Tennessee Titans: Kendall Wright Raising Eyebrows in Offseason OTAs

Chad MintonCorrespondent IJune 3, 2012

MANHATTAN, KS - OCTOBER 1: Kendall Wright #1 of the Baylor Bears dives for the end zone to complete a 43-yard touchdown in the second quarter against the Kansas State Wildcats at Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium on October 1, 2011 in Manhattan, Kansas. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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It hasn't taken long for the Tennessee Titans' rookies to impress during offseason workouts, and Kendall Wright is leading the charge.

Perhaps the most important thing is that Wright is quickly gaining respect from his veteran peers, which is always a tall task for incoming rookies.

Wright is expected to be a starter for the Titans along with Kenny Britt and Nate Washington. He's going to add a whole new dimension to the Titans' offense, and speed will be the main component.

Head coach Mike Munchak said how pleased he is so far with Wright's workouts on the Titans official team website.

These offseason workouts are very important for guys likes Wright, who are trying to find their way onto the starting roster in Week 1.

For Wright, he has plenty of competition at the wide receiver position.

Both Damian Williams and Lavelle Hawkins showed significant improvement in what was by far the most playing time they had seen in their short careers.

Williams finished with 592 receiving yards, good for third best on the team. Hawkins by far had the best season of his four-year career as he finished with 470 receiving yards.

Unless Hawkins has an unbelievable preseason, there's no way he stays ahead of Wright on the depth chart.

On the other hand, Williams showed a lot of promise last season in Britt's absence. Williams played a major role in several Titans wins, including a 107-yard performance in a blowout over the Panthers.

However, it's Wright's job to win. That's why the Titans used their first-round pick on him instead of addressing a thin defensive line.

This isn't to say that Williams and Hawkins won't see their fair share of the field, because they certainly will.

The Titans haven't been this well off at wide receiver since their Super Bowl run, and even then they were full of a bunch of blue-collar guys.

As long as Wright continues to show progress throughout the long offseason, he'll be suiting up as a starter when the Titans welcome in the Patriots.