Kendall Wright Fantasy News

Titans plan to stick with QB Zach Mettenberger

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 7:30pm - [Full Article]

Barring an injury to or a faceplant from rookie Zach Mettenberger, Jake Locker has likely started his last game for the Tennessee Titans.

Coach Ken Whisenhunt confirmed Thursday that Mettenberger will be under center Sunday versus the Houston Texans.

"We're going with Zach," Whisenhunt emphasized, "and we're going to stay with Zach."

Fantasy Impact:

Here's the scouting report on Mettenberger from's Nolan Nawrocki: "Pure dropback, strong-armed thrower who will require patient, confidence-building play-calling and a clean pocket to function at a high level in the NFL. Has starter talent in a vertical, downfield passing attack if he can learn to take command of a huddle and continue progressing as a decision-maker." Mettenberger under center could be a good thing for Justin Hunter, who is the Titans' best deep threat. Conversely, Kendall Wright may not see as many short passes if Mettenberger insists on pushing the ball down the field.

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Jake Locker will get MRI on thumb

Sunday, October 5, 2014, 7:35pm - [Full Article]

Jake Locker is once again injured for the Tennessee Titans. The team's starting quarterback left the second quarter of Sunday's 29-28 loss against the Cleveland Browns with a right thumb injury and remained out.

Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt said after the game that's he's not sure how serious the injury is. Locker added he will have an MRI on Monday.

Locker was hurt on a play that saw Browns cornerback Buster Skrine hit the quarterback high as he was attempting a third-down pass attempt in Cleveland territory.

Fantasy Impact:

Backup Charlie Whitehurst entered to throw an 11-yard touchdown strike to Kendall Wright. Whitehurst finished the game 13 of 21 for 194 yards and two touchdowns. He would get the start if Locker is again unable to play in Week 6 - a matchup against the Jaguars.

Sunday, August 31, 2014, 6:51pm

USA Today - [Full Article]

The Tennessee Titans have claimed wide receivers Kris Durham off waivers.

Durham caught 38 passes for 490 yards and two touchdowns with the Detroit Lions last season.

Fantasy Impact:

The Titans also claimed T.J. Graham earlier today and it's another interesting claim for a team pretty deep at WR. Durham will at best be the team's WR4 behind Kendall Wright, Nate Washington and Justin Hunter.

Sunday, August 31, 2014, 2:41pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

One of the more notable wide receivers released on Saturday has quickly found a new home.

The Titans have been awarded ex-Bills wideout T.J. Graham on waivers, Adam Caplan of ESPN reported Sunday.

A 2012 third-round pick out of N.C. State, the 25-year-old Graham was a 17-game starter for Buffalo in his two seasons with the club, hauling in 23 passes for 361 yards and two touchdowns in 2013. He will provide depth behind Nate Washington and Kendall Wright and could contribute immediately in three- and four-WR sets.

The move leaves the Titans with six receivers, with Justin Hunter, Derek Hagan and Michael Preston the other options at the position.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 9:32am - [Full Article]

Titans WR Nate Washington didn’t look like a 30-year old when he outran the Falcons’ secondary Saturday night, scoring on a 63-yard bomb from Jake Locker.

His tank looked plenty full during his acrobatic sideline catch when he out-muscled an Atlanta corner to complete the grab.

Players like Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter have received most of the offseason headlines among Titans receivers – and deservedly so. Wright is an emerging star who led the Titans in receptions in 2013 with 94. Hunter has been widely regarded as a breakout candidate in 2014.

But don’t sleep on Nate Washington. He might not be a guy who wants the limelight, but he still has plenty to offer entering his 10th NFL season.

Fantasy Impact:

Wright seems pretty safe as the team's WR1, but Justin Hunter could compete a little with Washington for playing time and snaps. Last year Hunter played just 36% of the snaps while Washington saw 82%. But with OC Ken Whisenhunt now running things, there's a chance both Hunter and Washington are involved. We consider Washington the teams WR3 in terms of fantasy and rank him lower than both Wright and Hunter.

Titans Beat: WR Kendall Wright is team's 'best a good margin'

Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 6:50pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Titans beat writer Paul Kuharsky:

Kendall Wright is the Titans' best player right now, by a good margin.

He’s caught everything thrown to him, by whichever quarterback, over whichever defender, against whatever coverage.

I like the Titans' overall weaponry. Justin Hunter, Nate Washington, Delanie Walker, Dexter McCluster and Bishop Sankey offer a nice serving plate of solid options in addition to Wright.

But Wright is 1A, very much at the top of the list, his name absolutely in capital letters.

Make them bold, too.

Fantasy Impact:

Wright caught 94 passes for 1,079 yards, but only found the endzone twice. He’s not likely to become a major force in the redzone, though new HC Ken Whisenhunt had success around the goal line with a similar player (Eddie Royal) in San Diego. Royal scored six of his eight TDs from inside the 15-yard line (typically on quick screens), so Whisenhunt may elect to use Wright in the same way.

Friday, August 1, 2014, 10:40am

Titans - [Full Article]

Titans writer Joe Fann: Kendall Wright continues to be the star amongst the receivers. He and Jake Locker connected numerous times, both saying after practice that they’re chemistry is great together. Wright did drop one pass over the middle which was the first drop I’d seen from him in three days.

Titans WR Kendall Wright has lost weight, gained discipline

Thursday, July 31, 2014, 1:33pm

Total Titans - [Full Article]

Tom Gower of Total Titans discusses WR Kendall Wright:

There are a couple specific areas of Wright’s game to pay attention to in 2014. First, can Jake Locker find him downfield? As I noted in the comments section of Rivers’ column, Locker has gone just 4-for-23 when targeting Wright more than 10 yards downfield. Ryan Fitzpatrick and Matt Hasselbeck have had more success finding Wright down the field, though even so he hasn’t been the vertical seam threat we saw at Baylor and expected him to be in the NFL.

The second thing to watch for Wright is his continued work on reshaping his body. He dropped 14 pounds last offseason to get to 187, which seemed to lead to better movement on the field. He noted earlier this week (video link) the new coaching staff had asked him to drop a little additional weight to improve his speed and his endurance and ability to stay on the field. He noted he’s now at 184 pounds and his belly is gone.

The other thing to come from that interview, beyond his weight, is his role in the offense is likely to change. He noted he’s learning every wide receiver position, which is something Dowell Loggains talked about about every receiver doing last season. More importantly, though, he noted the new coaching staff (though position coach Shawn Jefferson is a holdover) is asking him to be more disciplined in his routes instead of giving him the opportunity to freelance and adjust his route like he had from the old regime last year. It’s interesting to get confirmation of that, which I wondered about at times watching them, and will be interesting to see if Wright can be as productive in a more disciplined system. I’m confident that unless he gets hurt Wright will play a lot and catch a lot of balls in 2014. I don’t know if that will end up meaning 70 catches (the low end) or over 100 (the higher end). My guess is that however many catches he ends up with he’s more likely to be closer to 12.0 yards per catch than the 15.4 in Jim Wyatt’s projections.

Fantasy Impact:

Wright's downfield numbers with Locker are worrisome, but with Ken Whisenhunt running the offense, we have confidence that the unit will be improved and that he'll put Locker and Wright in the best position to make plays. As for Wright's lack of involvement in the red zone, don't be surprised if Whisenhunt dials up WR screens around the 10-yard line with regularity -- he coaxed eight touchdowns out of slot receiver Eddie Royal last season.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 5:13pm

Nashville Tennessean - [Full Article]

Under the previous coaching staff, Titans wide receiver Kendall Wright was given unique freedom to run routes the way he saw fit, as long as he ended up at the right place at the right time.

Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick described it — in complimentary fashion — as "streetballer-ish" and "freewheeling," while offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains just called it creative.

Whatever the term, it worked pretty well, as Wright caught 94 passes for 1,079 yards in 2013. But with a new coaching staff come new roles and responsibilities.

Wright will be expected to adapt not only to a more disciplined approach to route-running, but also to a more disciplined approach at the buffet table, where coaches hope to trim his weight to increase his speed.

Fantasy Impact:

Wright is ranked highest of the Titan WRs on our list and we project him for over 1,000 yards and 88 catches while projecting as a WR3 on your fantasy team. The good news is, according to the story, Wright doesn't seemed too phased about losing some freedom on his routes.

Monday, July 28, 2014, 11:56am

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Titans are going to throw downfield more, and they will be counting on Justin Hunter to make a big contribution as they expand in that department. That, in turn, will help create opportunities underneath.

Fantasy Impact:

This article is mainly about the variety of options QB Jake Locker has this season. Even rookie Bishop Sankey is reliable out of the backfield catching the ball, assuming he takes over as the starter. Kendall Wright is our highest ranked Titan receiver at 28th, though. So while there may be options, from a fantasy perspective a lot of the Titans players will at least only start out as depth on your roster.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 9:17am

Nashville Tennessean - [Full Article]

He's been called a journeyman and a survivor.

Both fit veteran wide receiver Derek Hagan, who's just glad he got a call from the Titans last month. Now it's safe to call him something else — a contender.

Hagan didn't play in 2013 after the Buccaneers released him following training camp. He continued to train, but wondered whether he'd get another shot. Then the Titans, who saw a couple of their undrafted wideouts go down with injuries, asked him to town for a workout. They signed him to a one-year deal.

Is it realistic to think Hagan could make the roster? Anyone who watched the 6-foot-2, 210-pounder participate in minicamp last month saw that he definitely looked the part.

"You can just tell he knows what he is doing," cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson said. "He knows how to get open and things like that. He really impressed me right off the bat."

Fantasy Impact:

According to the story, one thing working in Hagan's favor is there are no locks to make the Titans roster after Nate Washington, Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter. Michael Preston and Marc Mariani are considered next in line, while another journeyman, Brian Robiskie, also is trying to continue his career. Hagan is a ways away from being fantasy relevant, however.

Sunday, July 6, 2014, 12:32pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Torrey Smith, a second-round pick in 2011, enters the final year of his rookie contract with no current indication that the Ravens are prepared to extend his deal.

In his third season, Smith cracked the 1,000-yard barrier for the first time, generating 1,128 yards on a career-high 65 catches. That puts Smith at No. 17 among all pass-catchers, and it creates a potential conundrum regarding his worth.

On one hand, Smith had a great year given the lack of complementary weapons. On the other hand, a high-end wideout should have had even better numbers, especially without players like Anquan Boldin (who was traded in the 2013 offseason) and tight end Dennis Pitta (who missed most of the year with a dislocated hip) not siphoning off throws.

Fantasy Impact:

This year Smith will battle with Pitta, newly signed WR Steve Smith, newly signed TE Owen Daniels and even WR Jacoby Jones for catches. We rank Torrey Smith 26th among WRs with an ADP of the 7th round. We think he'll break the 1,100-yard receiving mark, however, his projected 4.4 TDs is second lowest to only Kendall Wright among our top-30 WRs.

Saturday, June 28, 2014, 2:16pm

The Tennessean - [Full Article]

The Titans have their starting receivers in veteran Nate Washington, rising star Kendall Wright and promising Justin Hunter.

But who will take the role as the fourth receiver when the season opens at Kansas City on Sept. 7?

Michael Preston, second-year pro, has taken every opportunity to stand out to the coaches, especially wide receivers coach Shawn Jefferson.

"He is my jack of all trades," Jefferson said at the conclusion of organized team activities. "He knows all the positions. I can plug him in anywhere, he hustles, blocks, and is a great teammate."

Kendall Wright working to break more tackles

Monday, June 16, 2014, 10:34am

The Tennessean - [Full Article]

"I am not satisfied," Titans WR Kendall Wright said. "I know I am a better football player and I have room to get better. I can easily do a whole lot better."

Specifically, he wants to break a lot more tackles. He feels like if he'd been more slippery, his yardage total could have been even more staggering on his 94 catches, which ranked seventh in the NFL.

"Some of the short passes that I caught, I maybe let the first person tackle me," Wright said. "I have to break that tackle and get way more yards than I did. And that is what I am working on — my explosiveness. It is great to get 1,000 yards. But I want to do a whole lot more after the catch. I need to make more guys miss."

Fantasy Impact:

Wright caught 94 passes for 1,079 yards, but only found the endzone twice. He’s not likely to become a major force in the redzone, though new HC Ken Whisenhunt had success around the goal line with a similar player (Eddie Royal) in San Diego. Royal scored six of his eight TDs from inside the 15-yard line (typically on quick screens), so Whisenhunt may elect to use Wright in the same way.

Titans WR coach cautiously optimistic about Justin Hunter

Friday, June 6, 2014, 1:49pm

The Tennessean - [Full Article]

Titans WR coach Shawn Jefferson on Nate Washington, Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter:

On Washington: "He's a stud. Man, he's a pro. He's leading the group right now and he seems to be in the best shape of his life. He has been making plays out here from Day One. Right now, he's in midseason form. And the group goes as he goes."

On Wright: "He's our X-factor / game-changer. This guy can do it all. He is special without the ball in his hands, drawing coverage, and he's special with the ball in his hands. He is a matchup nightmare for the defense, and he's a hard-working, serious-minded football player."

On Hunter: "He can be the receiver that puts us in the playoffs, and helps us win our division. With the growth he is going to go through, if he can keep progressing he can be the receiver that puts us over the edge. He has that much potential. He has great ability, and has gotten bigger. But keep in mind this is just his second season in the league and he is learning his second offense. He is coming on, but he has to keep working. I like the course he is on."

Fantasy Impact:

Wright (#30) currently leads the trio in our rankings, with Washington (#62) and Hunter (#77) up next. It's interesting that Jefferson tried to lower expectations for Hunter by talking about how this is 'just' his second season and that he's learning his second offense in two years. Hunter has breakout potential (as Jefferson mentioned), but we wouldn't be surprised if Washington scored more fantasy points in 2014.