Wright a major bright spot for Titans

November, 6, 2013
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- If Kendall Wright doubles what he’s done in the first half of the year for the Tennessee Titans, he’s going to have a pretty big season.

That would put him at 86 catches for 1,004 yards.

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AP Photo/L.G. PattersonTitans wide receiver Kendall Wright is developing into a dangerous playmaker for Tennessee.
I expect the Titans will get him more than 5.4 catches a game going forward. He’s very good on crossing routes and stuff in the middle of the field, but I think they will continue to look for ways to get him the ball, and there may be more opportunity along the boundary.

"He's playing very well, he's consistent," said Matt Williamson, ESPN.com's resident scout. "Clearly, he's Jake Locker's favorite guy. What I don't understand is why they don't use him more deep downfield. At Baylor with [Robert Griffin III], he was a big-time bomb threat and he certainly has wheels."

When Wright wasn’t a starter when the season began, the Titans emphasized they had three guys they expected to be close in snaps as the season unfolded. Kenny Britt’s disappeared from that group, but the top guy is clear and it's Wright.

I wasn’t there when receivers coach Shawn Jefferson spoke about Wright last week, but Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean gave us two snippets related to Wright.
Those are some major compliments.

The Titans need to get Nate Washington back on track. He’s only had three catches in two games since Locker returned from injury.

But Wright is the main man now. He lost weight after his rookie season and was determined to get his average up. He’s getting 11.7 yards per catch, up from 9.8 in 2013.

Of his 502 yards, 277 have come after the catch, per ESPN Stats and Info. That’s tied for 12th in the league. But there are a lot of running backs near the top of the list.

Among receivers, only Denver’s Demaryius Thomas, Washington’s Pierre Garcon, Dallas’ Dez Bryant, Seattle’s Golden Tate, Philadelphia’s DeSean Jackson and Detroit’s Calvin Johnson are ahead of Wright.

Of that group, Tate (8.17) and Thomas (7.63) are the only two with a better average YAC per catch than Wright’s 6.44.

Moving ahead, Wright may well rank as the Titans' most dangerous player on offense.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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