Witherspoon, who returned to St. Louis for his second tour of duty with the Rams in 2013, was a teammate of Britt’s for three seasons in Tennessee.
The veteran linebacker had strong praise for his former teammate in an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio.
“I think the addition of Kenny Britt
will be a huge boost for the Rams offense,” Witherspoon said. “I expect him to blossom into a star.”
Britt, 25, looked like a potential star in his first two seasons with the Titans after Jeff Fisher
selected him in the first round out of Rutgers
back in 2009. He caught 42 passes for 701 yards and three touchdowns as a rookie and then had 42 catches for 775 yards and nine scores in just 12 games during his second season in 2010.
But Britt’s final three years in Tennessee were plagued by an ACL injury and off-the-field issues. He had 17 catches in three games in 2011, 45 in 14 games in 2012 and then 11 receptions in 12 games in 2013.
It was obvious he needed a fresh start and he has found one in St. Louis, where he is reunited with the coach who drafted him and saw him at his best in 2009 and 2010.
“I’m just trying to get back to where I was before,” Britt said during OTAs. “I’m feeling healthy, I’m feeling strong and I feel like I’m young again.”
Fisher, who is going into his third season in St. Louis, said Britt is now in as good of shape as he has seen him. And the veteran coach is well aware of what Britt is capable of when the 6-foot-3, 223-pounder is healthy.
“Early on he had one game against the Eagles and he had over 200 yards receiving in just three quarters,” Fisher said. “He made a lot of big plays for us early on and then obviously the knee injury really set him back. I thought he was in position to make a move before he got hurt.”
Tight end Jared Cook
, who led the Rams in receiving in 2013 after leaving Tennessee as a free agent, said during OTAs that Britt looks the same as he did during his best times with the Titans.
“He looks good, man,” Cook said. “Kenny’s always been good at going up and getting the high balls and being a stronger receiver and a second-level blocker, so he looks good.”
But the big question with Britt and the Rams is whether he can he get back to kind of player he was early in his career, the player who looked like he was one of his way to being one of the best in the NFL.
Cook thinks Britt can.
“When you’ve got that heart in you, you’ve always got it,” he said. “I think he still has all the heart in the world to go get it. He’s been doing a good job of leading the young receivers and getting them motivated for practice every day. I still think he can go out and be the guy like he was once.”
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ST. LOUIS — You can add former Rams linebacker Will Witherspoon to the list of admirers for new Rams wide receiver Kenny Britt.
Former Titans wide receiver getting a fresh start in St. Louis