Kenny Britt’s long-awaited Tennessee Titans practice debut took place Friday in work that allowed the rookie first-round pick to ease into things.
A day after their first full pad practice on Thursday, the Titans backed down a bit on Friday to less than full speed, on the same day that Britt came off the physically unable to perform list.
Britt, who won’t play Sunday in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio, got a small taste of the practice action, catching a pass in individual work and later having one go through his hands on scout team. He said that going less than full speed is tough to do.
“It was good just to run around and everything,” Britt said. “It’s real hard, because everybody told me to calm down and stop going full speed.”
Britt admitted to being a little bit rusty and slow coming in and out of his breaks on routes.
“You want to be perfect in everything when you go out there, but we know that’s not reality,” Britt said. “But you just want to be out there and catch every ball and make every route look perfect, but that’s not going to happen.”
Fisher said Britt would make the trip to Canton, even though he won’t suit up. Titans coach Jeff Fisher said Britt would continue to exercise with a goal of practicing next week and playing Aug. 15 against Tampa Bay.
“The intention was to get him to work more off the card against the defense. He did fine,” Fisher said. “I think he’s right on schedule. We’ll continue to condition him and make sure he gets exercise through the weekend and we’ll get him on the practice field next week.”
As for learning his playbook and how things are done, Britt said he owes the veterans in the receiver group for helping him catch up.
“I figured it would be more complicated coming in here, but the vets have really helped me out, especially Justin Gage and Nate Washington,” Britt said.
As expected, Fisher said Friday that the quarterback Kerry Collins and the starters would play about two series against the Bills.
Collins will give way to Vince Young, whom Fisher said would play approximately a half before giving way to Patrick Ramsey. Fisher was undecided if Alex Mortensen would play, though he said he would like to get the rookie into the game.
“There will be a couple of series for the starters, maybe three. It depends on the length of the series,” Fisher said. “Vince will come in after Kerry leaves and will probably play a half.”
In addition to Britt, Colin Allred (ankle) and Jacob Ford (hamstring) won’t play Sunday. It appears unlikely that receiver Mark Jones (hamstring) will play either, having not practiced all week. But Fisher did not completely rule him out.
Linebackers Josh Stamer and Stephen Tulloch were backed down from practice as a precaution, as was tight end Alge Crumpler. All three of them should play against the Bills.