Kenny Britt on track to be in top shape for 2013

Britt experiencing no knee issues: Through his recovery from knee surgeries, the Tennessee Titans wanted to be patient with Kenny Britt, but it looks like the veteran receiver is responding better than expected. For years now, fantasy football owners have waited for the Rutgers product to blossom into a game-changing wideout. At this point, he’s not much more than a deep sleeper who will probably be a No. 3 receiver at best in most leagues. In fact, there’s as good a chance that Kendall Wright could become the Titans pass-catcher of choice for the discerning fantasy enthusiast.

Ballard ‘almost 100 percent’: When the New England Patriots signed tight end Jake Ballard a year ago, it seemed unlikely that he would see any significant playing time. There’s still no guarantee that Ballard will be on the field in key spots, but with the uncertainty swirling around the Patriots’ tight ends, more eyes are turning his direction. After missing an entire season with an ACL injury, reports say Ballard is “almost 100 percent“. There is still some ways to go before we know what type of role (if any) Ballard will play, but expect to hear his name a lot more in the coming days and weeks.

Bell impressing coaches: After the Detroit Lions added Reggie Bush in free agency, the assumption was that Mikel Leshoure would move to second on the depth chart. That assumption could be challenged if Joique Bell continues to impress his coaches. Maybe it shouldn’t be so surprising. After all, Bell had an eye-popping 6.7 yards per touch last season and was fourth on the team in receiving yards — his 485 yards far surpassing Leshoure’s 214 receiving yards. With an offense geared toward throwing the ball, it’s not inconceivable that a dual-threat running back could find his way on the field more often.

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