``I'm feeling back to my old self, not weighing 230 that I was last year lifting weights,'' Britt said. ``I'm out there running routes and making catches and making plays because I'm not worried about my injuries. I'm more focused on the moment of catching the ball.''
Britt certainly needs to be in the final year of his rookie contract.
That Britt feels healthy is exactly what the Titans and coach Mike Munchak want to hear, even as they watch his work giving him a day off here and there during training camp. Munchak said they can see the difference in Britt not worrying about anything anymore.
The 6-foot-3, 223-pound Britt led Tennessee with 1,476 yards receiving in his first two seasons and tied for the team lead with 12 touchdowns. When the 2011 season started, Britt looked like he had blossomed into the dominant receiver the Titans wanted after drafting him in the first round out of Rutgers in 2009.
Unfortunately, Britt tore his right ACL and MCL in the third game of 2011, ending his season after catching 17 passes for 289 yards and three touchdowns. That led to three knee surgeries over the next nine months, the last on his left knee after continued swelling.
Britt played 14 games last season despite having to ice his aching and swollen knees. He still caught 45 passes for 589 yards, but his longest went for 46 yards - well short of the 80-yard receptions he had in 2010 and 2011.
Britt went 1-on-1 and even teamed up with his wife for a 3-on-3 game. Winning all three games he played did wonders for his confidence.
``You have an injury like that it's hard to play basketball because it's more of a stop and go game,'' Britt said. ``Once I got out there on the basketball court, my knees felt good and I played a couple games. Just coming back to camp the first day, I felt great. I actually felt back to myself.''
The Titans are seeing the results so far in camp. Britt didn't make a catch Thursday in practice only to come back and make a leaping grab for the ball even with safety
``I say, ``Well you should feel young. You're 24 years old,''' Loggains said Friday. ``But he's done a nice job. He had one drop yesterday, comes back makes a big play with two guys hanging on him, and that's what we expect. And that's what we need from him.''
A healthy Britt also can only help
If Britt breaks through with the kind of season they've expected from him, he'll be in line either for the Titans to tag him as their franchise player or a big money deal from another team. Tennessee has tried to protect against both injury and losing Britt to another team by drafting
``You put the ball in his hands, he's a playmaker,'' Pollard said.
The Titans can't wait to see that in the regular season.er