Monday, September 16, 2013
On expecting production from Britt, now
By Paul Kuharsky
Kenny Britt sat out a stretch of Sunday’s game after his second holding penalty in as many weeks. Per Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean, Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak said the time on the sideline was to allow Britt to “refocus.”
On Monday, Britt said he’s hopeful the team will get him more involved.
He ranks as the Titans' No. 1 receiver. But he’s not really acting like one, which makes it hard for the team to treat him like one. Being the No. 1 wideout on a team determined to be run-first can be frustrating.
Still, there should be plenty of opportunity for Britt to seize. He needs to take it, not wait for it to be given to him. Let’s see him run every route hard and with precision. Let’s see him fight fewer balls and haul them in.
The Titans spent a first-round pick on him in 2009 because they loved the way he can get off a jam at the line. Too infrequently have we seen him rough up a DB at the line and go on to provide a viable target, even for an uncertain quarterback.
Would he be better with a better quarterback than Jake Locker? Probably. Britt might have had a 71-yard TD late in regulation if Locker hadn't overthrown him on a short pass against a big blitz.
But Jaguars WR Cecil Shorts wasn’t a starter for the first month in Jacksonville last year, and with Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne throwing to him, Shorts still amassed 979 yards and caught seven touchdowns. If Shorts can excel with those quarterbacks, Britt can excel with Locker.
Britt caught four passes for 28 yards in Houston, with a long of 9. That came after the opener in Pittsburgh, where he caught one pass for 15 yards.
Munchak reminded people Monday it was only Week 2 and said Britt will be involved more in the coming weeks.
But I looked it up, and no rule prevented the Titans from involving him more in Week 1 (when they didn't really need him) and Week 2 (when they certainly did). Why wait, exactly?
There is no need to save him for later. They say his knees are not an issue.
Get him going ASAP. If you can’t in relative short order, then call his contribution gravy, throw elsewhere, and give more of Britt’s chances to Justin Hunter, the guy you thought was the best receiver in the draft.