Kendall Wright Lining Up at Britt's 'X' Position in Titans OTAs
Kenny Britt is probably in the Tennessee Titans' plan as far as they can see in the future. He's not on the field right now as he recovers from an ACL tear, so the team is going to give first-round pick Kendall Wright the opportunity to learn Britt's "X" or "split end" position.
John Glennon of the Nashville Tennessean reports that Titans offensive coordinator Chris Palmer said Wright has been playing Britt's X position in practice and that it will be the position Wright learns first.
Britt has had conditioning and off-field problems before, and his return to full form after his ACL tear is not a given, especially after a recent second surgery on the knee. It makes sense for the team to have Wright ready to go if Britt is not available or at full speed for the season-opener.
Wright played all over the offense at Baylor, so he doesn't have a real home position, but his 5'10", 196-pound frame probably makes him a better fit at the "Z" or "flanker" position because it would give him the benefit of getting a clean release off of the line since the flanker usually lines up a yard behind the line of scrimmage.
It's understandable that the team couldn't demote Nate Washington from the first team and Wright's previously displayed versatility makes him a sensible choice to fill in for Britt while he's out. What about when Britt returns? Glennon has Palmer speaking on the record:
Palmer promises that if Britt, Washington and Wright are all healthy, he'll make sure they're all on field at same time. #Titans
— John Glennon (@glennonsports) May 24, 2012
Glennon also reports that Palmer said the offense will increase the options for wide receivers and that Britt could also move around instead of staying exclusively at the "X" when he returns.
Give credit to the Titans, who clearly had a plan for getting Kendall Wright immediately involved—with or without the presence of Kenny Britt.
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