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Titans Need Kenny Britt in Camp

Jul 30, 2009 – 10:45 PM
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Jeff Fisher told the Tennessean today that first-round pick Kenny Britt is close to a deal to get him into camp on time. The Titans began reporting on Thursday and will open up training camp Friday afternoon, so the clock is ticking.

No team wants to see their first-round pick hold out, but more than most first-round picks, Britt needs to be in camp on time. (Update, Aug. 2: Britt signed a multi-year deal with the Titans. Financial terms were not disclosed immediately.

If things go well, Britt will be a key part of the Titans' passing game this year because 1) he has the kind of size and speed that's hard to find in a wide receiver 2) the Titans wide receiving corps is still one of the thinnest in the league, even after signing Nate Washington as a free agent and 3) who else is going to catch the passes not thrown to Washington and Justin Gage, Paul Williams or Chris Davis?

But there's also a couple of issues working against Britt. It's tough for rookie wide receivers to make much of an impact -- it seems to be a position where it takes at least a year to get fully comfortable with making reads on the fly and adjusting to the faster speed of the game, and Britt struggled to stay on the field in minicamp with a hamstring injury. Not only did he miss reps, but you always have to worry about hamstring injuries because they can linger as a nagging injury that is just a missed step away from returning.

Jeff Fisher is already talking about the need to take things slowly to ensure Britt doesn't reinjure his hamstring. Hopefully for the Titans, this will be a forgotten memory in a couple of weeks, but if Britt isn't ready to contribute when the season starts, Tennessee doesn't have many other options for a No. 3 receiver.
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