Can Kenny Britt Step Up for the Titans in 2010?

Taylor WrightContributor IMay 26, 2010

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 29:  Kenny Britt #18 of the Tennessee Titans celebrates after catching the game-winning touchdown to give the Titans a 20-17 victory over the Arizona Cardinals during their game at LP Field on November 29, 2009 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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The Titans have been looking for a legitimate No. 1 receiver ever since they let go of Derrick Mason back in 2004.  Every season, I hear the Titans need better quarterbacks.

But how can the passers succeed when they have no one to throw to.  

When the Titans played the Jets last year, Kerry Collins missed what seemed like 15 passes in a row in the fourth quarter. I'm not saying they were all his fault. But more than half of them were good passes. The receivers just dropped them.

Lets look at the Titans receiving core. There is Justin Gage, who wouldn't be a No. 2 on most teams. Then there's Nate Washington, who was replaced by a rookie while on the Steelers. That leaves us with one ray of hope.

Kenny Britt.

In 2009, Britt had 42 receptions and 701 yards, leading all Titans receivers while only starting in 6 games. Pretty impressive. 

Britt is a physical specimen at 6'3 and 218 pounds. He has good speed, Britt runs a 4.47 40 yard dash, for that size.

Last season, there were moments when Kenny showed he could make plays, whether  getting huge yards after the catch or shrugging off would be tacklers.

He scored just three touchdowns. But Britt had two games with more than 100 yards. It seemed like he was getting the hang of being an NFL receiver. 

Another plus for Britt was that while attending Rutgers, he was used to being the number one guy on offense. 

During his college career, he broke Larry Fitzgerald's receiving record.

Britt's style of play is similar to Brandon Marshall's. He can go up and get the ball, is able to make tough catches in tight coverage, and is good at picking up tough yardage. 

Look for him to become VY's new favorite target.

Now, for the negatives. 

In his first off-season, Britt had two controversial run-ins with the law. 

In January, he was pulled over and arrested for having three outstanding traffic warrants. He also bailed his childhood friend out of jail. The friend was arrested for possession of a firearm that may have been linked to a murder.

Now, these may have been mistakes that he made out of immaturity. Or they could be honest mistakes. But it will take a couple more seasons to truly judge Britt's character.

Also, Britt showed up to Titans off-season practices out of shape. He was forced to miss a couple OTAs to workout. I've heard he's always in the gym.

I'm sure he'll get back in fine shape.

Kenny Britt is a young guy with tons of talent.  Expect him to come out in 2010 as the Titans number one guy.  If the Titans want to have a better offense than CJ can't be their only weapon.  Look for a more poised and experienced Britt to lead the Titans air attack.

Now for my prediction:  65 receptions, 1050 yards, and 9 touchdowns for 2010.

For anyone that hasn't seen it look up Britt's TD catch against the Cardinals to end the Titans 90 yard drive.