Bucs Offensive MVP: Tim Wright

December 17th, 2013

A former Buc weighs in

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.

30 Responses to “Bucs Offensive MVP: Tim Wright”

  1. Biff Barker Says:

    Outside of Wright and Crabtree, seeing the other retreads on next years roster would be sickening.

  2. BucsfaninChina Says:

    Talk about an article that wraps up.this entire season.

    Also, Stocker has no business being on the roster anymore. He had his shot at being the clear cut starter for two straight years and just cant shake the injury bug.

  3. zam Says:

    what about fullback Lorig? The Bucs really suffer when he’s not playing

  4. Tampabaybucsfan Says:

    Demar Dotson

  5. knucknbuc Says:

    Agreed Tim wright has surpassed any and all expections I could have expected from him this year.

  6. Lev Says:

    Agreed. All those who want to draft a TE early are fools.

  7. BucsfaninChina Says:

    @zam Completely agree. Considering the RB situation and the underachieving line, he is our MVP. Dom better not let him go this offseason

  8. Buc1987 Says:

    Draw straws.

  9. PRBucFan Says:

    Thanks for fixing that annoying banner that was covering the words on the main screen.

  10. PRBucFan Says:

    I think with Wright the Bucs have found a future prob bowl tight end.

    We can now scratch that off of needs in the draft.

    I’m sure he’ll bulk up a bit and learn how to become a better blocker.

  11. bucsfan13 Says:

    Hard to read the title of your article with a giant ad covering it!


  12. Bucsfanman Says:

    Offensive MVP- Tiquan Underwood’s hair!

    OK, OK Tim Wright is deserving to be sure. Go Bucs!

  13. Jordan Says:

    There aren’t too many Tight Ends running a 4.57 40 yard dash along with a 36″ vertical jump. This speed is what will make Tim a top 5 TE. The Bucs would benefit by taking a Sammy Watkins or Benjamin in the draft to create 4 big targets for Glennon and alleviate pressure up front for our run game to flourish.

  14. Patrick in VA Says:

    @Jordan – I like it. Giving the kid some more tools is paramount. Letting him learn the system in the off season and adding to the arsenal will make a world of difference. Weird how nobody talks about the rookie wall that would’ve hit about the time that glennon started struggling. Probably because nobody wants to acknowledge that he’s a rookie

  15. zam Says:

    who does profootballfocus have as the mvp of the team?

  16. PRBucFan Says:


    Yea it’s annoying as hell.

  17. JonBuc Says:

    And the award for this year’s tallest midget goes to….

  18. Biff Barker Says:

    No point in getting bent over PFF. Point is, there are so few positives this season. There were many laughing over converting Wright during camp.

  19. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Joe, the banner above the top article title is covering the title neraly completely.

  20. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    I would prefer they feed Rainey the ball a lot these last two games. If he does well he’ll gain trade value, and we need a 3rd this year. We’ve got plenty of RBs once they are healed up.

  21. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    I think you guys are over reacting to the banner thing. Maybe it is because I’ve been a web developer, but I don’t think its a big deal. Sites develop glitches from time to time and they get addressed.

    No big deal unless you are impatient. Oh, wait. You ARE Bucs fans.

  22. Bucfan#37 Says:

    Mike Glennon for most valuable player on offense. He threw the passes to Wright. He has been the best player on offense.

  23. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Mike Glennon????


  24. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    It’s laughable that anyone could not choose Vincent Jackson as our MVP. He’s over 1000 yard in receiving, as literally our only receiver. He has been double and triple teamed all year. Not to mention that he’s caught a bunch of ducks from Glennon. He’s got 7 of our 20 TD receptions. He’s played in every game, hurt and all. So we are going to put a guy with 500 yards receiving and 4 TD’s over one with 1100 and 7 TD’s? Ok, sure, that sounds smart. I wonder who other teams worry about more?

  25. Chef Paul Says:

    Can we just send Stoker out to pasture already?

  26. Brandon Says:

    Our best OLineman has clearly been Demar Dotson. Wright has been our biggest surprise of the skill positions. He’s never run 4.57, btw…he ran no better than 4.65 handtimed at his Pro Day at a mere 220 lbs.

  27. jo mama Says:

    Mike glennon is our MVP. Hands down the best player on the team and our future.

  28. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    “Mike glennon is our MVP. Hands down the best player on the team and our future.”



  29. pick6 Says:

    there hasn’t been an easier pick for offensive MVP in many seasons – vincent jackson. i’d buy “most improved” or “biggest overachiever” for wright, but MVP is not an honor that takes potential into account. just because jackson could’ve been better, it doesn’t take away from the fact that he was easily the most productive and important part of our offense this year.

  30. pick6 Says:

    tim wright’s numbers and tiquan’s 1 or 2 big afternoons have been a result of other teams prioritizing shutting jackson down. wright would be more invisible than mike clayton without VJax out there running routes. i’m not ready to say we have our answer at TE, but we certainly found somebody who makes luke stocker and dallas clark obsolete. let’s see if Tim can ingest a few extra calories this offseason and put on some NFL bulk without losing much in the way of explosiveness. he and glennon need to get acquainted with some local buffets.