NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Struggling Titans receiver Kenny Britt says his teammates have noticed he's not going after the ball during games like he does during practice.
So after losing his starting job, Britt is ready to attack.
Britt has been in such a funk that he's lost his starting job to Kendall Wright with fans calling for him to be traded or simply kept off the field during games to keep him from dropping more passes.
"This definitely a bump in my career right now ... and I believe I can get out of it," Britt said. "I'm focused on getting out of it and doing whatever I can."
This was supposed to be a breakout season with Britt finally healthy and over the knee injuries that forced him to have three surgeries within a year starting with a torn ACL in September 2011. The first-round draft pick out of Rutgers looked good in preseason, catching passes and looking ready to have his best year in the final year of his contract.
Then the season started.
Britt has struggled with penalties and dropped balls so much that he currently has only six catches for 52 yards with a long of 15. That puts him sixth on the Titans for receptions or just five ahead of quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. He had three catchable balls in a 26-17 loss to the Chiefs last week, including one he couldn't hold onto on third-and-1 with the Titans trying to protect a fourth-quarter lead.
Seattle coach Pete Carroll said everyone goes through slumps with receivers wanting every pass thrown their way.
"He's always been an effective player and a guy that can make plays and all that," Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. "That's all we're seeing."
Munchak was pressed Monday on whether he might deactivate Britt on game day, and the coach said no. Munchak believes a player has to play to work his way through a slump.
Fitzpatrick, starting his second straight game because of Jake Locker's sprained right hip, said he has to have confidence in everyone on the field. So he throws to the receiver with a good matchup or where the progression takes him regardless of whether a ball or two has been dropped.
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