Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt pledges to improve this off-season, Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean reports.
“I have big goals for myself. I want to be a great one,” Britt said. “So I plan on focusing on my craft, and working. I’m nowhere close to being satisfied and I have a feeling no one else is either.”
Thus far, Britt has had a rocky start to his NFL career.
A first-round pick out of Rutgers in 2009, Britt started six of 16 games as a rookie, and despite a bout with dropped passes, caught 42 passes for 701 yards with 3 touchdowns, while also averaging 21.8 yards on 24 kick returns.
Britt’s first NFL off-season was marred by off-field incidents, beginning with a January arrest for outstanding traffic warrants and guaranteeing a $165,000 bail bond for a childhood friend, who would later be charged in the murder of a 17-year old Jersey City man.
In 2010, Britt was held out of off-season practices for being out of shape, and missed four games with injuries, which Wyatt reports the Titans believe were preventable. Four days after a breakout performance (7 receptions, 225 yards, 3 touchdowns) in a win over the Philadelphia Eagles, Britt was involved in a nightclub altercation in Nashville.
Britt, who was not charged in the incident, was allowed to play that Sunday, but injured his hamstring early and would miss the next month of games, all of which the Titans, who were 5-2 at the time, would lose.
In 12 games, Britt caught 42 passes and flashed his big-play potential, averaging 18.5 yards per catch and scoring nine touchdowns. Britt doesn’t turn 23 until early next season, and his best football is very much in front of him.
Given his struggles with discipline and maturity, Britt is one young player whose development and career could be negatively affected by an indefinite vacation that a lockout would give him.