A report came from the St. Louis Rams Organized Team Activities that Kenny Britt burned both Janoris Jenkins and Trumaine Johnson for long touchdown receptions. Unfortunately for Jenkins and Johnson, video of the touchdowns was released—it doesn’t take an NFL scout to see that Britt had the upper hand. Rams fans have the right to be excited that Kenny Britt is looking a bit like a no. 1 receiver, but there might be more to it than that.
Like most early season reports, any first team offense vs. first team defense is going to be a double-edged sword. Kenny Britt manhandled both of the Rams starting cornerbacks—great for Britt, not so great for the Rams secondary.
The Arizona Cardinals (Larry Fitzgerald) and San Francisco 49ers (Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree) have big, strong wide receiver types. Britt has a similar build and before an injury, had a similar skill set. Whether Kenny Britt can approach the level of any of the aforementioned receivers is up for debate. However, the success of Britt might actually be a hole in Janoris Jenkins and Trumaine Johnson’s game.
The bright side is that Jenkins and Johnson get to practice on both Brian Quick (a bigger receiver) and Kenny Britt all through OTAs, mini-camp, preseason and so on. If the Ram corners have issues covering big receivers, Britt is at very least in a position to be a good practice dummy.
Kenny Britt’s productivity, or lack thereof, is ultimately up to him. If he decides he wants to work hard and can stay healthy, the Rams may finally have a #1 wide receiver. But before you crown Kenny Britt as the new Torry Holt, you might wait until the Rams face someone other than themselves.