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Friday, October 29, 2010
On Kenny Britt's best and worst routes

By Paul Kuharsky

Wide receiver Kenny Britt won’t face any further disciplinary action from coach Jeff Fisher at this point for his involvement in a Nashville bar fight last week. So a week after he posted the best receiving day in the NFL this year, he’ll start and run routes for Vince Young, who worked as the starter all week and is expected to be back from knee and ankle injuries suffered Oct. 18.

Gary Horton of Scouts Inc. considered Britt this week and said the Titans receiver’s attention to detail has helped him become a much bigger threat.

Kenny Britt
Kenny Britt had a breakout game in Week 7, catching seven passes for 225 yards and three TDs.
“He has made some subtle changes that don’t tip defenders off and let DBs jump those routes,” Horton said. “For example he would either raise up or look down just before he would make his cut and it gave the DB a chance to close on the ball … Now he doesn’t give the break away and show any tendencies.”

I took that to Titans receivers coach Fred Graves, who said he doesn’t think that’s been an issue for Britt.

“It’s not about him getting lower or higher,” Graves said. “It’s all about the steps that he takes. If you watch him run what we call a deep over, a dig route, he gets in and out of that -- boom. On a comeback, he’s taking a step and then he’s crossing over and that’s delaying him getting out of his route.

“We always tell them, the way you slow down to get in and out of your breaks is to drop your hips and get your shoulders down.”

But all the Titans' receivers and receivers in general run some routes better than others, Graves said.

Nate Washington is an artist on a comeback but he struggles to stop and get started again on a double move. Justin Gage runs skinny posts that are hard to follow, but has a harder time elsewhere. Larry Fitzgerald doesn’t run very good stop routes or pivot routes.

“They’ve all got good routes, bad routes, in between routes,” Graves said. “… It’s only Kenny’s second year. Jerry Rice probably didn’t get good at some routes until his third or fourth year.”