Justin Britt
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Britt in 2018
No. 68 – Houston Texans
Position:Center
Personal information
Born: (1991-05-29) May 29, 1991 (age 31)
Fort Campbell, Kentucky
Height:6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight:315 lb (143 kg)
Career information
High school:Lebanon (Lebanon, Missouri)
College:Missouri
NFL Draft:2014 / Round: 2 / Pick: 64
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics as of 2021
Games played:93
Games started:92
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Justin Britt (born May 29, 1991) is an American football center for the Houston Texans of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He played college football at Missouri.

Early life

Britt attended Lebanon High School in Lebanon, Missouri. He was a good overall athlete who was a three-year letterwinner in the sports of football (offensive left tackle), wrestling (heavyweight), and track. Britt won the class 4 Missouri state heavyweight championship in wrestling as a senior in 2009, going a perfect 45–0 during the season. He placed sixth at the state wrestling championships in the heavyweight division in 2008 and was a district heavyweight champion in 2008 and 2009, adding to a trio of conference titles he won in 2007, 2008 and 2009.[1]

College career

Britt played football for the Missouri Tigers from 2010 to 2013, after being redshirted for the 2009 season.

He spent 2010 as a second string guard, before being promoted to starting left tackle for the 2011 season, starting all 13 games. He continued to be a starter in the offensive line for the remaining two seasons of his Missouri career, playing at both left and right tackle.[1]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 5+78 in
(1.98 m)
325 lb
(147 kg)
33+12 in
(0.85 m)
10+14 in
(0.26 m)
5.19 s 4.69 s 8.14 s 27.5 in
(0.70 m)
8 ft 4 in
(2.54 m)
23 reps
All values from NFL Combine.[2]

Seattle Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks selected Britt in the second round (64th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft.[3]

Britt won the right tackle job in training camp in 2014, and started there in the opening game of the season against the Green Bay Packers.[4] Britt would start all 16 regular season games at right tackle for the Seattle Seahawks, as well as their divisional round playoff game against the Carolina Panthers, before missing the NFC Championship game with an injury.[5] He was one of the worst pass blocking tackles in the NFL as a rookie, according to PFF. The Seahawks finished the season with a 12-4 record for an NFC West pennant, but lost to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX.

After a poor showing at right tackle in the first preseason game of the 2015 season, Britt was asked to change from RT to LG. Britt was among the least effective pass blocking guards in football to start the season, but has showed improvement. After being ranked 49th in pass protection, during weeks 5–10 he was ranked 33rd and weeks 11–13 he was ranked 27th. His run blocking became better as well. He started all 16 games at right guard.

In the 2016 offseason the Seahawks moved Britt again, this time to center. Pete Carroll stated that they had this move in mind when they first drafted him in 2014. For his efforts in the 2016 season, Britt earned recognition as a Pro Bowl alternate at center.[6]

On August 17, 2017, Britt signed a three-year, $27 million contract extension with the Seahawks.[7]

On October 29, 2019, Britt was placed on injured reserve with a serious knee injury.[8]

Britt was released by the Seahawks on April 27, 2020.[9]

The Green Bay Packers had Britt in for a tryout on September 7, 2020.[10] On January 21, 2021, Britt had a workout with the Kansas City Chiefs, after spending the 2020 regular season as a free agent.

Houston Texans

On March 8, 2021, Britt signed with the Houston Texans.[11][12] He was named the Texans starting center for 2021. He was placed on injured reserve on October 30, 2021.[13] He was activated on December 4.[14]

On March 21, 2022, Britt signed a two-year contract extension with the Texans.[15]

References

  1. ^ a b "Justin Britt UofM Bio". Archived from the original on April 4, 2014. Retrieved May 10, 2014.
  2. ^ "Justin Britt Combine Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  3. ^ Farnsworth, Clare (May 9, 2014). "Seahawks conclude second round by drafting tackle Justin Britt". Seahawks.com. Archived from the original on December 1, 2017. Retrieved July 6, 2017.
  4. ^ "Seahawks Profile". seahawks.com. Archived from the original on March 19, 2015.
  5. ^ "Justin Britt Stats - Pro-Football-Reference.com". Pro-Football-Reference.com.
  6. ^ Patra, Kevin (May 8, 2016). "Seahawks moving Britt to center on reshuffled O-line". NFL.com.
  7. ^ Orr, Conor (August 17, 2017). "Justin Britt signs contract extension with Seahawks". NFL.com.
  8. ^ Boyle, John (October 29, 2019). "Seahawks Place Justin Britt On Injured Reserve, Promote Jordan Roos From Practice Squad". Seahawks.com.
  9. ^ Boyle, John (April 27, 2020). "Seahawks Release Center Justin Britt". Seahawks.com. Retrieved April 28, 2020.
  10. ^ Kruse, Zach (September 7, 2020). "Packers host tryout for C Justin Britt, DL Daylon Mack". Packers Wire. Retrieved March 7, 2021.
  11. ^ Wilson, Aaron (March 5, 2021). "Texans sign center Justin Britt to one-year, $5 million deal". HoustonChroncile.com.
  12. ^ "Houston Texans Transactions (3-8-2021)". HoustonTexans.com. March 8, 2021. Retrieved March 8, 2021.
  13. ^ "Houston Texans Transactions (10-30-2021)". HoustonTexans.com. October 30, 2021.
  14. ^ "Houston Texans Transactions (12-4-2021)". HoustonTexans.com. December 4, 2021.
  15. ^ "Houston Texans Transactions (3-21-2022)". HoustonTexans.com. March 21, 2022.