Bucs May Not Shop For Tight EndsFebruary 22nd, 2014
There weren’t too many bright spots for the Bucs last season, short of the season coming to an end. Drama, disease, quarterback going all Baby Huey, injuries, the list goes on.
Perhaps the lone bright spot was the play of Bucs tight end Tim Wright.
Having never played tight end before, the wide receiver out of Rutgers — have Bucs fans had their fill of hearing about Rutgers for the next decade? — was a project fourth tight end out of training camp and, out of desperation, he got a starting job and shined. He averaged 10 yards a catch, had a knack for the end zone, and none of the turd-in-the-bowl irritation that DJ Toes on the Line offered.
This is not lost on new Bucs general manager Jason Light, who sung the praises of Wright to Joe while at the NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
“He was a rookie playing tight end for the first time and made, what, 54 catches? That is pretty impressive for not playing that position,” Licht said. “Looked pretty instinctive out there doing it. So, yeah, you want to keep developing that guy and he does fit into our plans. He is a little bit of a mismatch. A big receiver that can catch the ball.”
Bucs fans have been hollering at their bartenders for a tight end not named “Luke Stocker” to help the Bucs receivers, and for a long while those pleas were met with deaf ears by then-Bucs offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan.
So Bucs fans can raise a glass and tip their bartenders now. From the words of Licht himself, the Bucs very well may have found that mismatch tight end to catch deep balls over the middle.