Kendall Wright Fantasy News

Former coach calls Titans WR Dorial Green-Beckham a 'nightmare matchup'

Thursday, July 2, 2015, 11:30am

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Dorial Green-Beckham spent weeks sidelined by a hamstring injury. That aside, his former college coach believes the Titans have landed the equivalent of a "nightmare matchup for any cornerback at any level."

"I was with the Colts with Jim Mora when he had Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne, I was with the Raiders when they had Jerry Rice, Tim Brown, Jerry Porter and some other guys on the Super Bowl team," University of Texas receivers coach Jay Norvell told the Tennessean.

Norvell spent last season coaching the red-shirted Green-Beckham in practice at Oklahoma, saying: "When you go through the history of the draft and look at the guys with size and speed and all that, he is just unique. Calvin Johnson is probably one of the closest comparisons physically because of his size."

Armed with 4.49 speed and a 6-foot-5, 237-pound frame, Green-Beckham drew pre-draft comparisons from NFL Media's Charles Davis to Falcons star Julio Jones and former NFL wideout Plaxico Burress.

"He's not a finished product, but most players aren't," Norvell said. "So he's going to have to learn the pro game and that's a completely different game from college. But he's got some natural gifts that will help him in that game, and in some ways, the NFL is probably a better game for him than college football, just because of the bump rules and (less) contact and all of that. So there are some advantages he has. ... That's why they picked him."

Fantasy Impact:

If Green-Beckham picks up things quickly and proves he’s not as raw as his detractors say — one offensive coordinator said he was “completely lost” at the whiteboard in a pre-draft interview — he could certainly start early in the season opposite Kendall Wright, since it seems that Justin Hunter is on the outs with the current coaching staff. If he sees starter’s snaps, he should be fantasy relevant as a rookie, though he'll have to prove he's ready for the mental side of the game. Long-term, he has a chance to flourish if both he and Marcus Mariota are the real deal.

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Titans WR Dorial Green-Beckham 'slow out of the gate' with a hamstring injury

Monday, June 15, 2015, 2:23pm

The Tennessean - [Full Article]

It hasn't necessarily been a lost offseason for receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, but the second round pick has been slow out of the gate, to say the least. Green-Beckham injured his hamstring during the team's rookie minicamp, re-aggravated the injury during an early OTA, and has been a spectator most of the offseason. Green-Beckham did some work on a limited basis in practices last week, and is expected to be involved in this week's minicamp to some degree. The Titans hope he can make it through the week without any further setbacks, which would allow him to hit the ground running for training camp.

Fantasy Impact:

If Green-Beckham picks up things quickly and proves he’s not as raw as his detractors say — one offensive coordinator said he was “completely lost” at the whiteboard in a pre-draft interview — he could certainly start early in the season opposite Kendall Wright, since it seems that Justin Hunter is on the outs with the current coaching staff. If he sees starter’s snaps, he should be fantasy relevant as a rookie, though he'll have to prove he's ready for the mental side of the game. Long-term, he has a chance to flourish if both he and Mariota are the real deal.

New regime asked Titans WR Kendall Wright to do 'totally different' things

Tuesday, June 9, 2015, 1:12pm

PFT - [Full Article]

Titans WR Kendall Wright said that he was “definitely surprised” after seeing his catches, yards and targets drop sharply in his third year with the team. Wide receivers coach Shawn Jefferson said that “it was indicative of our season,” which saw three different quarterbacks start games, but Wright wasn’t willing to blame lack of chemistry with quarterbacks for the downturn. He also won’t say if he thinks the change in schemes that accompanied head coach Ken Whisenhunt’s arrival had a negative impact.

“I think a lot of things, but thinking and doing what I have to do are totally different,” Wright said, via the Tennessean. “So I just keep my thoughts to myself. I don’t even speak them out loud. Whatever I have to do, I’ll do.”

Fantasy Impact:

Wright averaged 5.1 catches in his first two seasons. In his first year under Whisenhunt, he averaged 4.1 receptions, though he caught six touchdown passes, a career high. He should continue to provide low-end WR3/high-end WR4 numbers. His upside depends largely on the progress of QB Marcus Mariota.

Titans want WR Kendall Wright to be more disciplined in his route-running

Tuesday, June 2, 2015, 11:58am

The Tennessean - [Full Article]

For the better part of his first two seasons in the league, Titans wide receiver Kendall Wright was given unusual freedom in his route-running: It didn't really matter to the previous coaching staff how he arrived at his route destination -- as long as he arrived.

That philosophy helped Wright put up some big numbers in his first two years, especially in 2013, when he caught 94 passes for 1,079 yards.

But Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt wanted Wright to take a more disciplined and precise approach to route-running last year, which is why the two seemed occasionally to be at odds. Wright's numbers took a noticeable dip in 2014, as he caught 64 passes for 626 yards.

Whisenhunt said last week that he and Wright have spent a lot of time in the offseason talking about their philosophical differences.

Fantasy Impact:

The article has more detail about why Whisenhunt wanted Wright to be more disciplined. He averaged 5.1 catches in his first two seasons. In his first year under Ken Whisenhunt, he averaged 4.1 receptions, though he caught six touchdown passes, which was a career high. He should continue to provide low-end WR3/high-end WR4 numbers. His upside depends largely on the progress of QB Marcus Mariota.

Titans WR Dorial Green-Beckham re-tweaks hamstring

Tuesday, May 26, 2015, 8:17pm

PFT - [Full Article]

Dorial Green-Beckham strained his hamstring at the team’s rookie minicamp earlier this month and missed last week’s workouts before returning to the field on Tuesday. His return was a brief one, however, as Green-Beckham again tweaked the hamstring and left the field.

“He felt a little pull,” Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt said, via the Tennessean. “You walk that line of saying, `OK, get back in there.’ But if you pull it, you lose him for all the OTAs. You don’t want him missing any more time because you want him in there. We pulled him, but I think he’ll be all right.”

Fantasy Impact:

If Green-Beckham picks up things quickly and proves he’s not as raw as his detractors say, he could certainly start early in the season opposite Kendall Wright, since it seems that Justin Hunter is on the outs with the current coaching staff. If he sees starter’s snaps, he should be fantasy relevant as a rookie, though he'll have to prove he's ready for the mental side of the game. Long-term, he has a chance to flourish if both he and Mariota are the real deal.

AFC OC: Titans WR Dorial Green-Beckham 'completely lost' on the whiteboard

Thursday, May 7, 2015, 1:00pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

WR Dorial Green-Beckham gives the Titans a high-upside target, but his off-the-field issues at Missouri led one NFC personnel man to tell NFL Media's Lance Zierlein that the wideout "couldn't keep himself out of trouble, had no structure growing up and didn't take coaching at Missouri," adding: "He's tall and fast and has good hands, but he can't be trusted."

From another AFC coordinator: "We had him in for a visit and put him on the board and he was completely lost. Whoever takes him better have a plan for him because it could be rough early on."

Fantasy Impact:

The Titans added Green-Beckham to shore up the receiving corps for their new quarterback, Marcus Mariota. The pick certainly is a long-term boost for Mariota, who now has a dangerous downfield threat with which to work. If he picks up things quickly (which is a big "if," considering the above comments) and proves he’s not as raw as his detractors say, Green-Beckham could certainly start early in the season opposite Kendall Wright, since it seems that Justin Hunter is on the outs with the current coaching staff.

Titans agree to terms with WR Hakeem Nicks

Friday, April 24, 2015, 1:38pm

Tennessean - [Full Article]

The Titans have agreed to terms on a deal for former Colts receiver Hakeem Nicks, according to sources familiar with the situation.

"I'm nowhere near finished, man, and I want to prove that to the world and everybody," Nicks told FOX Sports' Mike Garafalo recently. "That's definitely my mentality, but I don't even want to talk about it. I feel like I got into that situation last year talking about it. I'm about to just go out there and prove it.

"I can't even describe the feeling to you. It's like a burning sensation inside of me. I just want to be the best. I know I have to work hard at it; it's something that's in me. It's just in me and takes over me."

Fantasy Impact:

Nicks was underwhelming in Indianapolis, catching only 55% of his targets while posting 38 catches for 405 yards and four touchdowns. The Titans also added Harry Douglas this offseason, so he and Nicks will join a receiving corps that already includes Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter. There isn't much fantasy value here.

Schefter: Titans sign WR Harry Douglas

Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 1:02pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Titans are signing former Falcons WR Harry Douglas to a 3-year deal, per source.

Fantasy Impact:

This signing is somewhat puzzling since the Titans already have a superior slot receiver in Kendall Wright. In Atlanta, Douglas performed well when called upon, but struggled in 2014 due to a foot injury.

Kendall Wright active for Thursday Night Football

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 7:11pm

Titans Inactives
Zaviar Gooden ILB
Terren Jones T
Taylor Lewan T
Mike Martin DE
Zach Mettenberger QB
Dontay Moch LB

Fantasy Impact:

Charlie Whitehurst will get the start in what is shaping up to be one of the worst Thursday Night Football games of all time. Kendall Wright is active after missing a couple of games with a hand injury, and apparently won’t be wearing a splint or a cast on his hand. He’s not a great start, but he’s been pretty solid when active and with Justin Hunter out, he should get plenty of targets. We prefer Nate Washington, who had a strong Week 15. The matchup against Jacksonville (#4 in WR aFPA) is not favorable.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 5:57pm

Titans WR Kendall Wright (hand, questionable) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Wright may be able to make his return this week. He’s a tough player to trust given his hand injury and Tennessee’s quarterback problems.

Kendall Wright hopes to play Thursday

Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 8:58pm

Nashville Tennessean - [Full Article]

Titans receiver Kendall Wright wants to play on Thursday against the Jaguars.

And on Tuesday, after missing the last two games with a cracked bone in his hand, he went through practice without any issues.

"My feeling is I want to play, and if it feels like I felt today, then I'll be a go,'' Wright said. "But if it hurts or gets worse, I wouldn't go out there. … I want to be able to catch, block and be a complete receiver when I am out there. That's the main thing."

Fantasy Impact:

Wright said his status remains unclear. It all depends on how he feels on Wednesday. The hand remains sore, and it hurts when he catches the football, the story said. The Titan offense is not one to trust in this time of the fantasy playoffs.

Kendall Wright OUT for Titans

Sunday, December 14, 2014, 3:08pm

Titans Inactives
Taylor Lewan T
Mike Martin DE
Zach Mettenberger QB
Daimion Stafford S
Byron Stingily T
Kamerion Wimbley OLB
Kendall Wright WR

Fantasy Impact:

With Kendall Wright out again, Derek Hagan and Nate Washington should continue to see more looks.

Friday, December 12, 2014, 6:26pm

Titans WR Kendall Wright (hand, questionable) missed practice Friday after taking limited reps Thursday and is questionable for Week 15. Wright is still iffy for a nice matchup with the Jets. He’ll likely be wearing a splint, which may impact his ability to catch the ball. Tennessee plays late on Sunday.

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6:32pm

Titans WR Kendall Wright (hand) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Wright seems to be on track to return this week in a nice matchup with the Jets. He’ll likely be wearing a splint, which may impact his ability to catch the ball.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 6:25pm

Titans WR Kendall Wright (hand) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Wright seems to be on track to return this week in a nice matchup with the Jets. He’ll likely be wearing a split, which may impact his ability to catch the ball.

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