Kenny Britt: What to Expect from Troubled Receiver Against Chargers

Shawn Brubaker@@63brubakerContributor IISeptember 15, 2012

NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 18:   Kenny Britt #18 of the Tennessee Titan is tackled in the end zone after catching a pass for a touchdown during a game against the Baltimore Ravens at the LP Field on September 18, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee.  The Titans defeated the Ravens 26 to 13.   (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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Kenny Britt will see the field for the first time in almost a year against the San Diego Chargers this week. What his role will be remains a question mark, but the Titans have given a few indications on how Britt will be used.

Britt missed most of last season due to injury, and he missed the first game of the season due to a suspension stemming from his DUI arrest during the offseason.

Here is what to expect from Britt in his first action of the season.


Limited Reps

First and foremost, the Titans want to be in this season for the long haul. They want Britt to be around for a potential playoff, meaning they will be sure to take every precaution in keeping him healthy. reports that the Titans will limit Britt to between 15 and 25 reps against the Chargers.

That should be enough reps for Britt to get back into the rhythm of an NFL game. If the Titans are in the game, Britt should probably get close to 25 reps to help the team compete with the Chargers. Should the Titans fall behind early, though, the Titans won't bother to risk injury to Britt.

The Titans should be in this game, though, so expect Britt to see the field on a regular basis this week.


Simple Routes

In the same article, Mike Munchak notes that the Titans will probably keep Britt's responsibilities simple. 

The best role for Britt right now would be as a simple down-field and red-zone threat. Fade routes and go routes should ensure that Britt doesn't have to cut too hard on his recovering knee but is still a big contributor.

Even with a bum knee, Britt has the size and speed to threaten defenses over the top. Britt might not see many targets, but expect most of them to use his jump ball ability to provide a big play.


Determination and Focus

Kenny Britt has always been an all-world talent that seemingly lacked the drive to make it to the next level. If Britt's recent quotes are any indication, that perception could change soon.

Britt is seemingly beginning to understand what being an NFL player entails. 

The Washington Post reports that Britt used his time on suspension to work with former-Titans Neil O'Donnell, Derrick Mason and Nick Harper.

Each of these players was known as a hard worker and smart player. Mason in particular made up for his lackluster size and just average speed to become one of the best receivers in the NFL.

Britt learned a great deal from these three; most importantly, what it takes to be an NFL player. Britt came away impressed with the message they gave, saying, "They let me know football doesn't come easy. You have to love this sport to be in it."

Hopefully this message sticks with Britt. If it does, Britt could finally realize his immense talent, and the Titans could take the next step as a playoff contender.