By DJ Siddiqi @DJSiddiqi on April 1, 2014
The St. Louis Rams have signed free agent receiver Kenny Britt to a one-year, .4 million deal. Only 0,000 of the contract is guaranteed. The 25-year-old receiver has had a rough past few years after emerging on the scene as one of the top young receivers during the 2009 and 2010 seasons with the Tennessee Titans. Here are several reasons why Britt can make a positive difference for the Rams in 2014.
Sam Bradford is entering his fifth season in the NFL, and his rookie season remains his best to date. Despite being the No. 1 overall pick in 2010, the Rams' offense has ranked no higher than 21st in points scored and no higher than 23rd in yards gained since Bradford became the franchise quarterback four seasons ago. If the Rams want Bradford to reach his potential, Britt can be the guy who helps him reach his potential.
One of the reasons Sam Bradford has never taken that step into becoming a great quarterback has been due to his lack of weapons on offense. Bradford's best weapons during his time in St. Louis have consisted of Brandon Lloyd, Chris Givens and Danny Amendola. The Rams now have a top weapon in second-year wideout Tavon Austin. If Britt can prove to be a legit No. 2 receiver, the Rams' offense will be dangerous.
A lack of talent has never been the issue with Kenny Britt. Britt was the 30th overall selection in the 2009 NFL Draft. Injuries and off-the-field issues have led to Britt's demise over recent seasons. However, this was a guy who caught nine touchdown passes in 2010 in just 12 games played and seven games started. If provided with the right environment, this guy could emerge as the NFL Comeback Player of the Year.
It was Jeff Fisher who drafted Britt in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft while head coach of the Tennessee Titans. Now, Fisher is the head coach of the Rams. Considering Britt had his best two seasons in the NFL while Fisher was head coach of the Titans from 2009-10, if there is any coach who can maximize Britt's ability in an offense, it's the guy who drafted him.
Perhaps the biggest, but simplest reason for why Britt can be a difference-maker for the Rams' offense in 2014 is simply a change of scenery. Britt spent five years in Tennessee, and it just didn't work out. After dazzling with his playmaking ability during the first two seasons of his career, Britt became such a forgotten man that he spent the last few games of 2013 inactive. With a new start, Britt's career now has new life.
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