Titans Stand No Chance vs. Texans Unless WR Kendall Wright Steps Up

Jesse ReedCorrespondent ISeptember 25, 2012

SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 16:  Kendall Wright #13 of the Tennessee Titans reacts to his touchdown run during the game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on September 16, 2012 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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The Tennessee Titans are doomed in Week 4 against the Houston Texans unless Kendall Wright has a break-out game.

Through three games in his rookie campaign, Wright has been solid, but not great. He has caught 14 passes (leading the team in that category) for just 102 yards (7.3 yards per reception) and one touchdown. 

The problem with Wright's production to this point is that he hasn't shown the ability to stretch the field. His longest catch so far is 17 yards; a feat he accomplished twice. 

The Texans feature a stifling defense, and their secondary is fast. If Wright doesn't bust out with a big play or two, Jonathan Joseph, Kareem Jackson and the rest of the Texans defenders will sit on shorter routes, making him even less effective.

Wright needs to prove he was worthy of a first-round draft pick soon. Possession receivers are valuable, but the Titans drafted Wright at the bottom of the first round in 2012 because they believed he could be a playmaker. 

As a senior at Baylor with Robert Griffin III behind center, Wright averaged over 15 yards per reception. That's the kind of production the Titans need from their rookie wideout going forward.

One of the biggest ways Wright's inability to stretch the field has hurt the Titans so far is that opposing defenses haven't had to keep both safeties deep. Chris Johnson's production has been atrocious as a result, because teams have been able to focus on shutting him down.

Nate Washington has done an outstanding job of stretching the field, but since he only has caught seven passes, his impact has been minimal. 

There's no time like the present for Wright to make a big statement, and if he breaks out with a monster game against the Texans, the Titans have a chance to pull off one of the biggest upsets of the young 2012 season. 


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