Tim Wright Expecting Bigger, Better ResultsApril 23rd, 2014
Just about as long as Joe has had this corner of the Interwebs up and running, Bucs fans have been absolutely obsessed with the tight end position. Joe is confident many Bucs fans would rather have a decent tight end than a decent quarterback.
Joe is constantly peppered with questions on Twitter about who the Bucs will draft/sign to upgrade the tight end spot. The sad thing of it is, these same fans don’t want to hear the truth: that the team currently has a budding star tight end already on the roster.
Joe assumes these fans want to wash their hands of tight end Tim Wright because he is a Rutgers man, and we all know a Rutgers man means one thing: Greg Schiano. Well, if the former Bucs commander got one thing right in the season from hell last year, it was converting Wright from a wide receiver to a tight end.
Last season, Wright started but eight games yet nearly finished in the top third of all tight ends for yards receiving with 571 yards, tops for all rookie tight ends. That was more than Vernon Davis. More than Coby Fleener. More than Zach Miller. More than Brandon Pettigrew. More than Tyler Eifert. More than Dallas Clark, who more than a few fans were outraged that the Bucs couldn’t keep.
Joe got a chance to talk to Wright yesterday at One Buc Palace to discuss his amazing season.
“Coming here, when I heard about the move to tight end, I knew what my assets are,” Wright said. “I am a player that can stretch the field. I can get in and out of my breaks and create mismatches against defenses. So I use that to my advantage.
“Coaches did a good job of putting me in those positions where I could have that success. I am not a big guy as far as stats and all that type of stuff, but at the end of the year, I did take a look at it and it was pretty impressive. I was proud of myself for it. I thank my coaches and all the people who made that possible, Mike Glennon the quarterback, for that success.”
Joe spoke with Bucs general manager Jason Licht at the NFL Combine in February and specifically asked Licht about Wright. Licht’s face lit and up and he really believes the Bucs may have a gem. Licht raved about how a guy who never played tight end before nearly finished among the top-10 in receiving yards at his position.
Wright believes that with offensive wizard Jeff Tedford running the show, his numbers can only get better.
“For sure, they know what I can do now so I am sure they will put me in the best position to succeed.”
So Bucs fans, relax. If seems you may already have your coveted tight end. Just try to purge from your mind he played for Rutgers.