If anyone can produce under poor conditions, it's Britt, who has been one of the more efficient receivers in the NFL the last three years despite catching passes from some of its worst QBs. It won't get any worse in Cleveland -- where rookie DeShone Kizer, Brock Osweiler and Cody Kessler will battle for the QB job -- but it also might not be substantially better. At 6-3, 223 and with 4.47 40 speed, Britt has the prototypical size/speed combination for a No. 1 WR. He might have lost a step since being drafted in 2009, but he's still only 28, managed 14.7 YPC (9th) and 9.0 YPT (9th) last season, and hauled in nine passes of 40-plus yards on only 183 targets the past two years. Britt will face competition for targets from Corey Coleman, but with Josh Gordon denied reinstatement, the depth chart is awfully thin after those two.
It's amazing after all this time Britt still won't turn 28 until September. The 2009 first-round pick has evolved from an off-field liability with multiple arrests into a model citizen, albeit one who has perhaps lost half a step. Still, he somehow managed 18.9 YPC, 9.5 YPT and a whopping five catches of 40-plus yards on 72 targets while catching passes from Nick Foles and Case Keenum. At 6-3, 223, with a 4.47 40 at the 2009 Combine, Britt profiled as an NFL No. 1 before multiple knee surgeries slowed him. With rookie quarterback Jared Goff slated to see the bulk of the team's snaps, there are likely to be some growing pains in the Rams' passing game, but it can't be as bad as last year's situation. Brian Quick and Tavon Austin are still around, but tight end Jared Cook is gone, and Britt still sits atop the team's depth chart.
Britt made good last year on the second chance granted him by coach Jeff Fisher and parlayed that into a two-year, $14.3 million deal with $4.3 million guaranteed. Presumably, he'll start opposite Brian Quick, giving new quarterback Nick Foles two big, decently fast targets on the outside. At 6-3, 223, the 2009 first-round pick ran a 4.47 40 at the 2009 Combine, but knee injuries might have slowed him a bit. That said, Britt stayed healthy (and out of trouble) all last season, and he won't turn 27 until September, so he's still in his late prime. The bigger concern is the suddenly deep WR corps in St. Louis — besides Quick, Britt will share targets with Stedman Bailey, tight end Jared Cook and, to a lesser extent, 2013 No. 8 overall pick Tavon Austin.
At least Britt isn’t in legal trouble this offseason. After a lost season where Tennessee coach Mike Munchak essentially locked him in the doghouse and disposed of the key, Britt signed in St. Louis with former coach Jeff Fisher, who drafted Britt and saw him at his best. At 6-3, 223 and with 4.49 speed, Britt profiles as a prototype No. 1 NFL receiver, assuming myriad knee problems haven’t diminished his physical skills. Britt is only 25 and seems to be healthy so there’s plenty of upside here, especially because the Rams lack a true No. 1 target.
The Titans know Britt is a game changer when healthy and law-abiding, yet they still drafted receivers in the first round in 2012 and with the 34th overall pick in 2013.
Britt's missed 19 games the last three seasons with knee problems, and he was questioned by police in January about the stabbing of a friend. While Britt wasn't implicated, he allegedly didn't cooperate with police. This wouldn't be a big deal had Britt not already had eight other incidents involving law enforcement since he was drafted in 2009.
At 6-3, 215, with good downfield speed, Britt has played the part of the star receiver for short stretches, and he impressed quarterback Jake Locker during voluntary workouts in April with the condition of his knee. Britt's also another year removed from his 2011 torn ACL and MCL, though he dealt with swelling in the knee last season.
We'd still expect Britt to be the team's No. 1 receiver for as long as he holds up and stays out of trouble, but second-year man Kendall Wright, rookie Justin Hunter and veteran Nate Washington will also merit targets.
Britt looked like an easy top-10 receiver through two games last year – 14 catches, 271 yards and three TDs – before a torn ACL in Week 3 ended his season. At 6-3, 215, and with good downfield speed, Britt had already shown signs of living up to his first-round pedigree in 2009 and 2010 with yards-per-target averages of 10-plus and nine plays of 40 or more yards on 142 career targets. And that was with the Vince Young-Kerry Collins combo as his quarterbacks. This year he’ll have to adjust to second-year man Jake Locker, who’s likely to take over at some point, but Locker looked more than competent in limited work last year, and it’s unlikely he’d be significantly worse than his predecessors (or incumbent Matt Hasselbeck). Britt’s rehab hit a snag in May when he had to have a follow-up arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. While the procedure was relatively minor, it’s obviously not a good sign that it was needed at all. His availability for the start of training camp and even Week 1 are up in the air at press time, and if he does make it back, it remains to be seen whether he’ll retain all of his burst and cutting ability.
If Britt could ever stay out of trouble, he'd be one of rising stars at the position. As it stands, Britt averaged a whopping 18.5 yards per catch and 10.6 yards per target – elite numbers on 74 looks in 12 games. Britt managed five catches of 40-plus – the same number as Andre Johnson in about half the chances. At 6-4, 215 and with above average deep speed and plus athleticism, Britt projects as the Titans' No. 1 target. The problem is the off-field issues. First, he showed up out of shape a year ago, then he was charged with "theft by deception" for unpaid bail bonds and in April got arrested at his home after a car chase with police. Britt could face a four-game suspension once the NFL's labor mess gets sorted out, but either way, he's a player with massive upside and also quite a bit of risk. Think Brandon Marshall a few years ago and be prepared for just about anything to happen, on and off the field.
Last year’s first-round pick, Britt had a
surprisingly productive rookie year on last
season’s 26th-ranked passing team.
Britt averaged 16.7 yards per catch (9th
among 65-target receivers) and 10.2 yards per
target (9th), caught four passes of 40-yards or
more and scored three touchdowns. He wasn’t
used much in the red zone (just five targets all
year), but given his big frame (6-4, 215), that
could change. Britt is a good athlete, has above average
deep speed and does a good job of
shielding the ball from defenders with his body.
At press time, he was third on the depth chart
behind Nate Washington and Justin Gage, and
while that could change at any point, Britt
showed up for voluntary offseason workouts
out of shape and was “inconsistent” according
to his coach. There’s upside here, but Britt will
have to show the team he’s ready to live up to
After drafting a parade of running backs early on in recent years, it's about time the Titans made a big-play threat at receiver their priority. In Britt, they get a player who could easily emerge as the team's top receiving weapon right away. Yes, the Titans are a run-first team, but we think Britt - a productive player with good size and plenty (some say too much) of confidence - has a chance to follow Dwayne Bowe's career path as long as he keeps his head on straight.