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Sunday, August 17, 2014
Lovie Smith: Tim Wright is struggling

By Pat Yasinskas

TAMPA, Fla. – For the most part, Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith heaps praise on his players. But he also can be brutally honest when asked about a player who is struggling.

That was the case Sunday as Smith talked about tight end Tim Wright.

"He hasn't played as well as Tim should be playing," Smith said. "He's dropped some balls. If you watched practice, he's dropped balls. But he's a big part of what we want to do with the two-receiver, two-tight-end set. Tim hasn't blocked as well inside. Once you're that H-back and you don't block, now they say you're just another receiver and teams start going nickel. If they do that at least you have to be a good pass catcher. Tim's a good player. He just hasn't played as well as he needs to lately."

Wright better show improvement quickly or else his spot on the roster could be in danger. Brandon Myers and Austin Seferian-Jenkins are locks to make the roster. Wright and veteran Luke Stocker could be competing for the final job at tight end.