Tim Wright About To Blow Up?February 16th, 2014
Joe knows Bucs fans tried to numb their anger with untold gallons of vodka last year over their disgust, and few subjects made them reach for a bottle of Tums more than the tight end position. It wasn’t so much who was playing the position, it was how the coaching staff of then-commander Greg Schiano approached it.
Yes, you’ve read here how the Bucs have the fourth-best quarterback in a four-team division (this won’t change with Michael Vick). Well, that also was the case at tight end. In a division with all-world Jimmy Graham, future Hall of Famer Anthony Gonzales and underrated Greg Olson, Bucs fans just wanted to rip the radios out of their trucks when they heard talk of how then-offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan did not use the tight end position much, as his offense was based on the Giants offense, where a tight end was reduced to a last resort in the passing game.
Now in theory, that isn’t such a bad offense, provided you have more than two consistent, reliable receivers. Kevin Ogletree did not fit this description, neither did Tiquan Underwood nor did Skye Dawson.
Enter Tim Wright. A former receiver who Schiano converted into a tight end, Wright opened enough eyes and Joe is confident the Bucs have something there.
That leads Joe to Andy Benoit of theMMQB.com. He thinks a lot of Wright. How much? Benoit really believes Wright has the makings to be one of the best tight ends in the NFL.
Tim Wright, Buccaneers
Wright is a converted wide receiver, and it shows. He has the quickness, change-of-direction skills and stop/start control to consistently beat one-on-one coverage from an X-iso receiver position or the slot. The beauty is, because the 6-4, 220-pounder is a tight end, he’s often facing linebackers in those one-on-one scenarios. That could change this year if Lovie Smith and new coordinator Jeff Tedford are less committed to the run than Tampa Bay’s previous staff. But even if Wright is facing safeties or backup corners, he can still blossom into a top-five receiving tight end by the end of his second season.
Joe isn’t so sure Wright can blow up that much but for a tight end he is a helluva receiver. As a blocker, meh.
How or if Wright improves depends a lot upon how offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford uses the tight end, how much Tedford intends to pass and, of course, who is throwing him the ball.