.0
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Justin Hunter's measurables compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
* The Cone Drill metric is from his Pro Day. All others are from the NFL Combine.
Height
6' 4"
 
Weight
203 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.44 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.33 sec
 
Cone Drill*
7.19 sec
 
Vertical Jump
39.5 in
 
Broad Jump
136 in
 
Hand Length
9.38 in
 
Arm Length
33.25 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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A 2013 second-round selection, Hunter never emerged as a consistent threat in Tennessee, ultimately getting released at the end of last preseason. He then caught on with a receiver-needy Buffalo squad, yet caught only 10 passes for 189 yards and four touchdowns in 12 games. Hunter's size (6-4, 203 pounds) could make him an occasional deep-ball/red-zone target for QB Ben Roethlisberger, but he'll probably have to fight for a roster spot as a depth receiver for Pittsburgh.
The Hunter hype train derailed in 2015, as the athletic receiver underwhelmed for a third straight season since being picked in the second round of the 2013 draft. Quarterback Marcus Mariota preferred to throw to more polished route runners, and second-year man Dorial Green-Beckham seems to have the inside track to supplanting Hunter as the main vertical threat. Hunter will have to show an unprecedented level of maturity and attention to detail if he's to have any chance of topping 500 receiving yards for the first time in his career.
After a rookie year in which he flashed big-play ability, Hunter found himself on a lot of sleeper lists in 2014, but he never saw consistent opportunities in an erratic Titans offense. At 6-4, 203, with 4.44 40 speed and exceptional athleticism, Hunter still managed 17.8 YPC, but caught only 42 percent of the balls thrown his way for a pedestrian 7.4 YPT. Part of the problem was the revolving door at quarterback, and this year Hunter will have to adapt to another one in rookie Marcus Mariota. Moreover, the Titans brought in more competition in the form of free-agent signees Hakeem Nicks and Harry Douglas and second-round pick Dorial Green-Beckham to go with incumbents Kendall Wright and tight end Delanie Walker. But Hunter has the physical skills to be a star should he show more consistency and develop a rapport with Mariota. Hunter also missed the last four games of the year with a lacerated spleen, but is healthy and expected to be ready for training camp.
Last year’s second round pick, Hunter showed flashes of big-play ability, catching four balls of 40-plus yards on only 42 targets. At 6-4, 203 with a 40-inch vertical, and running a 4.44 40, Hunter has the physical specs to be a No. 1 receiver, and with Kenny Britt gone, the Titans need one. Kendall Wright and Nate Washington reside atop the team’s depth chart, but neither profiles as a red-zone threat or consistent downfield playmaker.
Taken in the second round by a team that already had Kenny Britt, Nate Washington and Kendall Wright on the roster, Hunter might seem like a long shot to make an impact this year. But given Washington's expendability and Britt's constant injury problems and run-ins with the law, Hunter could get his chance before too long. At 6-4, 200, running a 4.4 40 and posting a 40-inch vertical leap, Hunter is arguably the most athletic receiver from April's draft. He's not especially quick in short areas, though so he profiles more as a deep threat who’s hard to catch once he reaches his top gear. Hunter also could make a nice red-zone target and is probably better positioned to fill Britt's shoes than either Wright or Washington, should Britt go down.
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Lands on IR
WRPittsburgh Steelers
Shoulder
December 4, 2018
Hunter (shoulder) has been placed on IR.
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Exits with shoulder issue
WRPittsburgh Steelers
Shoulder
December 2, 2018
Hunter injured his shoulder during Sunday's game against the Chargers and won't return to the contest, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
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Won't play Sunday
WRPittsburgh Steelers
Coach's Decision
November 4, 2018
Hunter (coach's decision) is listed as inactive for Sunday's contest against the Ravens, Teresa Varley of Steelers.com reports.
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First two-catch game since 2016
WRPittsburgh Steelers
October 28, 2018
Hunter caught two of his four targets for 15 yards during Sunday's 33-18 win over Cleveland.
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Surprise inactive in Week 2
WRPittsburgh Steelers
Coach's Decision
September 16, 2018
Hunter (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Chiefs, Dale Lolley of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.
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