- Associated Press - Friday, August 15, 2014

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Kenny Britt had a quiet game in the St. Louis Rams’ preseason opener.

He played just 17 snaps before the backups took over, with no catches and nothing even thrown his way.

The wide receiver has been making plenty of noise at practice, with production to match the trash-talking.

“He loves the game,” coach Jeff Fisher said. “He’s not afraid to voice his opinion and he’s pulling the young guys along with him. He practices one speed and that’s full.”

So far Britt has made good on his second go-around with Fisher. The Titans drafted him in the first round in 2009 when Fisher was the coach.

The Rams (0-1) are hoping Britt, who turns 26 next month, can settle down and be a veteran leader at a position loaded with youth.

They didn’t need to tell Britt. This will be his sixth season and he realizes it’s time to set an example for his teammates.

“It’s being the veteran guy without even saying it,” Britt said. “It’s the point of growing as a man and growing as a person and a player. You put it in your mind, it’s time to do things and handle things certain ways.”

Britt will be trying to get open for quarterback Sam Bradford, who will be making his first appearance coming off knee surgery against the Packers (0-1) on Saturday.

Whether or not he gets his first catch with St. Louis, expect Britt to be chattering away.

“It’s definitely true. I like to motivate the guys and we’re starting once we hit the doors in the morning,” Britt said. “I’m a competitive person and people who like to compete often talk a lot,” Britt said. “And I guess I’m one of those guys.”

Cornerback Janoris Jenkins confirms and added: “It doesn’t even matter to me. He chirps, I chirp.”

Britt has had off-field problems and injuries. Last year, he made just three starts and had 11 catches for 96 yards.

Britt bristles at the notion Fisher had to defend him in Tennessee, and believes he’s largely been misunderstood. He’s been a positive presence at training camp.

“Most people that don’t know me look at the media stuff, the outsider stuff,” Britt said. “Most people that meet me, understand the person I am, and they get to really like me.

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