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Calvin Ridley on 'freak' Treylon Burks: 'He's like Julio (Jones), A.J. Brown, he's like (Terrell Owens)'

5/30/2024 11:27:41 AM
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There was a time when Treylon Burks figured to get the first crack at replacing A.J. Brown in Tennessee. Now just two years later, the Titans ostensibly have DeAndre Hopkins, Calvin Ridley and even Tyler Boyd ahead of him on the depth chart.

But give up on Burks at your own risk. He certainly hasn't yet.

Burks said Wednesday that his confidence is "through the roof" in spite of the fact he's entering a critical Year 3 after two disappointing seasons, Eric Edholm of reports.

"I'm having fun and (I'm) healthy," Burks said. "Can't be more blessed."

Ridley appears to be leading the cheerleading charge for Burks. The Titans' splash free-agency signing said his new teammate's physical gifts are on a different level.

"This dude is a freak, like seriously, bro," Ridley said, via Fox Sports’ Ben Arthur. "He's gonna be a stud. There's no worries."

It's hard to think the Titans' new coaching staff, led by head coach Brian Callahan, had no worries when it came to Burks and their wide receiver additions this offseason. Boyd followed Callahan from Cincinnati and figures to be less of a threat to Burks' role and more of a veteran glue player. But signing Ridley to a massive contract this offseason – a year after general manager Ran Carthon signed Hopkins – suggested that Burks wasn't viewed as a sure producer this season.

"What I see, he's like Julio (Jones), A.J. Brown, he's like T.O. (Terrell Owens)," Ridley said. "Dude that big (and) that fast, man? He's a stud, man. You don't have to worry about him."

Earlier in May, Callahan said Burks is “gonna play everything” in the Titans' offense and that his work to that point had been "really impressive."

Burks said he likes the fit in the offense Callahan brought with him from the Bengals, comparing it in some ways to the system in which Burks played in college at Arkansas.

"It's fun, fast, where I'm used to, similar to what I did in college," he said. "So just study it, get better at it and have fun with it."

If Burks breaks through in his third season, the Titans might boast one of the league's best receiver rooms, top to bottom, which would be a huge boost for second-year quarterback Will Levis as he looks to cement a starting spot.

Ridley believes a breakout could happen once the mental element of Burks' game catches up to the physical part.

"He's just gotta learn how to slow the game down," Ridley said, "and he'll be alright."

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