Kenny Britt, you are in the Dawg House!
What a TERRIBLE two weeks he’s had already. First, he’s non-productive in the preseason, then he drops a potential game-changing wide open pass from DeShone Kizer against the Steelers. Then to top it off, he ran lazy routes and had zero interest in the game against the Ravens.
That’s not the worst part.
During the Browns weekly media session last week, he turned his back, and spoke to them while he was sitting at his locker. This is the elder statesment of all the receivers and he’s acting like a scorned child.
On top of that, he went on Twitter after the Ravens game, and started defending himself with emojis and pictures. It was bizarre.
Britt has always had issues since being drafted by the Tennessee Titans in 2009. He had numerous run-ins with the law, and has been accused of not giving 100 percent on plays.
I thought he had finally turned it around last season after having his best year as a pro with the Los Angeles Rams. He played like a mature veteran wideout. But so far, that hasn’t transitioned to the Browns.
He’s playing unmotivated, he can’t get free from man coverage, and his route running is atrocious. Can we say Dwayne Bowe/Ben Tate 2.0? Any other player would have been released by now, but he still remains on the roster.
It could be that Sashi Brown and crew don’t want to look bad for anointing him as the replacement for Terrelle Pryor, or they don’t want to suffer the cap penalty releasing him–even though they’re $60 million under it (signed for four-years, $32.5 million).
Rashard Higgins came into the game and produced immediately. They just re-signed Jordan Leslie to the practice squad, but he could likely see action on Sunday. I guarantee he’ll produce better than Britt has in two games.
Teams need hungry players that have something to prove, not overpaid, overrated, mediocre receivers for a quick fix.
Kasen Williams could be activated for Sunday’s game as well. Seattle Seahawks fans lost their mind when he was cut from the club. He did nothing but produce for them last season, and in preseason.
Sammie Coates didn’t look much better, but I guess if you get traded to a rebuilding situation on a 1-15 team, you wouldn’t be to thrilled either.
Those are just a few names of players who will do more than what Britt has. I’ve talked about the struggles of Kizer, but it doesn’t help when your veteran receiver refuses to help him out in certain situations.
Sometimes a receiver has to bail their quarterback out, it’s just part of the game.
In two games, Britt has 2 catches for 15 yards. The Browns number one receiver. It’s so bad that according to Pat McManamon of ESPN.com, coach Hue Jackson has challenged him to step it up on the field, and be a leader for the team.
I never thought an established veteran had to be told that.
Britt doesn’t have many chances left to prove himself on this team. All can be forgiven if he plays well on Sunday, and shows he wants to be on the Browns. But if he plays just as lackadaisical as he has the last two weeks, it should be time to move on.
Honorable Mention: Isaiah Crowell, Gregg Williams, Danny Shelton