Wright pushing for playing time

May, 21, 2014
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Ever since the Tampa Bay Buccaneers drafted Austin Seferian-Jenkins, it seems as if the other tight ends on the roster have been forgotten by the general public.

But one other tight end has caught the eye of coach Lovie Smith. That's second-year pro Tim Wright.

"Tim is a guy I should have talked about more because he's another guy that does something well it seems like every day," Smith said. "Nowadays, with the emergence of the passing game and you've got to be able to pass to win and this good stuff, the matchup, though, tight end versus safety, tight end versus linebacker -- Tim, we have a good matchup with Tim Wright. He of course can do things in line, but he can split out, he can run all of the passing tree, he's natural moving out and running routes too. I'm very pleased with him and all he's done since Day 1. He's a guy that's been here every day and we've seen him doing that."

Although Seferian-Jenkins' draft position (second round) probably makes him the favorite to win the starting job at tight end, there's room for Wright to get playing time. A wide receiver in college at Rutgers, Wright made the switch to tight end last year and caught 54 passes as a rookie.

The Bucs also have Brandon Myers and Luke Stocker at tight end. We don't know a lot about coordinator Jeff Tedford's offense just yet, but the Bucs have the potential to use a lot of two tight end sets.

Myers was signed as a free agent because he can do a little bit of everything. Stocker also has skills as a receiver and a blocker, but he's had trouble staying healthy.

Previous coach Greg Schiano didn't do a lot of good things with the Bucs. But moving Wright to tight end was a move that could pay off for the new coaching staff because Wright has the potential to cause matchup problems for linebackers and safeties.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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