CB Williams Expects To Get Physical With Britt

Titans 6-foot-3, 215-pound receiver Kenny Britt has a unique blend of size and speed.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Thursday, September 15th, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Categories: Mike Duffy, Week 2 at Titans

When the Tennessee Titans trot out 6-foot-3, 215-pound receiver Kenny Britt onto the field Sunday, the Ravens will be looking to get their hands on him as soon as possible.

Britt is one of those rare talents who combines size and speed, but the Ravens’ cornerbacks are more worried about his stature.

Luckily, the Ravens can deploy 6-foot-1, 190-pound cornerback Cary Williams against the Titans’ top receiver.

The Ravens won’t have the services of 6-foot-2, 210-pound rookie Jimmy Smith, who is suffering from an ankle injury, putting the burden on Williams.

“He’s a big guy who tries to use his size, so you’ve got to nullify that,” said cornerback Domonique Foxworth. “He can run, but that’s not something that’s an issue for our guys. But you have to take care of his size.

“We got Cary’s big [body]. I wish Jimmy was healthy, but we’ve got big Cary. Big Jimmy would be nice too.”

Williams is fine taking on the Britt challenge.

The Titans’ weapon broke out with a huge game last week against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Britt turned five catches into two touchdowns and 136 receiving yards. One of them was a fluke underhand pass from quarterback Matt Hasselbeck into a broken-play, 80-yard touchdown run.

“He’s very explosive. He’s a huge concern,” Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh said of Britt. “He’s averaging 18.1 yards per catch for his career. He had an 80-yarder on Sunday that was a broken play. So, he can take it the distance pretty much any play.”

Williams thinks he can be physical enough to knock Britt out of his rhythm with Hasselbeck, who only signed this offseason after a stellar career with the Seattle Seahawks.

“I definitely want to use my hands and try to disrupt the timing between him and Hasselbeck,” said Williams. “He’s fast and physical, and he has the uncanny ability to catch the ball in traffic.

“He’s a good young player, and you don’t want to let those guys get into a rhythm, so you have to get your hands on them as fast as possible.”

Britt might be big, but the Ravens were tested during the preseason by a big wideout in Kansas City’s Dwayne Bowe, a 220-pound brawler. Bowe outmuscled Smith for three grabs from 43 yards during the exhibition season.

Williams feels that Britt might bring even more to the game.

“I’d say Dwayne Bowe is another big receiver, but he wasn’t as explosive as Kenny Britt,” said Williams. “All respect to a Pro Bowl receiver like Bowe, but he wasn’t as explosive as that guy is. I just want to continue to play my game.

“It sets up good for a guy like me.”

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