WR Kenny Britt, Tennessee Titans
HT: 6-3, WT: 218, Born: 9-19-1988, College: Rutgers, Drafted: Round 1, Pick 30
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Average draft position
Current as of May 21st. [Full ADP list]Overall: D Richardson (96), E Manning (97), Kenny Britt (98), F Jackson (99), G Olsen (100)
Position: D Alexander (94-WR38), M Williams (95-WR39), Kenny Britt (98 - WR40), L Moore (101-WR41), D Moore (106-WR42)
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PPR Average draft position
Current as of May 21st. [Full PPR ADP list]Overall: D Alexander (84), D Jackson (85), Kenny Britt (86), A Brown (87), J Gordon (88)
Position: D Alexander (84-WR35), D Jackson (85-WR36), Kenny Britt (86 - WR37), J Gordon (88-WR38), M Williams (92-WR39)
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Kenny Britt has shown that he can be an effective receiver in the league, but two knee surgeries later has many doubting he can regain that style of play. Britt will enter the 2013 season one year removed from any surgical procedures. If he can put the injuries and his troubled off the field past behind him, he can be a worthwhile fantasy option. He is a high risk/reward player that can make or break your fantasy roster.
|1||at Pittsburgh Steelers|
|2||at Houston Texans|
|3||San Diego Chargers|
|4||New York Jets|
|5||Kansas City Chiefs|
|6||at Seattle Seahawks|
|7||San Francisco 49ers|
|9||at St. Louis Rams|
|12||at Oakland Raiders|
|13||at Indianapolis Colts|
|14||at Denver Broncos|
|16||at Jacksonville Jaguars|
2012 Game Summaries
Week 2 - Britt had an extremely quiet 2012 debut, with just one short reception for the entire game. He was in and out of the lineup, but had zero impact in the game.
Week 3 - From the beginning of the game, Kenny Britt was much the focus for Locker. Britt grabbed 2 catches for 24 yards on the Titans’ first drive. Britt is a large target, and took advantage of some suspect tackling from Detroit’s secondary. Britt showed flashes of top wide receiver potential. He consistently found holes in the defense and the showed strength in his hands to take catches away from defenders. Britt’s final catch of the day was completed for 3 yards, and Britt drug 2 Lions players for the final 5. After the catch, Britt left the game with an apparent ankle injury and did not return.
Week 5 - Britt was active against Minnesota but did very little with his five targets. He was often single-covered on the left side of the field but was not in sync with Matt Hasselbeck. Britt ran a number of go routes and in routes but was not able to get the ball on the run and had minimal impact on the game as a whole.
Week 6 - Returning from injury, Britt was utilized often by Tennessee in the game. For most of the game, though, he looked very rusty. Much like Johnson, a nice box score for Britt doesn’t even begin to tell the story of how he played. He had multiple drops – including one in the endzone prior to his touchdown catch and another on an easy quick slant. In fact, the touchdown catch didn’t even come easy, as he bobbled the ball before fully securing it. Britt did contribute outside of the box score, though, as he drew a deep pass interference penalty to set up Tennessee at the one-yard line. When Jake Locker returns, expect he and Britt to be more in sync – partially due to the assumption that Britt will get better and healthier each week and partially due to Locker being more willing to take shots downfield than Hasselbeck. Britt is still the most talented receiver on this team, and they’ll continue to feed him the ball.
Week 7 - It appeared Britt was in store for a big day as he caught three balls on the opening drive for 27 yards, including picking up 16 yards on his first catch and dragging two tacklers for extra yardage in the process. Later in the drive, Britt’s 3rd catch was clearly a designed play to get him in space. Dragging across the middle, pressure forced Hasselbeck to be late on the throw, allowing the coverage to collapse. And because of the pressure and resulting scramble, Wright also came back to Hasselbeck, bringing an extra defender with him. There was lots of open space and a potential blocker in Wright had the throw been on time. However, Britt would only receive three more targets (and one catch) the rest of the game. Britt declared himself “95% healthy” going in to the game and that certainly contributed to his not being on the field for every snap. Early Buffalo let the Titans formations dictate their coverage, but after the opening drive Britt rarely saw anyone other than Stephon Gilmore across from him. Gilmore did a tremendous job on Larry Fitzgerald the week prior, limiting him to one catch and 14 yards and he did a nice job on Britt on Sunday as well. Britt tried to run a comeback route on the Titans’ 3rd drive, but never was able to gain the separation necessary from Gilmore to complete the pass. It wasn’t only Gilmore limiting Britt, however, as it appeared Hasselbeck just stopped looking his way in the 2nd half, targeting him only once and often not even looking to his side of the field. Britt did manage to beat Gilmore’s (and the helping safety’s) coverage with just pure speed late in the 2nd quarter on a deep vertical route from the slot, but Hasselbeck missed the wide-open Britt. Had the pass been on target, Britt would have easily scored. The Titans’ second-to-last drive also appeared to have Hasselbeck targeting Britt on a deep sideline route, but a blitzing Shawne Merriman drove the left tackle into Hasselbeck’s lap, not allowing a throw and forcing him to scramble away from Britt before ultimately throwing the ball away. Britt looked explosive early and had little trouble winning with speed on the missed pass from Hasselbeck, but the course of the game didn’t call for much from the passing attack because of the success of the running game. Britt did a nice job in pass blocking as well, as it was his block on the outside, which allowed Johnson to break off his 83-yard TD run.
Week 8 - Britt ran mostly go routes and quick hitches as the Titans worked to increase their success in deep passes. Britt is excellent at recognizing coverage at the line of scrimmage and adjusting his route to a hook or slant if his man is playing off of him. Conversely, if the defender is tight to the line, Britt adjusts to run a skinny post or go route. He was targeted 5 times by Matt Hasselbeck, catching 3 passes for 34 yards. Unfortunately, Britt was also whistled twice for offensive pass interference including on one play that nullified a 22 yard touchdown. His best catch came on a 9 yard reception to the left where Britt showed deft hands and balance in running a crisp route and making up part of the yardage he had lost for the team on an interference penalty.
Week 9 - Hasselbeck started the game looking Britt’s way early and often. However, Britt got into the fumble excitement by allowing himself to be stripped and lose the ball to the Steelers. Every week I watch Britt, he seems to be looking more and more like himself. He used his wide frame to get open, and his speed to get separation on a number of mid-range routes. Britt also worked over the cornerback on a late-game 2 point conversion.
Week 10 - Targeted the most often by Jake Locker, Britt only caught the two balls, but is clearly the go-to receiver whether Locker or Hasselbeck is at quarterback. Swearing to be fully healthy, I will continue to wait for Britt’s breakout game. With the Titans firmly in control of this game by early in the second quarter, there was no need to take downfield shots, which ultimately hurt Britt’s ability to make a major impact on the game. But, now that Locker is back under center, and the run game is seemingly firing on all cylinders, the outlook on the playaction pass downfield is better than it has been at any point during the season. Britt did drop a pass on a short throw from Locker, but they need a chance to get back in sync after not playing together for more than a month. Although he may not have all of his explosiveness back after shredding his knee, he will be getting closer and closer every week, and with a talent upgrade at quarterback, Britt could be due for an explosion at any moment.
Week 12 - Britt quietly caught three balls against the Jaguars. He primarily ran out routes and curls on the left side of the field. Britt's best catch came on a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter. On the play, he lined up to the left side. Quarterback Jake Locker took the snap in the shotgun and lofted a high fade to Britt in the right corner of the endzone. Britt secured the ball and drug both feet inbounds for the score. Britt also recorded a reception as the Titans tried to lateral their way from their own 10 yard line to the endzone as the game clock wound down. For all intents and purposes he finished the day with three receptions, all on short patterns to the left side.
Week 13 - Britt had two receptions against the Texans including a nice 34 yard touchdown catch to the right side of the end zone. He was targeted often by quarterback Jake Locker but the quarterbacks accuracy did not provide many opportunities for Britt to make a catch. He primarily ran deep outs and go patterns to the right side and go patterns and deep crosses from the left.
Week 14 - Britt had an excellent game against the Colts. Indianapolis chose to single-cover Britt with Vontae Davis for most of the game and the tall, fast Titans receiver made them pay dearly. He caught eight of the nine balls that came his way for a game high 143 yards. Britt's best catch came on a 46 yard reception with a minute left in the first half. On the play, Britt sprinted down the left sideline on a go route. Even though he was interfered with on the play, he still managed to coral the Jake Locker thrown pass with one hand for a huge gain before being tackled. Britt primarily ran deep crosses, go routes, and deep slants as the Titans sought to attack through the air downfield while loosening up the middle of the field for Chris Johnson runs. Britt showed excellent footwork and strength in getting off the line and was precise in his route-running throughout.
Week 15 - Britt was shadowed by Antonio Cromartie. Cromartie did an excellent job taking Britt away by pressing him at the line of scrimmage. Locker tried to complete two deep passes down the left sideline, but Cromartie had safety help over the top and knocked the ball away.
Week 16 - Britt led all Titans receivers with six targets – catching two passes for forty-one yards. Britt caught a deep jump-ball pass from Locker for thirty-nine yards, showing great ball skills as he physically dominated Packers cornerback Casey Hayward. Granted, Hayward was likely uninterested in the game when the pass came late in the fourth quarter and the Titans slogging through Death Star garbage compactor-level garbage time. Britt followed up this long reception with a two-yard touchdown grab in which the Packers paid no mind to him as he walked into the end zone.
Week 17 - Britt finished the day with two short catches. The first came on a quick pass to the left that gained 10 yards. The second came on a quick out to the right that gained 11 yards and a first down as the third quarter wound to a close. Britt was also targeted twice on downfield routes but was not able to make a long catch. Britt's four targets (as well as one that resulted in penalty) made him the most targeted receiver on the day for Jake Locker. The Titans continue running Britt primarily on deep outs and deep crosses from the left side. He finished the season with a mere 45 receptions and 589 yards despite being one of Jake Locker's preferred downfield targets.