Oct 01, 2011; Manhattan, KS, USA; Baylor Bears wide receiver Kendall Wright (1) runs by Kansas State Wildcats defensive back David Garrett (27) and Kansas State Wildcats defensive back Nigel Malone (24) early in a game Saturday at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Kansas State won the game 36-35. Mandatory Credit: Scott Sewell-US PRESSWIRE

Kendall Wright Makes Tennessee Titans Dangerous


I was just as surprised as many of you when the Titans selected Kendall Wright in the first round. With players like DeCastro, Mercilus and Chandler still on the board the Titans went in another direction and took the WR out of Baylor. I’ve had a few hours to really think about this and the more I think about it the more I love this selection.

Kendall Wright brings a dimension to the offense that has been missing for years. The Titans have lacked the ability to stretch opposing defenses and make teams pay for bringing an eighth or even a ninth man into the box to stop CJ and the run game. This team desperately needed a guy who could come in and take the top off of defenses and allow guys like Britt, Cook and Washington to roam underneath.

Teams have disrespected the Titans passing game for years but the selection of Wright may change how opposing teams choose to line up against them.

The skill players on offense have to love this move by the front office. The happiest person has to be Chris Johnson. The acquisition of Wright could lead to a change in offensive philosophy, transitioning to more of a three WR look, and open up more lanes for CJ. Safeties will be forced to stay back more in coverage and give CJ a chance to exploit six and seven man fronts.

Wright will have a major impact on the other starting receivers. The guy that may benefit the most from his presence is Jared Cook. Wright’s ability to get downfield will open up the middle of the field for Cook and provide him more opportunities to take advantage of linebackers defending him in coverage.

Britt and Washington may see less balls thrown their way but having Wright on the field provides more versatility to the offense, and most importantly, will force teams to play more predictable coverages against the Titans.

This move has an impact on the entire team and not just the offense. I believe this move can help our defense and special teams as well.

If Wright comes in and becomes a highly productive player this could end up helping the defense more than adding a defensive linemen. The offense should be much more explosive and add more points to the board allowing the defense to take more chances and play with a lead for a change.

This move can take a little pressure off of the defense by having the offense on the field longer. The Titans could not sustain drives last season which put the defense in a position where they were on the field more often than they should have been. The best defense has always been a good offense and this move should benefit both sides of the ball.

Wright’s explosiveness could really help out our special teams. I know the team has Mark Mariani as the returner but he lacks big play ability and rarely flips field position for the team. The offense could use more help with better starting field position to begin drives.

This is a bold move by the front office. Passing up on edge rushers and the best offensive guard in the first round had fans scratching their heads but I think this pick could benefit the team a lot more.

The Titans are taking a different approach to winning games and this pick is clear evidence. The team is looking to improve its offense to compete with the elite teams in the AFC. Teams like New England and Indianapolis have taken this approach and have been very successful over the years. Although both defenses have had their struggles their offenses have been great enough to cover overcome.

Putting more pressure on opposing teams to stop our offense is critical. In my opinion, the selection of Wright makes the Titans one of the better offenses in the AFC.

Keep up the good work, Webster. Can’t wait to see what else you have in store for the fans.

 

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