Kenny Britt knows he has not played well this season.
It has reflected of late in his diminished playing time, as Britt did not start last week against the Kansas City Chiefs in his first game back from missing a week with a sore neck and ribs.
It also has the Tennessee Titans themselves in a predicament, because they want Britt to play his way out of the slump he has been in all season. But they can't afford to have performances like Britt had Sunday with one catch among the six passes thrown to him, with at least two key drops mixed in.
“I'm a competitive guy and I know I can go out there and do better than what I did on Sunday,” Britt said. “There were some plays I left out on the field and I know that's not me. And that could have helped us win the game.”
Britt seems to have found his way at least partially in the doghouse with offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains and Coach Mike Munchak. However, the Titans won't go so far as to make Britt a healthy scratch, hoping he can somehow right himself soon. Britt even admits that he isn't exactly the favorite son right now with his play thus far in 2013.
“There's some bumps in the road, but there's always going to be bumps in the road. This is definitely a bump in my career right now, these first five weeks, but I believe I can get out of it and I'm focused on getting out of it,” Britt said Wednesday.
Britt said he believes he has pinpointed the problem he has had with drops.
“I believe it's attacking the football, like I've been doing in practice. I feel like I've gotten away from it in the game, and that's what I need to do is go back and focus on attacking the football,” Britt said. “That's one of the things I want to get back to is attacking the ball, and coming downhill when the ball is in the air and going up and getting it. That's one of the things I've gone back to in practice and I want to carry over to the field on Sunday.”
Britt will get his opportunity when the Titans travel to face the Seattle Seahawks and their standout cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner. As a big, physical receiver, Britt could help the Titans tremendously if he can somehow find himself this week. Titans coach Mike Munchak is hoping that Britt or someone among the receiver group can find the hot hand against the Seahawks.
“There’s no doubt that (his size) helps. That’s why he’s in the rotation. That’s why he’s playing, why he’s been out there to hope he’ll get the opportunity to do some of that along with (Justin) Hunter, Kendall (Wright), and Nate (Washington). There will be five of them, maybe six of them up. We’re going to need someone to get hot and get open and make plays,” Munchak said.
Despite his problems, Britt maintains that his confidence in himself isn't wavering.
“It's definitely not a lack of confidence. I know I can go out there and make plays. I'm still the player that I know I am and that everybody else knows I am,” he said.
Running back Shonn Greene looks to be at least another week away from being able to return for the Tennessee Titans.
Greene, signed to be the complement to Chris Johnson, has been out since having his right knee scoped after week two, and in recent weeks Tennessee's running game has fallen on hard times.
In addition to Greene, his replacement Jackie Battle worked in Wednesday's practice but has a neck injury.
Like Greene, defensive tackle Sammie Hill has been out since week two as well. Hill, who has a high ankle sprain, did not practice again Wednesday.
Also, out of Wednesday's work were quarterback Jake Locker (hip/knee), who will miss his second straight game.
Right tackle David Stewart sat out Wednesday with his sore calf, while Coty Sensabaugh visited a doctor to begin the concussion protocol to see if he can be cleared later this week.
Defensive end Derrick Morgan did individual work only with his shoulder that he injured in Sunday's loss to Kansas City.
Safety Michael Griffin practiced despite a foot injury. Linebacker Zaviar Gooden was out Wednesday with a hamstring injury, as were cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson and linebacker Patrick Bailey.
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