Britt Looking Forward to Opportunity vs. Cowboys

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Wide receiver Kenny Britt could see additional playing time if Justin Gage (hamstring) can't go Sunday at Dallas.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. --** Kenny Britt is going for another trifecta.

The Titans' second year receiver has caught a touchdown pass in each of the past two games and wants another one Sunday when Tennessee visits the Dallas Cowboys.

Britt's three touchdowns in his rookie season occurred in three consecutive weeks (wins against Houston and Arizona and a loss against Indianapolis), and he has an opportunity to repeat the feat.

Britt caught a pivotal touchdown in the Titans' 29-10 win against the New York Giants in Week 3, leaping high into the air and reeling in Vince Young's pass on a post route. His catch against Denver last week occurred on an out route at mid-depth of the end zone and was Tennessee's lone offensive touchdown.

Britt said he doesn't have a preference on red zone routes, "As long as we're in the end zone and we're winning."

"Vince is going to put the ball in the right place, and as long as we're in the right spot, nobody can stop us," Britt said. "It showed up in the Giants game."

Britt has played in all four games for the Titans (2-2) this season and may start against Dallas in place of Justin Gage, who suffered a hamstring injury last Sunday. Young and Britt connected for long plays multiple times during practice Thursday. Britt said the extra year has helped him improve chemistry with Young.

"It's more mentally into the game instead of physically," Britt said, "Knowing where you're supposed to be at on certain plays, and knowing what other receivers are doing, who's supposed to be open, who's supposed to be a decoy. Last year, it was just getting into the playbook and feeling out the offense and trying to get out there.

"As the season is going along, I'm just getting stronger mentally and physically and just being more comfortable with the offense," Britt added. "As the season goes on, I just try to learn more."

Britt caught 42 receptions for a team-best 701 yards and ranked eighth in the NFL with a 16.7 yards-per-catch average. This season he has 10 catches for 90 yards and the two scores.

"He's been productive since (the regular season started)," Fisher said Thursday. "He's been doing very well on the practice field and in the meeting rooms and has been making plays for us."

Britt and the Titans' offense are looking to break more big plays. Tennessee had a 76-yard touchdown, a 15-yard rushing touchdown, a 20-yard run by Young, a 56-yard passing touchdown and a 28-yard passing gain in a season-opening win against Oakland but has had just five plays net more than 20 yards in the past three games combined.

The Titans rank 27th in the NFL in yards per game (285.5) and 29th in passing yards per game (152.3) but have averaged 24.5 points per game (seventh best in the league). Tennessee has attempted 96 passes this season.

Gage has nine catches for 143 yards this season. Nate Washington is leading the Titans with 14 catches for 194 yards and also has two touchdowns. With the possibility of Gage missing Sunday's game, the Titans might activate Lavelle Hawkins, who has been inactive the first four games.

Hawkins, who is in his third year in the pros, has 14 receptions for 178 yards in 23 career games. Hawkins said he's been patient and positive while waiting for an opportunity to contribute in a game.

"You just try to stay positive about a lot of the stuff that goes on because once you start thinking on the negative side, that's when your chance will come, and you'll blow it," Hawkins said. "I've learned from my rookie year to this year not to worry about the negatives, try to find the positives. I think I've been working just as hard. I just can't wait to see it transfer from the (practice) field to the games. You never know, but I sure hope this is the week. Hopefully I can get out there and make some plays for my guys."

Fisher said Hawkins has deserved an opportunity because of how hard he's worked, but the Titans have activated two kick return specialists — rookies Marc Mariani and Damian Williams — in each of the first four games.

"We've got tremendous confidence in everybody," Fisher said. "'Hawk' is looking forward to the opportunity to step up. He's deserved that."

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