Jack­son: There’s a ros­ter spot for Britt

The News Herald (Willoughby, OH) - - Sports - By Jeff Schudel JSchudel@news-her­ald.com @jsproin­sider on Twit­ter

Kenny Britt, like each of his team­mates, will be free to go wher­ever he chooses while the Browns are on their bye, and his job as wide re­ceiver will be wait­ing for him when the team gets back to work Nov. 6.

Britt was healthy and in uni­form Oct. 29 when the Browns played the Vikings in Lon­don, but Coach Hue Jack­son chose not to play him. That led to spec­u­la­tion the Browns might be re­leas­ing Britt and eat the rest of the guar­an­teed money ($17 mil­lion in a $32.5 mil­lion con­tract), but that is not the plan.

“Yeah, there’s a spot for him on this ros­ter,” Jack­son said Oct. 30 on a con­fer­ence call from the Browns’ fa­cil­ity in Berea. “I’ve played Kenny most games when he was healthy. He’s been out there. He’s been a starter. I just thought yes­ter­day, I wanted to do some­thing dif­fer­ent, as I told him. I was very hon­est.”

DeShone Kizer had one of his bet­ter days as a Browns quar­ter­back in the game with the Vikings, com­plet­ing 18 of 34 passes.

But only six com­ple­tions were thrown to wide re­ceivers — two to Ri­cardo Louis, two to Sam­mie Coates, one to Rashard Hig­gins and one to Bryce Treggs.

The no­tion Jack­son re­gards Coates, Treggs, Hig­gins and Louis as all be­ing bet­ter than Britt has no con­nec­tion to at­ten­tion Britt was drawn from what he has done off the field, Jack­son said. For ex­am­ple, Britt and fel­low wide re­ceiver Corey Cole­man (Cole­man is on in­jured re­serve) missed cur­few in Hous­ton the night be­fore the Browns played the Tex­ans. Jack­son or­dered both play­ers home early and fined them.

“If I knew that Kenny Britt was a neg­a­tive in­flu­ence on our foot­ball team, he wouldn’t be here,” Jack­son said on the con­fer­ence

call. “Ev­ery­body is go­ing to have some is­sues from time to time. Ob­vi­ously, his are well-doc­u­mented.

“There are some games that he hasn’t played. There are some games where things haven’t gone as well. But hope­fully, those things are not bleed­ing over into our locker room be­cause I would not al­low that.”

Britt was re­port­edly one of the play­ers out with Kizer in a bar af­ter 1 a.m. the Satur­day be­fore the Browns played the Ti­tans in a home game Oct. 22. Britt was tar­geted five times in the game and caught two passes for seven yards. A pass thrown to him by Cody Kessler in Ti­tans ter­ri­tory in over­time went through his hands as he went low to catch it.

Jack­son said he was un­aware of com­ments Britt made be­fore the Browns headed over­seas, bash­ing play­ing foot­ball in Lon­don. Britt, re­fer­ring to a game

he played in Lon­don last year while with the Rams, told ESPN: “I hated Lon­don, hated it. I hated it with a pas­sion. I hated ev­ery­thing about it. I hated the flight. I hated us be­ing there so long. I hated the flight back. I hated the food.”

“I never even knew about those com­ments,” Jack­son said on the con­fer­ence call. “I don’t read much of what goes on, so I’m not re­ally sure what you’re re­fer­ring to.

“I didn’t see that, but I would hope that — ob­vi­ously, he said it — but I would hope that he didn’t mean it that way. Ob­vi­ously, he’s played over there with dif­fer­ent teams, but he hadn’t played over there with our team yet. I’m not sure where that came from.”

The Browns don’t re­ally have many op­tions other than to keep Britt be­cause the other re­ceivers are so in­ex­pe­ri­enced.

The trad­ing dead­line is

4 p.m. Oct. 31. They could trade one of their 13 2018 draft picks to ac­quire another re­ceiver. Noth­ing is im­mi­nent, but that doesn’t mean a deal won’t hap­pen. On Oct. 31 last year they pulled a shocker by trad­ing a third-round draft pick (103 over­all) to the Pa­tri­ots for line­backer Jamie Collins.

“We’re al­ways look­ing to do (up­grade the ros­ter),” Jack­son said. “We did that a year ago. I’m sure we’re work­ing hard to do that now. I think we’ll do any­thing we can that’s the right fit for us to up­grade our foot­ball team. There is no ques­tion about that.”

Britt, in his ninth sea­son but first with the Browns, ranks sev­enth on the team with 10 catches. His 128 yards re­ceiv­ing ranks sixth.

The Browns will prac­tice Oct. 31 and then be on their bye the rest of the week, Jack­son said.


Kenny Britt stands on the side­line dur­ing a pre­sea­son game against the Gi­ants. Coach Hue Jack­son elected to not play Britt against the Vikings.

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