Pro Hogs- Treylon Burks is primed for a breakout season in 2024

Dec 31, 2023; Houston, Texas, USA; Tennessee Titans wide receiver Treylon Burks (16) drops a pass
Dec 31, 2023; Houston, Texas, USA; Tennessee Titans wide receiver Treylon Burks (16) drops a pass / Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports

It looks like Treylon Burks might have his best season yet.

The former Razorback hasn't had the best luck since going pro. His rookie season was plagued by one thing after another. During his first time at OTAs, he had to leave practice early due to asthma/conditioning problems. The media and Titans' fans acted like it was the end of the world after trading AJ Brown to the Eagles for the pick that Titan's used to drafted Burks.

In his first two seasons with Tennessee, Burks had the following injuries: turf toe, knocked out/concussion versus the Eagles, LCL sprain, knocked out/concussion again versus the stealers. Long story short, Burks hasn't had a fair shake.

In the last two years, Burks has shown flashes of greatness. Even in his injury against the Eagles, Burks still scored a touchdown despite being unconscious. 

Luckily, Titan's new head coach, Brian Callahan, seems highly optimistic about Burks' role in 2024. "He gonna play everything. We've told him that from the beginning," Callahan said when asked how Tyler Boyd's role will impact Burks. "[Burks is] gonna play inside. He's gonna play outside. He's gonna carve out a role for himself... His work that he's put in has been really impressive."

It wasn't just his work ethic that Callahan was impressed with. On the Titan's most strenuous day of practice, Burks ran 3,591 yards and then hit a top speed of 22.6 miles per hour. Callahan said that speed leads the team. It was also faster than any player recorded in the 2023 season.

New wide receivers coach Tyke Tolbert was also high on Burks. "He's really strong. When he's running a route and he cuts, pieces of the turf come up out of the ground. So, he's got a powerful plant... I didn't really know how well [Burks] was until I got here and saw it in person.

"We brought him in for a thirty visit when I was in Chicago," said Tolbert, remembering his evaluation of Burks before the 2022 NFL draft. When Tolbert arrived in Nashville, he wanted to ensure Burks knew he was still the same guy killing it on his college tape.

"I sat him down and said, 'Look, you're the guy I saw kill Alabama DBs, kill LSU DBs. In the NFL, guess who you're playing against. Alabama DBs and LSU DBs."

Time will tell if his body can handle it, but now that Boyd and DeAndre Hopkins take eyes off of Burks, and because the Titans have switched to a pass-friendlier offense, he could have the most opportunities since turning pro.

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