Bucs Offensive MVP: Tim WrightDecember 17th, 2013
There’s still two games to play this season, which means the Bucs could rack up another 400 yards of offense, but who’s your Bucs’ offensive MVP right now?
Bobby Rainey? He’s been the running back leading the team to four wins, coming off his couch to average 4.3 yards per carry (106 attempts) and not fumbling.
Vincent Jackson? A former Buccaneer has a different pick.
Anthony Becht, who last caught balls as a Buccaneer from Jeff Garcia in 2007, is ready to call his MVP right now: rookie Tim Wright.
Becht was adamant that Wright is not only worthy, but the Bucs need to feature him in their final two games and focus on — and celebrate his development, plus find a veteran tight end to complement him this offseason.
“I just think you can really build on him,” Becht said on WDAE-AM 620 last night. “I think these last two games I’m really trying to work him in to the scheme of things. He didn’t play the first two games of the season. He’s eight catches away from being a top-10 tight end for [total] receptions. He’s just outside with 45 receptions. He’s got four touchdowns. He had a great over-route [Sunday] that was very Vernon Davis–like in that route when he caught the ball. He’s got a great skill set. He has to develop.
“The coaching staff has to develop him. Now you don’t have to worry about a tight end/inside receiver, but you need depth at that spot, a guy that’s been there done that. Again, they’re hard to find. Teams that can find guys, they lock them up.”
During that chatter about offensive MVP, Becht said he appreciates Vincent Jackson’s big numbers but believes Jackson could do more. And, Becht suggests, Jackson should consider re-working his chiseled body to add a little more speed.
As for blocking, Becht said Wright should be fine as long as he has the will to work at it. Successful pass-catching tight ends across the NFL just aren’t asked to block as much as in years past.
Joe doubts the Bucs will make any significant tight end moves this offseason, barring a regime change. Greg Schiano already has expressed his excitement about the lost members of his decimated tight ends corps — Tom Crabtree, Luke Stocker and Nate Byham — returning next season to complement Wright.