Kendall Wright Fantasy News

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.

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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.

Report: Titans fire HC Mike Munchak
Saturday, January 4, 2014, 2:48pm

Chris Mortensen, Twitter - [Full Article]

According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, Titans HC Mike Munchak has been fired.

Fantasy Impact:

The franchise is in a fluid state. Chris Johnson may not be back, but the Titans do have a couple of good young receivers in Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter and a solid TE in Delanie Walker.

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Monday, November 25, 2013, 4:59pm

Jim Wyatt on Twitter - [Full Article]

Titans HC Mike Munchak said WR Justin Hunter has earned himself even more playing time with Sunday's performance.

Fantasy Impact:

Hunter caught six balls for 109 yards and a TD against the Raiders. Behind Nate Washington and Kendall Wright, Hunter won't put up steady numbers but could have some value in deeper leagues if you need help at the position.

Kendall Wright making strides
Thursday, November 7, 2013, 10:40am

Titans Insider - [Full Article]

Kendall Wright's numbers this season have been solid. He has a team-high 43 catches at the halfway point of the Titans season and has 502 yards receiving. Those numbers, if doubled, put Wright on pace for 86 receptions and 1,004 yards receiving.

Titans coach Mike Munchak admitted that Wright has become Tennessee's most consistent performer at the receiver position.

“He’s a guy that gets open. If I was a quarterback, I’d be looking at him every snap probably. He’s special,” Munchak said. “I think he’s a guy that’s just going to get better and better. He’s hard to cover, he’s a tough matchup, and he’s quick. He gets off press really quick, and he’s hard to cover. He’s developed into a great weapon for us.”

Fantasy Impact:

Wright is the #24 WR in PPR formats since Week 2 and is a very solid WR3 in that format. In standard formats, he's a low-end WR3.

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