The Tennessee Titans appeared thin at wide receiver during the first day of training camp.
That is not to say that the team didn't have plenty of bodies on the field, but the absence of Kendall Wright and Kenny Britt was glaring.
The Titans have yet to work out a deal with first-rounder Kendall Wright because of issues over fourth-year guaranteed money and offset language in the deal. Also, Kenny Britt is recovering from minor knee surgery, and has been placed on the PUP list to start camp. Britt is also dealing with another off-field issue.
With Wright and Britt absent from camp most of the focus has shifted to Nate Washington, the Titans lone wideout to reach 1,000 yards receiving last season.
"I know those guys will be here eventually." Washington said, "I see a different room right now, the good thing is that we can focus on who's here right now. Marc (Mariani) is coming along, being a lot more involved in the offense. I have a lot of confidence in the guys that we have around right now."
Washington is now the elder receiver on the team, and takes pride in being a “pay it forward”-type player by mentoring younger receivers. But one thing he says he won't do is try to advise Wright is anything with his stalled contract negotiations.
"I'm going to let it be." Washington said, "You want to have your teammates out there on the field with you but this is a business. I know for a fact that he is working out and that's my main focus."
When Washington was asked about what he thought of Britt's latest predicament following a DUI arrest last week in Kentucky, he responded was a very blunt "no comment."