Jul 21, 2012
Here are some quick thoughts on the two big news items from Friday. For one, I am disgusted with Kenny Britt. I have no qualms with someone partying, and in fact I tell my own son, who is in college, that it’s okay to let off some steam – but only when all the work you need to do is done. That’s when some partying in moderation can actually be a good thing (in my opinion).
But this Britt’s a real moron. I’ve been a huge Britt supporter based almost entirely on his physical skills, and I’ve been okay backing him despite his issues because I know he’s a good kid. I’ve never met him, but everyone I’ve talked to who have say the guy’s really, really likable. He’s not a bad dude. He’s just really, really dumb. I gotta think the Titans are seriously considering turning on the page on him after this recent incident. If there’s one thing that may help give him one more chance it’s that most of his previous transgressions did not come on Mike Munchak’s watch.
Clearly, Nate Washington’s value rises now. I’ve been on him all off-season as a great value, and now he’s just a great pick, even as early as 80-90 picks in. He’s a pretty darn good player who can still blow the top off a defense at times but also make plays all over the field, including the red zone, where he’s very effective. He’s their most reliable receiver by far, so he will be a favorite target for whomever is starting at QB. This Britt story also helps WRs Kendall Wright and Damian Williams. I’m thinking Williams’ value will rise the most simply because he should start in the “X” spot for Britt, as he did last year. They may try Wright out there, but Wright looks like more of a moveable guy who will play all over the place as the #3 WR. He’s more talented than Williams, so Wright has to be watched, but Williams should benefit most from moron Kenny Britt’s latest DUI.
Overall, this is a bit of a buzz kill for the entire Titan offense. Unless Britt heals up well and can play at a relatively high level and get on the field at some point (we’re thinking it’ll be a 4-game suspension only because he’s actually never been suspended), the Titan offense loses out in the potential department with Britt’s status in major doubt. The silver lining otherwise is that TE Jared Cook, in a contract year, may be leaned on more. If he’s up to the task, this could easily help his fantasy value.
The other story is the Charging signing veteran RB Jackie Battle. While he’s nothing special, he’s a guy who has stuck on an NFL roster because he has value in several areas. He’s a strong special teams guy, can play FB, and he was pretty solid at RB last year. While Curtis Brinkley flashed a little last year, I gotta think Battle is the guy to get if you’re looking to handcuff Ryan Mathews, which is a key handcuff for obvious reasons. Obviously, we’ll have to see how training camp goes, but Battle is a very tough and strong runner who can move the chains running N-S. He can wear a defense down with significant carries, and this is a good spot for him overall. I don’t think Ronnie Brown will make the team at this point, but again we’ll see. Brown in theory could be a viable 3rd down back for the Chargers, since Brinkley’s pass protection is an issue.