Wright Double-Teams Inspire SchianoDecember 3rd, 2013
How about the best defense in the NFL double teaming an undrafted free agent rookie tight end out of, all together now, Rutgers!
That’s got Greg Schiano jacked up about what’s in store for his tight end corps in 2014.
Speaking last night on the Buccaneers Radio Network on WDAE-AM 620, Schiano talked about how excited he is about what amazing depth the Bucs have built at running back and rolled into how the same holds true at tight end.
“We lose Luke Stocker. We lose [Nate] Byham. And all of a sudden Timmy Wright’s role grows quite a bit. And now, you know, I think Sunday you saw Timmy Wright get double-teamed. So think about that,” Schiano said. “A free agent tight end is getting double teamed on third down, he and Vincent Jackson. So I think that shows the level he’s been playing. We bring in Kyle Adams. I really, in just a short week’s time, I’m impressed with Kyle Adams. So hopefully he can continue on that trajectory now that he’s getting back into playing the tight end position. Maybe he can be a guy that comes to camp.
“So those are things that when you look at, yeah, is it tough going through the pain right now? It is. But do I think there’s going to be some really positive side effect to it? Absolutely.”
In case you missed it, the Bucs signed Adams off the street last week to replace Tom Crabtree, who went to injured reserve.
Joe would still love to see the Bucs pursue more talent at tight end. Luke Stocker is always hurt. The jury’s out on Tom Crabtree, and Byham and Adams aren’t great players.
Wright, 23, has a ton of potential, excellent hands, and has surprised the NFL with 36 catches and two touchdowns in limited action — in an offense that isn’t tight-end friendly. Find a veteran tight end not nicknamed DJ Toes On The Line to push him and mentor him.