Kenny Britt’s lingering hamstring injury has once again reared its ugly head.
Just after the Tennessee Titans’ 2009 first-rounder bestowed his John Hancock on a freshly minted contract, the Titans announced that they would be placing the former Rutgers’ star on the physically unable to perform list.
Forced to also miss time during mini-camps as a result of the recurring ailment, Britt’s training camp is unfortunately getting off to a similar start.
Should the Titans be worried about Britt’s inability to stay on the practice field?
As the case with the rest of us, I’m curious to see what Britt can accomplish on the football field. The whole offseason, we read stories about Britt’s potential, ranging from his tireless work ethic, being tutored by former all-pro WR Rod Smith and last but not least, the rookie’s ability to make plays in the passing game.
Unfortunately, we’ve only seen glimpses of his ability as a result of his oft-injured hammy. Meanwhile, another promising rookie is stealing his thunder as Jared Cook continues to impress and show signs of being somewhat of an impact player in his first year.
While Britt’s injury is opening up an opportunity for guys such as Lavelle Hawkins and Chris Davis in their bids to be the team’s #3 WR, it’s also serving as a means of revealing the scary lack of quality depth behind starters Justin Gage and Nate Washington.
In the minds of many, the #3 WR spot was Britt’s to lose and if he doesn’t get on the field soon, losing that spot is exactly what’s going to happen. If injuries continue to derail Britt, it’s going to be up to the likes of Hawkins and Davis to step up and emerge as an effective Brandon Jones replacement.
Best-case scenario: Britt overcomes his bum hammy and steps up as the team’s #3 WR in his rookie campaign, thus shaking the “Kenny Brittle” moniker.
Worst-case scenario: His contributions are limited and he makes little to no impact as a rook, as fans become increasingly convinced that the Titans should stay away from selecting first-round receivers for at least another eleven years.
What do you guys think? Is it time for patience or panic regarding Britt’s bum hamstring?