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October 15, 2013 @ 8:17 am
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Wright Emerges As Bucs' Best Tight End

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Gil Arcia


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The Buccaneers carried four tight ends into the season and it has taken five games to potentially find their man. With the game he had on Sunday against Philadelphia, rookie tight end Tim Wright may be the right fit for the position after starting the season fourth on the depth chart.
As training camp progressed, it was difficult to say that tight end Tim Wright would make the roster. Not because of his play, but because the Bucs already had Luke Stocker and Tom Crabtree as one and two on the projected depth chart with two others to choose from. They ended up selecting their three tight ends in Crabtree, Stocker, and Nate Byham however, they also elected to add a fourth tight end to the 53-man roster and Wright was the fortunate one.

Wright saw several reps during training camp with the first team in certain passing situations while Stocker was sidelined. Although the reps were shared with Byham and Crabtree, he made the most out of each opportunity he got and more so now with injuries at the position. His hard work finally paid off on Sunday and he talked about what got him to that point.

"I think that comes from my preparation,” Wright said. “[Although] I was a fourth-string, fifth-string [tight end] at the beginning of the year, I felt like I prepared as a starter. [With] the injuries that happened, I felt like it was my time to step up. It wasn't too much pressure on me - I took it as I should - and I think I'm getting it done."

Wright finished the game with seven receptions for 91 yards including a 36-yard catch and run to start the third quarter. His size (6-foot-4, 235 pounds) puts him just underneath the average weight of today’s NFL tight ends but that didn’t hurt him on Sunday. He broke his routes perfectly and at times made Philadelphia linebackers slip in their attempts to cover him. His speed is good enough to make the bigger defenders miss in coverage and all that comes from being a wide receiver.

Wright credits Bucs tight ends coach Brian Angelicho for the transition from wide receiver to tight end.

"I think my tight end coach, Coach [Brian] Angelicho - I'm with him in all my meetings every day,” Wright said. “He teaches me the little things. He was at Rutgers as well. I stepped into the tight end position a couple times at Rutgers, but it was just some schematic things. Now, being there full time, he's definitely taught me a lot about the game from that position. I would give all the credit to him."

With the work that Wright has put in, he is getting a better understanding of the position.

"It's definitely starting to click,” Wright said. “Making the switch to tight end, I had to learn a lot of things, the ins-and-outs of the position, learning how the defenders - how the linebackers are going to cover me, how the safeties are going to cover me - because I'm on the inside now. I'm getting a better understanding of how they're playing me, so I can react and I can do different things from that position now.

"I look forward to every Sunday, but, most importantly, I look forward to the week of practice because I feel like you win the game or you win your battles, you win running routes against a defender, during the week in practice. I look forward to those days to perfect my craft and try to work on little things to beat the defender on Sunday."

The Buccaneers have been in need of a tight end. Wright missed some opportunities on the field early on in the season but if he continues improving, Tampa Bay may have found their guy at the position.
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    It was encouraging for Wright to have a good performance from the receiving part of the position. But one game doesn't make him a star just yet. As for Underwood; he has shown time and again that he will avoid being hit. He did it last season and he did it again Sunday. Ever see a cat when it gets frightened? it's hair stands up. There you go.
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    I, for one, greatly appreciated Wright's performance as far as moving the chains when called on. I wish the level of concentration on the end zone pass play would have gone his way. Would have been an excellent reward for his efforts. Looking forward to see his blocking skills once I know where to locate him on the field. Go Bucs!!
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    The only Person from Rutgers,that We should keep!!!!!! Go BUCS
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    Best showing at TE all year......I was actually impressed by the routes and catches he made. He looks big, not overly fast but has a body that seemed to shield the defenders from the ball. If he can make 4-5 catches a game that would open up the outside for the WR...well except for Tiquan....he pretty much stunk up the stadium in my opinion. The INT was totally his fault, he stopped his route and started to block. Guess he didn't think Glennon would throw it to him. Too bad. Perhaps it's just rust from being unemployed.. Keep working Tim....nothing to loose here. Build for the future. GO BUCS!!!!!!!!! Development league for the Patriots.
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    I happy for Wright as he and V-Jax were the only bright spot on offense on Sunday! The Bucs need to cut Underwood because he is str8 garbage!!! Give Page a shot at the slot position, at least he'll run his routes correctly and will not quite on the route!!! I think the Bucs have something in Wright, just need to bulk him up to about 255 without losing his quickness... Still want them the #Fireschiano......
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    I'll mention it. T. Gonzalez and A. Gates are great blockers. J. Witten is even better than them at blocking. But I do love that Wright is showing up at a position of dire need. Good for him and us.
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    Well Wright had a good game and any production out of that position is well appreciated by me, as it had been simply atrocious and handicapped the entire offense. I hope he continues to do well.
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    No one ever mentions Tony Gonzalez and Antonio Gates for their great blocking ability. Time will tell, but if the Bucs have been able to find a TE that is a consistent passing threat in Wright, that is at least some positive news out of this crappy year.
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    I am happy for Wright that he got this chance, but lets be honest here; he is no special TE. Our OL needed help against the pass rush; where was Wright? Oh yeah, running routes. We need a TE that is a threat to block, release, and catch a pass as the safety net for Glennon.
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    You're serious criticizing the only real bright spot for the Bucs offense? The guy made some outstanding catches. His predominant role is to catch the football.
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