James Wright was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals at No. 239 overall in the seventh round for good reason.
How can a kid with 25 career catches for 304 yards at LSU make a name for himself and stick on the roster? Special teams.
Yes, Brandon Tate is still around to return kicks, but there may be something bigger at play here by the coaching staff.
With Hill on board, the Bengals have some tough decisions to make at running back. Who happens to be one of the prime candidates to be cut? Special teams ace Cedric Peerman. Another ace is the aforementioned Mays, who is currently on the shelf with an injury.
Wright again and again made a name for himself on special teams in college. For example, this past January in the Outback Bowl, he covered a muffed punt and then swatted a ball out of the end zone to force a touchback on a punt. His comments afterward showed character the Bengals surely loved, via The Times-Picayune:
It's more embracing the role of 'team,' and doing whatever you can for 'team,' said Wright, who is listed as a wide receiver but rarely saw action on offense this season. I'm happy and glad that in my last game I was able to impact the game and help us win. It means the world to me.
There is a place on the roster for a person and a player like Wright, and he'll make that point loud and clear this offseason.