Titans choose Justin Hunter over Kenny Britt

AP

Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt raised a stink last week about the team’s decision to bench him for a spell against the Texans as a commentary about his sloppy blocking and route running.

Britt objected to the rationale for the move, so we’ll have to wait to see if he has any thoughts on the team’s decision to leave him off the field again against the Chargers. Britt wasn’t part of the lineup during the game-winning drive and the Titans didn’t need to get too deep into the rationale behind the decision. They just thought rookie Justin Hunter was a better fit, a choice that looked pretty good when Hunter caught the game-winning touchdown.

Titans offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains said that Hunter “is going to be an extremely special player” and that quarterback Jake Locker wanted him in the game at that point. Loggains also said that Britt will still be part of the offense but that his mistakes open the door for the rookie to continue to get more looks in the coming weeks.

“It’s just unfortunate. He just started slow. He had a dropped ball early, but Kenny came back in here and celebrated with his teammates. He’s an unselfish guy. I know he had a tough week last week, that that’s the perception of him,” Loggains said, via Terry McCormick of Titans Insider. “He wants to play better. He wants to be part of it. … We can’t have dropped balls from anyone. We can’t have penalties.”

The first three weeks have made it pretty clear that Britt’s just running out the clock in Tennessee. Hunter’s on the other end of the spectrum. Their playing time going forward will likely reflect those truths.

5 responses to “Titans choose Justin Hunter over Kenny Britt

  1. He had what, 3-4 good games? He has POTENTIAL but when he doesn’t reach it and then has off-field issues and then runs his mouth, and has a worthy replacement on the roster, he should feel lucky that he is on the active squad right now.

  2. The twitter thing was just plain stupid, and makes it SO much harder for people to forgive a bad performance like yesterday’s.

    He’s lost any support he had left from fans who have put up with his immature antics off the field for so long, and have tried to be patient to give him time to come back from that unfortunate knee injury in 2011.

    But it’s nice to feel like they have enough options now where Britt has some real competition for playing time at WR, and not just from Hunter.

    It’s up to Kenny to earn back his snaps. The Titans aren’t desperate enough anymore where he just gets them automatically.

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