Hasselbeck wants Britt to step up as a leader

Kenny Britt spent a good part of the off-season stepping in it with off-season run-ins with the law.

But Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck says he wants Britt to step up.

Hasselbeck and the Titans believe Britt is capable of even more than the five-catch, 136-yard, two-TD effort Sunday in Jacksonville. Hasselbeck wants Britt to become a team leader for the Titans the way a true No. 1 receiver should do.

“He's a playmaker. We've got a few playmakers and he's one of them. He brings a lot of energy to our offense,” Hasselbeck said. “If we can get him to step up as a leader a little bit more, I think that's probably the next step. He's a great player, he's a wonderful talent, but I think we would love to see him step up as a leader of that group and really as a leader on our team and just take the next step.”

Britt's numbers are actually remarkable, as he has 14 receiving touchdowns in just 29 active games in his career. He also has five 100-yard receiving games, a fact made more incredible given the Titans' unsettledness at quarterback with Kerry Collins, Vince Young and now Hasselbeck.

It is clear that as teams continue to key on Chris Johnson, the Titans will rely more and more on Britt to help carry the offense. And Hasselbeck and the coaches are just trying to drive the point of how much Britt's contribution and dedication are needed.

“I definitely had to (improve my studying) because the rest of these 52 guys in the locker room are depending on me to be on same page at all times on Sunday," Britt said.

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Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com

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