Wide receiver Kenny Britt tweeted Tuesday that he believes 2013 will be his final year with the Tennessee Titans.
Here is Britt's tweet: “Looks like the Titans pullin that Jared Cook card .. Looking like this the last year ill be sayin #TitanUp .. So lets make it a Great year”
Britt is referring to the Titans allowing Cook to walk away as a free agent in March, rather than franchising him or signing him to an extension. Cook, who was openly disenchanted with his role in the Tennessee offense last year, signed a $35 million extension with the St. Louis Rams on the first day of free agency.
Britt is in the final year of his rookie contract, and the Titans have shown little inclination toward extending his deal, given his off-field issues, trouble with injuries and inconsistency.
Britt said Monday that he would love to have a bigger role in the Titans offense.
“I'd love to be involved as much as they want me to be, as much as I've been in the past couple of years I've been there. But as the game rolls out, I'm there when they need me. I'm not the coordinator and I'm not the quarterback. They decide on where the ball goes,” Britt said.
Britt was even benched for a few plays at the start of the second half on Sunday in Houston after his second holding penalty in as many weeks.
The 2009 first-round pick did catch four passes Sunday against the Texans, but for just 28 yards. He had one catch for 15 yards against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the season opener.
Offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains took issue with Britt's two penalties in the opener at Pittsburgh, one of which was a holding call that Britt said was to keep Chris Johnson from taking a clean shot.
“Kenny understands what's going on. Kenny needs to work on not having penalties and doing his job,” Loggains said. “He had the holding call and the illegal formation.”
Britt was asked if he beat himself up over his penalties in the Pittsburgh game and responded, “Nope, not at all. Penalties happen. Sometimes when you try to save a player from getting hit, you'd rather just take a penalty than get that player hurt. Offside penalties and false start penalties you want to try to avoid. We know that we can make it and in the back of my head I know I'm not gonna make those mistakes again,” Britt said. “I got a hold. He got off the block quicker than I expected and he was about to hit CJ, so I took that penalty.”
After the Steelers game, Britt told TitanInsider that he was not worried about numbers, just winning and would not demand that more passes come his way.
“I don't go out there and demand the ball. I just tell them what I see out there and what's going on, how they're playing me and stuff like that, as in what plays we can run against that coverage,” Britt said.
While Britt is still in the plans for this season, it appears the Titans are already laying the ground work to move on from him if they choose. They moved up in the second round of this year's draft to take Justin Hunter of Tennessee. Also, the previous year, they spent a first-round pick on Kendall Wright and they kept an extra receiver on the roster after Michael Preston had a strong training camp and preseason.
For the second straight week, Coach Mike Munchak addressed Britt in his Monday press conference.
“This week, again, if we converted on a couple things, and he gets a chance to get a run after the catch, he would’ve had a big game. He’s going to be part of it. It’s week two,” Munchak said. “We’ve played two good defenses. Let’s wait and see how things progress as we go forward with the receivers. Either he’s catching the balls or Kendall (Wright) or Nate (Washington). Last year it was CJ (Chris Johnson) not getting enough carries. Somewhere one of these guys isn’t going to get enough touches. We’ve got some players that we need to stay on the field for 80 plays and maybe then we’ll get the ball moved around a little better.”
As for Britt being benched for a couple of plays Sunday, Munchak said it was to refocus Britt after his mistake on the penalty.
“I think that’s more of two weeks in a row he’s had a holding call. I think it was more of get him out and refocus him. We can’t have that in the game. We do this with other players also when something comes up more than one time,” Munchak said. “It was more of making sure we’re on the same page with that so he’s smart with his hands.”
Munchak reiterated that Britt can still have an impact on the Titans' offense.
“I think he can. We think he can. He needs the season to develop and continue to get the opportunities. That’s where we are as an offense,” he said. “The only way to get certain guys playing is having them play. You need to get NFL plays. You can only get so far with practice to get yourself organized, get yourself ready to play. These guys need to be out there playing with on the job training. I think that’s where he’ll develop and get to where we think he can be.”