Tennessee Titans Breakout Candidate: Kendall Wright
The Tennessee Titans need a few guys to step up in a big way in 2013 if they are going to have any shot at a playoff berth. Starting with quarterback Jake Locker and Chris Johnson first and foremost, the Titans’ offense will go as they go. But, beyond those two, there is another particular weapon that could be poised for a breakout year.
Second year pro Kendall Wright is listed as the third wide receiver on the roster right now behind Nate Washington and Kenny Britt, but Wright’s consistency may get him more looks overall in 2013. Britt has been inconsistent and somewhat of a problem at times, Washington has developed a decent chemistry with Locker but Wright has displayed a ton of potential.
Last season, Wright caught 64 passes for 626 yards and four touchdowns. Averaging less than 10 yards per catch, Wright’s stats don’t jump off the sheet at first glance. But, he was consistent in the way he caught the ball last year. Wright averaged about four catches per game on roughly six targets.
The former Baylor product was picked last year as one of the favorites for the Titans’ offense to break out and in his rookie year he did a decent job. Locker still needs much improvement, but Wright came along nicely. In his second season, Wright could prove to be a valuable slot asset and I definitely think Locker has to look for him more.
At only 5’10”, Wright is the ideal size for a slot receiver and possesses the hands to be able to act as that security blanket especially on crucial third downs. If Locker can be a bit better all around, especially with his accuracy, Wright has a shot to be a very good player in this league and could blow the roof off his second year in the NFL.