Kenny Britt has some concerns. Whether or not he will be fit on Sept. 11, when the Tennessee Titans open the 2011 regular season, is not one of them.
“Sept. 11 I’m going to be 110 percent ready to go — me and the other 52 guys who are going to be on this team,” he said.
For now, though, the third-year wide receiver gauges progress in measured steps — literally.
He took one in the right direction Monday when he took part in individual drills for the first time since the start of training camp. He was not in shoulder pads, as were the rest of the players and was pulled from the proceedings when the more competitive segments of the started.
“He’s on track like we thought,” coach Mike Munchak said. “We’re hoping to get him in each day more and more with the pads on and getting used to practicing.
[Monday] was a lot of individuals and things, but I think he’s progressing like we hoped. Hopefully he can finish strong this week.”
It was not perfect and it has not been determined if Britt, who led the team in receiving yards and touchdowns last season, will play Saturday in the preseason opener against Minnesota.
Coaches and trainers have limited his work thus far due to concerns in regard to the hamstring injury that forced him to miss four contests last season.
“I went out there and felt a little discomfort but it felt better each time I ran a route,” he said. “… You know how hard you worked during the offseason what happened last season and things like that. So in the back of your mind you don’t want to do anything that’s going to set you back another couple of weeks. You know you don’t want to let your team down.”
• Fresh face: The Titans signed offensive lineman Pat McQuistan, a five-year veteran with Dallas (four seasons) and Miami (one season).
In 56 career appearances he has played all four tackle and guard positions. Last season he started seven games at guard and one at tackle.
“He’s played a lot of right tackle, played some guard, so he brings some versatility,” Munchak said. “He’s been in the NFL and he has some starts. I think that’s important when you’re trying to play [preseason games], especially when you’re playing a young quarterback and a veteran quarterback; you want to have a good line out there to protect them. He was a guy we thought would fill a need to help us with the rotation with that second group.”
• Ticket sales: Single-game tickets for the 2011 home games (regular season and preseason) went on sale Monday morning, and for the first time since the team took up residence at LP Field that moved slowly.
By late in the afternoon, none of the game had sold out, although the Oct. 30 game against Indianapolis was close.
The expectation was that all games eventually would sell out. The team has not failed to sell a ticket since the start of the 1999 season.