EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J._ There couldn’t be a better place for wide receiver Kenny Britt, the Titans' 2009 first-round pick from Rutgers, to get his first touchdown of the season.
“My job is to make Vince look good, and he put it on a perfect spot,” Britt said of his 13-yard touchdown catch. “It was up high where nobody else could get it but me.”
After no catches in the opening win against Oakland, and five last week in a loss to Pittsburgh, mainly in garbage time, Britt remained patient biding his time.
“I’m coming in and doing whatever the coaches are asking me to do. Right now they are asking me to take a smaller role, and that’s what I’m doing,” Britt said.
This was not going to be any old ordinary game for Britt. Coming back to the place where he grew up was something he’s been looking forward to since the schedule came out.
“It was a confidence booster for me, and special to have a homecoming game for my friends and family,” Britt said.
With his mom looking on in the stands, Britt hauled in the touchdown catch, in the third quarter that extended the Titans lead to 19-10 and essentially slammed the door on the Giants' day.
With only four pass attempts in the first half by Young, it was apparent the Giants were keying on the running game.
“We wanted to throw the ball around in the second half and open up the run game for CJ,” said Britt.
Young would finish the day 10 of 16 passing for 118-yards and a touchdown.
Britt would come close in the first quarter to hooking up with Young on a deep ball down the sidelines before Kenny Phillips broke up the pass.
“I really didn’t know the safety was over there,” added Britt. I could have sworn I had a home run ball thrown that was going to be a touchdown, but they did a good job of disguising the coverage and having the safety come over.”
Last year when the Titans visited the Jets, Britt gobbled up 45 tickets for his friends and family. This year he said that he only bought 10 tickets because he has a son now.
Britt said in the locker room, that he was going to give his touchdown ball to his one-year old son.
As an added bonus, Britt was allowed to stay behind in New Jersey for one extra night to spend time with his son rather than accompany the team flight back to Nashville.