Gauging Tim Wright’s InstinctsFebruary 3rd, 2014
Undrafted Rutgers man and rookie tight end Tim Wright stunned Bucs fans and the National Football League last season with 54 catches and five touchdowns.
The converted tight end flashed great hands. He improved steadily. He had his best games against good teams. But is Wright a tight end?
Bucs tight ends coach Jon Embree met local media for the first time last week. In this Buccaneers.com video, Embree talks about how Wright doesn’t always look so “instinctive” because of his limited experience.
Joe wonders how Jeff Tedford will evaluate Wright, who played with less than 235 pounds on his 6-4 frame last season. Tedford, as Joe wrote last week, spent time with Bill Belicheat in 2012 and walked away eager to incorporate more double receiving tight end sets and more.
Outside of Wright, the Bucs don’t really have another tight end or a slot receiver right now.
Tedford, if nothing else, is an offensive guru who will craft his system around his players (not vice versa) and is willing to be unconventional. It would not surprise Joe to see the Bucs turn Wright into a hybrid slot receiver/tight end, especially if Lovie Smith is going to launch his regime by building — and buying — the best defense known to man.
The Bucs don’t have a third round pick this season. And does anyone really think the Bucs would draft two offensive players in Rounds 1 & 2?
The Bucs are likely to be a little thin on offense in 2014, and the best way to combat that is to have a versatile roster. Wright’s potential is untapped, and Joe would expect Tedford to explore using him every way possible.