Britt pulls surprise at end of Titans' camp

Wednesday, August 26, 2009 at 8:06pm
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Rookie Kenny Britt is doused with water, flour and baby powder during the last day of Titans' training camp. / Mike Strasinger for The City Paper

The Tennessee Titans concluded training camp with their usual hijinks of the dizzy bat race Wednesday. But first-round pick Kenny Britt threw the proceedings for a loop.

Make that a cartwheel and a flip as Britt concluded his run after being spun around by doing a flip, complete with a perfect landing in the end zone. The move garnered plenty of cheers from the crowd watching the proceedings.

Britt covered in baby powder and flour, said it’s all in staying focused on the task at hand.

“It’s all in my focus,” he said. “That’s something you learn going through camp and stuff like that, that no matter what is going on on the outside and everything, at the end of the game in the two-minute and you’re really tired, you’ve got to train your mind and focus on the game.”

Asked what message he was sending to those who had doused him as part of the hazing process, Britt said, “That I’m mentally strong and that whatever they throw at me, I can take.”

Titans coach Jeff Fisher took note of Britt’s flip and is fine with it as long as he doesn’t do it as an end zone celebration.

“That was a back flip and round off half spring thing that you can't do after touchdowns, because you can’t use the ground as a prop,” Fisher said. “It was impressive.”

As for the end of camp, most of the players, especially the veterans are happy it’s done.

“The good thing is camp is in the books, and that means the season is just that much closer,” receiver Justin Gage said. “Now everything has a sense of urgency. We have a lot of stuff to get done before the first regular season game. Time is ticking for us.”

Two in a row

Center Kevin Mawae practiced for a second straight day, and it appears he will have a chance to play Saturday night against the Browns.

“I think he’s got a chance to play in the game after today’s practice,” Fisher said.

Mawae said he did not have any setbacks by practicing for a second straight day and hopes to see some game action soon.

“It’s probable. We still have three days to go. We’ll see. I feel great. I didn’t have any problems and there was nothing that concerned me or anything like that,” Mawae said. “My biggest worry is not hurting my teammates. I did put a little padding on my brace, more out of professional courtesy than necessity.”

Mawae took out defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch on one play in his return on Tuesday.

Other injuries

Fisher ruled out defensive tackle Jason Jones (foot) along with receiver Nate Washington (hamstring) and cornerback Ryan Mouton (ankle).

Several other Titans also missed practice on the final day of camp, including tackle David Stewart (knee), cornerback Nick Harper (rest) defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks (soreness), linebacker Josh Stamer (groin), defensive end Jevon Kearse (hamstring) and defensive end William Hayes (knee).

Fisher did not rule any of them out of Saturday’s game in Cleveland, saying Mark and Hayes definitely would play.

Kearse indicated that he more likely would shoot for next Thursday’s game against Green Bay.

“The hamstring is doing fine. There’s no doubt I should be ready by the opening game,” Kearse said. “I would like to get some preseason work. I doubt it will happen this Saturday, but hopefully next Thursday, I’ll get some more preseason work in.”