Tennessee’s Treylon Burks can prove the skeptics wrong

Treylon Burks

Treylon Burks
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Before the 2021 NFL season started, before the preseason started, before the team’s minicamps started, from the moment Ja’Marr Chase was drafted, people were calling him a dud. I’m not a saint in this situation either. He wholeheartedly believed the Bengals should have selected Penei Sewell with the fifth overall pick. When they didn’t, I grew bitter and swore to always slander Chase with every fiber of my being. With every drop in the offseason, every little lapse in judgment during a play, there I was laughing in front of my TV screen, twirling my cartoonishly evil mustache and laughing at the inevitable downfall of an overrated LSU catcher.

But I’m damned if his rookie season didn’t impress me. Even someone as jaded and bitter as myself couldn’t help but watch Chase’s inaugural season in utter awe as he broke record after record, helped lead the Bengals to the Super Bowl, and melted my cold heart. I like to think that I have become a better football fan since then. I’ve learned not to judge players by the potential other players could have brought had they been drafted in his place, and I’ve learned that sometimes even star players can have a hard time adjusting to the speed of the NFL from the start. beginning.

Apparently some fans haven’t. As the new wave of rookie receivers arrive, fans continue to find ways to tease them less than a week after the OTAs.

Tennessee Titans wide receiver Treylon Burks could not finish his first practice in the NFL. Burks struggled with the intensity of practice and left the field after the first wide receiver drill. Burks came back out later, but was rushed back to the coach’s room a short time after his reappearance. Many were quick to blame Burks’ poor debut on his lack of conditioning. Maybe, but that has never been a problem for him in the past. Some blamed the heat in Nashville. Doubtful. Burks played in Arkansas. Why wasn’t this a problem back then? In reality, Burks’s problems were probably related to his asthma. After all, he spent most of his first season in the coaching room with an inhaler, according to reports.

As a former athlete who also battled asthma, I can definitely speak to the feeling Burks was probably enduring at this first practice, but as is the case with many athletes today, some days are worse and better than others. Burks most likely had one of those horrendous days, and sadly, it coincided with his first day of practice.

Do you know why I think this is the most likely scenario? Some reasons. One, even Titans head coach Mike Vrabel didn’t seem too upset about the whole situation. After practice, Vrabel told reporters, “I think it’s hard to think that they can recreate, with a coach, how we do things, and we see that with guys that came back and started our offseason program and guys that have attached to a few weeks. It’s just different. I know they’re working and they think they’re trying to get in shape, but that’s not the case. That’s something we have to focus on and try to make sure we’re working, but with all of them, we’re trying to be as smart as possible.”

Vrabel didn’t hold back and called out players who have struggled in their early practices, but at the same time, Vrabel also claims he’s seen this happen before, and hopes Burks bounces back now that he metaphorically got his teeth kicked in. by the intensity of an NFL practice. That’s exactly what Burks did too!

went through practice without any problem on Saturday. Maybe it was a fluke, but he also got through his third practice very well. Like I said, it was probably just a bad day for Burks, who now knows what to expect from NFL minicamp. Like Ja’Marr Chase, Burks will be fine, but keep sleeping on him. That way, when he turns out great, I can be the one to say “I told you so” instead of like it was last year with Chase.

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