Titans hope benching is wakeup call for Kenny Britt

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The Titans have spent two years hoping that wide receiver Kenny Britt would return to being the player he was before a serious knee injury, but their patience may be wearing thin.

Britt was benched for a long portion of Sunday’s overtime loss to the Texans after the Titans grew frustrated by Britt’s blocking — he has two holding penalties in two games — and his imprecise route running a week after offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains said Britt needed to cut down on mistakes. Britt has five catches in the first two weeks, but they’ve garnered just 43 yards for the team and Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean writes that the team is “frustrated” by the lack of a positive impact he’s having on offense.

Britt, who is in the final year of his contract, said that he wants to play more but that he’s ready to do anything the Titans ask of him.

“I’d love to be involved as much as they want me to be, as much as I’ve been in the past. But as the game rolls out, I am there when they need me,” Britt said. “I am not the coordinator and I am not the quarterback — they decide where the ball goes. I am still ready to go. It is a long season and we have a lot of games to go.”

Britt was targeted nine times against Houston and not all of the five incompletions were his fault, but there was enough bad that it was easy to understand why the Titans went with other players for a while in the game. Those stretches will only get longer unless Britt can recapture the productivity he had earlier in his career.