Tennessee Titans: Kenny Britt's Troubles Justify Titans Loading Up at WR

Stefano MocellaContributor IIJuly 20, 2012

JACKSONVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 11:  Kenny Britt #18 of the Tennessee Titans misses a catch against teammates Dawan Landry #26 and Courtney Greene #36 of the Jacksonville Jaguars during their season opener at EverBank Field on September 11, 2011 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Kenny Britt is an incredibly talented wide receiver, but suffice to say, he's had a rough start to his NFL career off the field. Not only has his season been shortened each of the last two years—by a torn hamstring in 2010 and a torn ACL and MCL last year—but he's had several problems with the law. 

The latest strike comes with a DUI, as Nashville's WGFX-FM (via NFL.com) reported that Britt was pulled over and arrested for driving under the influence around Fort Campbell Military Base. 

Britt was a first-round pick out of Rutgers in 2009. He has gathered 101 receptions for 1,765 yards and 15 touchdowns over his NFL career. That's all been in limited action, as Britt's often been injured.

The 23-year-old has had a reported seven incidents with police since he was drafted, including two traffic warrants in 2011, per Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com

According ESPN's Paul Kuharsky, the Titans have issued a statement that they are reviewing the situation: "We are aware of the situation and are in the process of gathering more facts."

Britt's still recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery on his left knee. The right knee was cleaned out in May, the knee recovering from the tears.

We can only speculate at this point whether Britt will undergo a league suspension or even a team suspension. He is still the Titans' most talented receiver and is the hardest for opposing teams to defend. However, you start to wonder if he's going to get his act together.

Many fans were surprised and/or upset that the team drafted another wide receiver in Kendall Wright in this year's draft at No. 20 overall. They were hoping for a center or a pass-rusher. However, with Britt's injuries and off-the-field issues, it's easy to see why Tennessee opted for some depth at the position.

Ideally, fans would like to see Britt and Wright on the field at the same time wreaking havoc on opposing defenses.

Britt will have to be disciplined. He wasn't last year, with new head coach Mike Munchak giving him the chance at a clean slate. Munchak's around for his second year now, and he has to send a message. Some sort of punishment will have to be handed down to Britt so he can learn.

Am I calling for the Titans to part ways with Britt? Absolutely not. He brings something to the team that no one else on the roster can. He's a vertical threat with size and speed, and he's capable of running whatever route is needed of him. Also, the passing game just wasn't the same without Britt last year, and the absence of a vertical threat made life tougher for Chris Johnson.

The Titans have built a stable of offensive weapons, with Jake Locker as the franchise quarterback, Johnson in the backfield, Britt on the outside, Wright taking the other side soon and hopefully Jared Cook develops into an elite tight end. 

Britt is part of that future if he gets his head on straight. If the worst happens, at least fans can now see why the Titans loaded up with 11 receivers on the roster. They have to be prepared in case their most talented one can`t put it all together. 

In any event, hopefully this is the last incident Britt is involved in. Hopefully he puts it all together and becomes the world-class wideout he`s capable of being.