Tennessee Titans' Treylon Burks says he's 'a lot healthier' entering training camp. Here's why

Ben Arthur
Nashville Tennessean

Tennessee Titans first-round pick Treylon Burks said he feels “a lot different” and “a lot healthier” entering training camp. 

The rookie receiver, who had a rough offseason program defined by asthma and conditioning issues, acknowledged Wednesday he was concerned at one point about his health. But he said that he’s now lost “five or six” pounds since the end of organized team activities and took accountability for his poor start with the Titans in the spring, saying he’s worked at his conditioning and eaten healthier. 

To handle his asthma issues, Burks said he would put himself in situations where he knew it would “flare up” and then pushed through it. He's also found a routine of using an inhaler before and after practice. 

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“It’s made a pretty good difference,” Burks said of losing weight. “Really with my asthma and my breathing, just being able to handle it a lot better.”

Burks had a strong first day of straining camp, taking a full load in individual and team drills. He made three catches, including two in 7-on-7 work. His best catch of the day was a deep ball down the sideline, where he made a diving grab with cornerback Kristian Fulton in coverage. 

“I was concerned at one point because I couldn’t even go,” Burks said of his health. “It was getting to me and then (coach Mike Vrabel) came to talk to me. Just told me, ‘Don’t worry about it, just keep attacking every day.’ ” 

Quarterback Ryan Tannehill praised Burks for some of the catches he made at practice Wednesday. 

“He’s got a long way to go, but making plays like that does a lot for building for a quarterback like myself, just knowing what you’re going to get over there,” Tannehill said. “If he wins consistently and makes plays like that for me down the field, it gives you a lot of confidence to go his direction.”

“Proud of him in the way that he’s come out this fall and off to a good start.”

Ben Arthur covers the Tennessee Titans for The USA TODAY Network. Contact him at barthur@gannett.com and follow him on Twitter at @benyarthur.