The Rams picking up Kenny Britt this offseason provides a nice big target for Rams QB to throw the ball to. He is used to having his hands up as he has been arrested more times than I have fingers. It appears though that this year Britt has turned his life around, after all of the problems that he has carried around, he could be a great boost for the WR corps of the Rams. Britt is coming off a dreadful season, with the Tennessee Titans, grabbing just 96 yards off a measly 11 catches. And worse yet, never found the endzone.
He ran into issues with the coaching staff in Tennessee, and never really got himself off the bench long enough to get playing time. And this coinciding with his law problems, do not help his cause for many teams to take a liking to the possible headache he could be. He was more than a handful at times.
It is obvious that the Rams were looking to surround their 5 year QB, Sam Bradford with some talented young receivers. And it is possible the Rams’ best move might have been rolling the dice on Britt.
Let’s put things in perspective, Sam Bradford was the best QB Britt has had the position to play with in his 5 years. Now this season with Bradford injured, again. Sadly, I don’t think he will ever remain healthy to become a solid QB1 again. They have had some moderate success with 26 year old as their future QB. As well as I think Bradfords days are numbered as being the helm as their starter.
Losing miserable QBs like bust Vince Young, Kerry Collins and Matt Hasselbeck. There cannot possibly be a question of his talent. He has just ran into so many issues along the way, not only a long list of his off the field issues, but also some have been injuries, and his QBs in Tennessee.
Like him or not, Bradford had proven that he showed the signs of becoming a good QB. He has been able to put together 2 seasons of over 3,500 yards passing, and was on his way to a truly nice year last year until it was cut short, and then again there is this year.
Britt has a lot of upside to him, he has shown flashes of his quality at times. Although his tops for receptions, 45, in 2012, isn’t great, by any stretch, it was the best he has had so far. His 775 YDs in 2010 and his 9 TD recpts that had made him someone to keep an eye on. I think he has a possibility to be the man in St Louis, become that WR1, finally. And reuniting with Jeff Fisher has been a great help as well.
They signed him for $1.4M deal, including $550,000 guaranteed,so they are out basically dropping $550K for his services. There is no way this was a bad deal for the Rams. For that kind of payment, it was a high reward, low risk move they made. I expected as long as Britt keeps his head on straight, he should step in as the top receiver, with a big boy frame and maneuverability after the catch.
Also, 2nd year receiver Tavon Austin, showed that he has immense talent, but I don’t trust the 5-9 WR to be the go to guy every game. He has tremendous upside but it is hard to count on him for 16 games, with 22 catches this year, it is seen, and are you really getting teams to blow their safety coverage for him, I’m not thinking so. He could be a big-play maker, but not that steady 80+ catch go to presence, that your WR1 must be.
After last season, I think that if the Rams use Austin more often and more effectively in the middle game, with his explosion and vision and then getting Britt on the long ball could be marvelous for their future plans. He gives the Rams a chance. And it gives him a chance to continue to prove himself. At 6’3 and 225lbs, he can come play strong and is an instant red zone threat for St Louis. With the definite potential to become the team’s go to option, I could see him becoming an 85 catch, 1100 YD, 8-10 TD guy. Without question.
It was a great pick up because the Rams have lacked a big receiver, especially one that is a playmaker, and Britt has shown that caliber. Let’s also keep in mind, when Britt was at his best, was when Britt played under Jeff Fisher. This season Britt has 27 catches and 3 TDs. And is 2nd on the team in targets, and leads the team in YDs. Written by Mike Anthony for VegasTopDogs.com