It is no secret that the St. Louis Rams head into the 2014 NFL season with a mainly inexperienced and unproven receiving corps. To this point in the preseason, only two WRs are guaranteed to make the team. Tavon Austin heads into his sophomore campaign with expectations, but it might be the presence of veteran Kenny Britt in St. Louis that makes a world of a difference.
Britt and head coach Jeff Fisher were together for two seasons with the Tennessee Titans after the team took the former Rutgers standout in the first round (30th overall) of the 2009 draft. Britt’s time in Tennessee was a bit of a roller coaster ride, as he showed flashes of brilliance at times on the field, but he could not stay out of trouble off of it, including numerous arrests and other run-ins with the law.
Britt was young when he arrived in the NFL (19) and is only 25 years old heading into his sixth season in the league. He still has the opportunity to move on from his transgressions and revive his career. Britt undoubtedly has the talent to do so, and now it is up to him to make it happen.
As mentioned, the Rams receiving corps is full of unproven talents with the likes of Brian Quick, Stedman Bailey, Austin Pettis and Chris Givens all fighting to fill out the depth chart behind Britt and Austin. As a five-year veteran, Britt is by far the longest tenured player of the group despite being similar in age.
Quick currently sits behind Britt for the LWR spot of the Rams depth chart, with Givens trailing them both. It would go a long way if Britt could set a good example and share knowledge along with some tricks of the trade with the two third-year players. Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer has his work cut out for him in 2014, but the talent is there; and with the help of veterans like Britt and Jared Cook, St. Louis could be firing on all cylinders in no time at all.