Nate Dunlevy of Bleacher Report posted an article the other day that I found to be a little hard on the Tennessee Titans’ WR Kendall Wright. He did end his article with a bit of praise for Wright:
Wright has tremendous potential and can develop into an effective slot receiver. If he’s going to be a difference maker on third downs, however, he’s going to have start hanging onto the ball and do a better job getting open.
Dunlevy’s article focused on Wright’s yards per catch, which was a unfortunate 9.8 YPC.
I know that’s a shockingly ugly number, but I think people like to overlook the fact that the Titans were so desperate to get the ball in his hands that they’d repeatedly try failed plays, most noticeably the WR screen. There didn’t seem to be a game the Titans played where they didn’t pull that play out, even after firing OC Chris Palmer.
I’m sure other teams keyed in on that.
It was painful to watch the Titans execute it repeatedly, rarely earning anything more than 2-3 yards. I only remember seeing them make it worthwhile twice during the season, with the typical result being Wright swarmed as soon as he caught the ball or inadvertently colliding with the other receiver.
I don’t know the numbers of Wright’s routes if you broke them down into the depth of his routes, but most of his action seemed to come short and inside, which was a bit of a surprise, seems as in college he was the deep threat that helped QB Robert Griffin win the Heisman trophy.
While Wright did have shortcomings in his rookie season, I loved his play. He showed a never quit attitude and heart. Hopefully the talk surrounding him next year will be about him blossoming in his 2nd year. Wright was the least of the Titans offensive problems.
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