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Sunday, October 13, 2013
A (small) bright spot for the Buccaneers

By Pat Yasinskas

TAMPA, Fla. -- There was a little (just a little) good news for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Sunday’s 31-20 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

That was the play of rookie tight end Tim Wright, who caught seven passes for 91 yards.

“He made a lot of plays,’’ coach Greg Schiano said. “One of them was a spectacular catch. Bracketed, he makes the catch. I’m glad we’re getting the tight end more involved. I think it makes you more complete. If you can do that, it makes teams defend all your eligibles.’’

Where did Wright come from? The same place as Schiano -- Rutgers. Wright, who came to camp as a wide receiver, ended up being converted to tight end.

“We had some tight ends go down,’’ Wright said. “I had to step up and do what I had to do. I had to use my ability, what I came here for and just go out there and execute my job.’’

The Bucs lost tight ends Luke Stocker and Nate Byham to season-ending injuries. They also were without Tom Crabtree for the first four games.

Crabtree returned against Philadelphia. But it appears Wright has locked up a spot in the rotation.