Following a one-year stint in New England that netted him a Super Bowl ring, tight end Tim Wright is back in Tampa Bay and apparently his future quarterback couldn’t be happier.
“Oh my God, he’s amazing,” rookie Jameis Winston said with a smile after Tuesday’s mandatory mini-camp. “I prayed for him during our stretches. I had to thank God for having Tim Wright here and it made him laugh.”
Wright’s addition would provide Winston with another big-bodied pass catcher to throw to and the 6-foot-4, 220-pound pro showed off his hands on a few occasions Tuesday while running with both the first- and second-team offenses.
Tampa Bay’s tight end room didn’t get any more crowded after Friday’s move since the Bucs waived 22-year-old Taylor Sloat. Wright jumps into the competition for tight end receptions with Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Brandon Myers.
Over two full NFL seasons – the first in Tampa Bay, the second in New England – Wright has appeared in all 32 games and totaled 80 receptions for 830 yards and 11 touchdowns. The majority of that production (54 catches for 571 yards and 5 TDs) came after he was picked up as an unrestricted free agent by the Bucs and his former Rutgers coach Greg Schiano.
“It’s cool [to be back],” Wright said of his return to Tampa Bay. “It’s another opportunity … another blessing from God to be able to step on the field again and do what I love, contribute to the team and do what we can to win games.”
About a third of the organizations in the NFL pursued Wright after being waived last week but had nothing but praise for his former employer.
“It was a great organization,” he said. “They’ve got a lot of people that operate in the system well and they’ve got guys that put themselves second and the team first and that’s what it’s all about at the end of the day.”
The re-acquisition of Wright returns to Tampa Bay half of what it sent to New England last August to get left guard Logan Mankins. The third portion of that deal was this spring’s fourth-round NFL Draft selection the Patriots used to get Arkansas defensive end Trey Flowers.
“As we look at the waiver wire, any player available that we think will improve our ball club we’re going to jump on,” Bucs head coach Lovie Smith said. “That was an easy decision to make on Tim. We liked Tim [last year] and we decided to go a different direction. But where we are right now, we’re a stronger football team with Tim on our team. It’s good to see him back.”
Well I think that getting TE Wright back just like we really didn’t give up anything except a draft choice.
ASJ, Stocker, and Wright. I see Myers as the odd man out, as Stocker is the best blocker. Wright’s more of a big and tall slot receiver than a tight end, but so long as he gets open and makes catches, what’s in a name? Interesting that two of the draft picks the Bucs traded away got used to draft defensive linemen: Sheldon Richardson (8 sacks in rookie season for the Jets, who similarly now have Revis back), and now Flowers.
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