Kenny Britt's bad week got even worse on Sunday.
Britt, who got called on the carpet and admonished by General Manager Ruston Webster for a tweet on Tuesday that he believed 2013 would be his last year as a Titan, had more problems in Sunday's 20-17 victory over the San Diego Chargers.
While rookie Justin Hunter was making the game-winning catch in the waning seconds from Jake Locker, Britt never got on the field for the last drive. Tennessee's other five receivers all rotated in on the 94-yard march, while Britt stood and watched.
Britt's day started off poorly on the very first play when he dropped a pass in the flat from Locker and was booed by the fans at LP Field. Two plays later, third-and-10 became third-and-15, thanks to Britt's false start penalty.
In all, Britt finished the day catching none of the five passes that were thrown his way, plus had two penalties, and at least one drop. Another catchable deep ball was knocked away. Britt now has as many penalties this season - five - as receptions through three games.
“I'm not disappointed in that (drop). I'm just disappointed in my whole day,” Britt said. “Sometimes, you don't have good games and I've just got to bounce back this week.”
To make matters worse, Britt missed a few plays after being upended and landing on his head, trying to catch a high throw.
“I couldn't feel nothing in my left shoulder, to tell you the truth. I heard one of my ribs crack. They took x-rays and it showed no crack, so I'm happy about that,” Britt said.
Britt said there was no carryover from the rough week he had regarding the tweet.
“I put that (tweet) behind me after talking to the GM and I talked to Munch. Nobody really talked about it after we had our conversation,” Britt said.
Offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains is trying to soothe Britt, although the mistakes the receiver has made are tough to ignore.
“It's just unfortunate. He just started slow. He had a dropped ball early, but Kenny came back in here and celebrated with his teammates. He's an unselfish guy. I know he had a tough week last week, that that's the perception of him,” Loggains said. “He wants to play better. He wants to be part of it.”
With Hunter's big play, that could potentially cut into Britt's playing time even more.
“Competition makes everyone better. He understands that Justin is coming and he's coming fast. The last three weeks have been big weeks for him, and Kenny is still a physical specimen that is going to be part of this offense,” Loggains said. “We can't have dropped balls from anyone. We can't have penalties.”
While Britt has stepped, other receivers have compensated. Hunter had the game-winning catch; Nate Washington had a big day with eight catches for 131 yards, and Kendall Wright caught all six passes that were thrown his way Sunday for 71 yards.
Despite his problems, Britt said he hasn't lost faith in himself.
“My confidence isn't shaken at all. … They're expecting us to make the plays. That's why we get paid and that's why they come see us,” he said.
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