Bucs May Have Found Their Tight EndDecember 19th, 2013
A constant irritant of Bucs fans is the lack of a quality tight end. Fans have kvetched about this so much and so often since DJ Toes on the Line was thrown off the team, many fans have been banned from neighborhood watering holes because the innkeepers are sick of the whining.
In fact, when some Bucs fans begin cursing out loud over the Bucs not having a tight end, their dog runs for cover, conditioned to know an angry boot is about to follow.
Nevermind that Bucs offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan doesn’t use the tight end much in his offense. He comes from the Kevin Gilbride School of Offense, where the Giants avoid throwing to the tight end.
When Josh Freeman was the Bucs quarterback, he couldn’t understand all the fuss over fans screaming for a tight end. Freeman had said, in so many words, the Bucs don’t feature a tight end in their offense so what’s the point of getting one? Sort of like buying a third wheel for a bike.
Well, the answer to Bucs fans’ prayers for a tight end may have slid under their noses while they were busy holiday shopping and more importantly, holiday drinking. Rookie Tim Wright, who most fans never even knew was on the roster to begin the season, has slowly and steadily become a key target for Glennon is developing into a true weapon feared around the NFL.
Wright has 45 catches. No rookie tight end has more in 2013, and his four touchdown catches are the second-most for rookie tight ends. If Bucs fans scoff at that, consider that since 2002, only four rookie tight ends have caught more than 45 passes. The four? John Carlson, Jermaine Gresham, Dustin Keller and Tony Moeaki.