While most every receiver looks good running routes against air, it is another thing when they line up against defensive backs in 7-on-7 drills. At that point, we can begin to see how they measure up on the field, and how their athletic ability may translate to the game. In that respect, Titans fans can begin to excited about our offense, as Kendall Wright is looking like the player that everyone would hope he’d be, especially in the eyes of Matt Hasselbeck.
“He’s been great. He’s been as advertised,” Hasselbeck said. “He’s explosive. He’s a great kid, he’s a competitor. He’s not a big guy, but he’s been fun to have around. The rookie class in general, they’ve just been really hungry, going to work, humble. Kendall, because of the injury (to Kenny Britt), and Nate (Washington) have had great practices so far. It’s great to see.”
TitansOnline.com recently reported that during drills, Wright has made several impressive plays, including one where he, “hauled in a pass against extremely tight coverage with a diving grab and later executed a double move to free him up for a long gain.” This is exactly the type of athleticism that made Wright a first-round pick, but the rookie isn’t content to simply rely on his ability alone, and has found a willing teacher in Mr. Nate Washington.
“If I have a question, the first person I’m going to right now is Nate,” Wright said. “I’m learning from Nate. He told me, ‘If you need me to coach you up or help you, I’m going to do it hard.’ I told him that’s what I need, so I’m just trying to learn from him.”
With Wright appearing to be as good or better than advertised, the potential for this three-headed monster of a receiving core is staggering. Britt has the size and skill to take the big hits and catch the deep balls, Wright can be the shifty slot receiver that breaks ankles for 60-yard gains, and Washington, in addition to his well-rounded ability, will be the heart and soul that keeps the unit disciplined. I can’t wait for these guys to put the league on notice.
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