The Tennessee Titans need wide receivers to step up around Jake Locker if this pass offense is to take off. Now, it’s a huge “if” as to whether Locker will even allow this unit to become potent — a great deal of improvement in accuracy is required — but this will be very much a group effort, as Tennessee’s wide receiving corps are a mix of green players, ho-hum vets and complete enigmas.
Perhaps inspiring the most optimism of the group in 2013 Titans training camp will be second-year Baylor alum Kendall Wright, who pieced together a nice little rookie campaign with 64 catches, 626 yards and four touchdowns through the air. In a short period of time, Wright has displayed pro-caliber traits for a slot receiver who could have a long career in the NFL.
Wright, the Titans’ 2012 10th overall pick, will jockey for targets with 2013 second-rounder Justin Hunter and the immensely talented-yet-troubled Kenny Britt, who the Titans took in Round 1 back in 2009. Nate Washington has been a consistently decent option over the years as well, and could still find room on the roster come Week 1.
However, I believe Wright can serve the slot role better than either and therefore has a relatively high target floor, barring a decline play or injury. Wright is outwardly embracing the crowd at receiver, especially if they draw safeties deep and create space for Wright.
“Justin is real good from what I’ve seen so far,” Wright said, via the team website. “He’s only going to get better if he keeps listening to the older guys. …. If he keeps listening to those guys and pays attention to what they say, he’ll be even better.”