After his rookie season with the New York Jets, wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson wrote a book entitled Just Give Me the Damn Ball!
While I’m not suggesting that second year wide-out Kenny Britt author a book called Feed the Beast, I am suggesting the Titans coaching staff start having visions of numbers 28 and 18 dancing in their heads.
Chris Johnson has been shouting from the rooftops to the media, on Twitter and to anyone else who would listen, that teams are stacking eight and nine (coaches deny nine) men in the box every week to stop him.
Enter 6-3, 215-pound, former first-round pick from Rutgers - wide receiver Kenny Britt. Five weeks in a row he has hauled in at least one touchdown reception for the Tennessee Titans. He joins just two other receivers (Bill Groman and Chris Sanders) as the only ones in franchise history to accomplish that feat.
It is time to take the training wheels off the BMX bike and take us all for a ride. Something the Eagles secondary had to experience on Sunday first hand.
“They just started clicking with him (Britt). I am pretty sure they just decided to keep going to him; he was hot, “ Eagles safety Nate Allen said.
How hot was he? Britt was so hot that seven catches, 225 yards and three touchdowns later, he had put in the best game for a Titans receiver since Drew Bennett in 2004.
“A lot of times we had him doubled, so he did a pretty good job,” Philadelphia head coach Andy Reid said after the game. “I give the kid credit, he’s a good football player.”
Even offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger, who is usually stingy with praise, says Britt has the talent to be a top-five receiver in the league if he consistently applies himself to his profession.
With all that being said, there seems to be more work to be done off the field than on for Britt. There was the altercation at the Karma Lounge early Friday morning that almost put this entire discussion on hold.
After head coach Jeff Fisher sent Britt home with no practice on Friday, he did admit on Monday that not playing him at all on Sunday was indeed in the cards. Instead, Britt did not start the game but entered after the Michael Griffin interception at the 7:57 mark of the second quarter.
This 2010 Tennessee Titans have all the makeup to be just as good as the ’08 team; minus the 10-0 start, of course.
With a potential true No. 1 wide-out in Britt who can stretch the field, the best running back in the league, a defensive unit that has a knack for timely turnovers in the red zone and good special teams play, why can’t this team win the AFC South (which they currently lead at 5-2), and go to the playoffs?
Memo to Kenny Britt: Cut out the nonsense off the field and come to work like you want to be mentioned in the same breath as guys like Randy Moss, Andre Johnson and Reggie Wayne. Chris Johnson loves being drafted No. 1 overall by everyone in fantasy football; wouldn’t you like to be the first receiver taken in 2011 fantasy drafts?
Britt isn't a bad guy. He's not Pacman Jones, not by a long shot. He is simply a 22-year old with an infectious smile, who needs to mature and make better choices.
If that happens, it'll be time for him think about that book: Feed the Beast!