A Randy redux? A TO tryout?
Not likely on either account.
Kenny Britt’s season-ending knee injury means the Tennessee Titans will not have their big-play receiver for the remaining 13 games on the schedule. It does not mean, though, that they necessarily will sign a big name to replace him.
Randy Moss, who spent the second half of 2010 with Tennessee, and Terrell Owens are free agents but are not of much interest to the Titans.
“I don’t think so,” coach Mike Munchak said when asked directly about the possibility of adding each one. “I wouldn’t rule anything out, I guess. I guess you never should.
“At this point, we’re going to look at all the options and see what is a good fit for the field, for the team and that kind of thing. … We’ll try to do what’s best for this roster on Sunday to suit up and feel strong at that position.”
Munchak said the team expects to work out numerous candidates Tuesday and to add someone by Wednesday, when practices begin for Sunday’s game at Cleveland.
A much more likely option than either Moss or Owens, two of the most productive but sometimes problematic receivers in NFL history, is Justin Gage.
Gage spent the past four seasons with the Titans. He set career-highs with 55 catches and 750 receiving yards in 2007 and six touchdowns in 2008. He caught just five passes last season and was cut in August when the roster was reduced to 53 players.
“Justin is someone that we’ll bring in for a workout,” Munchak said. “We’ll have quite a few people here. … Obviously [Tuesday], the emphasis will be on the receiver position and just looking at what options there are — people we can work out, the people that aren’t on rosters.
“You just have to do a full search and see. And what other factors: How can this person help us? Can he help us right away? What are we looking for? Is it short term, is it long term? So I think you look at all these factors and figure out what’s the best thing to help us win now.”
Tennessee currently ranks seventh in the league in passing offense. In the next two weeks it faces Cleveland and Pittsburgh — both on the road. Those teams are third and first, respectively, in pass defense.
Munchak conceded it’s unlikely the team could add anyone capable of making a significant impact immediately.
“It depends on if he has NFL experience, if he’s been in this type of offense — [there’s] a lot of what-ifs for that,” he said. “Realistically, for someone to help you win a football game, it’s pretty small, I think, unless it’s somebody who knows this offense well or has been in this type of system and can come in and do a handful of things for you.
“… We want to win this weekend. Our biggest concern now is beating Cleveland and then Pittsburgh.”
It is clear, though, that the Titans must add someone.
Without Britt, they have just four healthy wide receivers on the active roster. Three of those four — Damian Williams, Lavelle Hawkins and Marc Mariani — have only 45 career receptions between them.
Britt totaled 45 in his last nine appearances, dating back to last season.
“It’s not like we can magically create another Kenny Britt,” quarterback Matt Hasselbeck said. “Somebody has to step up and just improve. Really, that would be our goal anyway — to just get better. We just have to find a way to do that.
“… The wide receiver group is going to get a lot of attention, but if I’m a tight end right now, I’m thinking, ‘OK what can I do?’ If I’m a running back, I’m thinking, ‘OK, are there plays I can be making?’ I think it’s going to be a shared experience for everybody to see what we can do to help this team win games.”