The NFL career of Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt has been a case study in unfulfilled promise, as off-field issues and injuries have limited his impact. 2013 is the final year of his rookie contract, which has led to recent speculation that he will not be brought back by the Titans after next season.
The off-field attention has not stopped for Britt so far this offseason, as he was reportedley a witness to an incident in his home state of New Jersey earlier this month. He was not arrested, but the fact he keeps finding himself in bad situations makes a suspension a lingering and ever-present possibility.
But all things considered, a motivated and presumably fully healthy Britt would be an intriguing player for fantasy football owners in 2013. He was never quite 100 percent healthy during the 2012 season, as he worked his way back from two offseason knee surgeries along with an early season ankle issue, but he was still fairly productive (45 receptions for 589 yards and four touchdowns) in 14 games played.
Britt did play significantly more snaps late in the season, which may be a bi-product of better health. But the increase also coincided with Tennessee’s switch to Dowell Loggains as offensive coordinator, which should not be overlooked since Loggains has now been given the position on a full-time basis. Britt’s production did not go up along with the increase in playing time, though he did have eight receptions for 143 yards against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 14.
The Titans are committed to Jake Locker as their starting quarterback of the present and future, and he and Britt could be an excellent combination as Tennessee looks to ignite their passing offense next season. Locker himself is coming off a disappointing 2012 season and will be looking to rebound with Loggains, who was his position coach prior to being promoted, in place as offensive coordinator for a full season.
Britt will not be near the top of any preseason fantasy rankings as the 2013 season gets closer, and it will likely take some digging to find him on any list of potential sleepers. That said, assuming he is healthy and stays out of the news for transgressions off the field, I think he will be a nice draft day target for owners in 12 and 14-team standard leagues as a WR3 or WR4 with upside potential.
Brad Berreman is a contributing writer at Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @bradberreman24.