Kendall Wright Is Proving to Be a Steal for Tennessee Titans

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IOctober 11, 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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Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kendall Wright was taken No. 20 overall in the 2012 NFL draft, and he's been the best rookie at his position through five games this season. 

Through five games, Wright has caught more passes (27) than Julio Jones (26), Antonio Brown (25) and DeSean Jackson (24)—ranking in the top 20 in the NFL in that department.

He's the only rookie in his draft class besides Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson to crack the 20-reception barrier, and the next-best rookie wide receiver, Alshon Jeffery, has half as many (14). 

At his current pace, Wright will finish the season with 86 receptions for 685 yards with six touchdowns. Not bad for a guy making just over $2 million per season. 

The one thing Wright has yet to do as a pro is stretch the field. His longest reception of the season is 20 yards, and for all his receptions, he's only averaging 7.9 yards per catch. 

Still, given his talent, it's only a matter of time before those numbers start moving up, and Wright has already caught two touchdowns this season—tied with Nate Washington and Jared Cook for the team lead. 

Kenny Britt has been in and out of the lineup for various reasons, and his steady presence in the lineup moving forward will take pressure off of Wright, allowing him to get open more downfield. 

Additionally, Chris Johnson has yet to get into the swing of things in the running game—a product of poor blocking and poor reads by Johnson. If he starts getting his mojo back, defenses will have to start stacking the box more often, giving Wright and the rest of the Titans receiver more opportunities to make big plays. 

The future looks bright for Wright and the Titans. He's outplaying every other rookie in his draft class, and as the team's entire offense starts clicking more in the next season or two, his numbers will only continue to climb. 


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