Britt Back, Striving to Improve

Posted Jun 8, 2015

Wide receiver Kenny Britt says that he has a chip on his shoulder and a lot to prove heading into the 2015 season.

While it may have been a surprise to some, wide receiver Kenny Britt emerged as one of the Rams’ offensive leaders in 2014 -- both on the field and in the locker room. He finished the season first on the team with 748 yards receiving, and came in second with 48 receptions. But during OTAs last week, the 26-year-old wideout said he actually feels he’s let himself down in his first six NFL seasons.

“There’s definitely more I can give, because there’s more I want to give, and there’s more that I want to do in my career,” Britt said. “I think every year that I’ve been through, I had more. At the end of the season, I always said, ‘I had more.’ And I don’t want to leave this season saying I left something out there on the field, or I just missed out by just a step or two.”

Britt will be pursuing that goal in a Rams uniform, after re-signing with the club on a two-year deal as an unrestricted free agent in March. The wide receiver said there was no doubt in his mind that he would remain with St. Louis.

“I knew where I wanted to be all along coming out of the season,” he said.

That’s a sentiment echoed by his teammates, as fellow wideout Brian Quick said “It means a lot” to have Britt back.

“His energy, what he brings to the team -- we need him,” Quick said. “He just gives everybody a boost. And then what he brings to the field, of course, everybody can see. But as a person and as an individual, he lightens everybody up.”

A significant factor for Britt’s energy and leadership ability comes from his comfort level under head coach Jeff Fisher. Between the Titans and the Rams, Britt has had his most productive seasons under Fisher, which the wideout says is no coincidence.

“Fisher is a guy who will let you be yourself in the locker room, on the field, and off the field. He treats you like a man instead of a child,” Britt said. “Something that you want to be comfortable with is being yourself instead of being up tight and watching what you have to say and what you have to do.”

And according to Britt, that comfort level translates to his on-field performance.

“When you’re more relaxed, you play better and it’s second nature instead of thinking, ‘OK, I have to watch myself around this person, or that person,’” he said. “I can just be myself.”

With that in mind, the wide receiver said he’s already established a connection with new quarterback Nick Foles. Britt said he was surprised by the trade, but the chemistry between the QB and WR has been strong since the first day of the offseason program.

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“He’s got a great deep ball. He puts it on the money every time,” Britt said. “We’ve had about a month and a half with him so far, and he can throw every pass in the book, and every route in the tree. So we’re real excited.”

And so as Britt helps lead the offense to the 2015 season, he’ll be working to make sure that once the year ends, his tank is on E.

“I have a chip on my shoulder this year,” Britt said, “and I’ve got a lot to prove.”