Kendall Wright Fantasy News
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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."
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
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.
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 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."
"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."
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 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."
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.
According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, Titans HC Mike Munchak has been fired.
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.
Friday, December 6, 2013, 5:49pm
Titans WR Kendall Wright (ankle, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 14. Wright has gained at least 69 yards and/or scored a TD in 10 of his last 11 games. He has a very nice matchup against the Broncos and the Titans will likely be pressed into catch up mode early in the game.
Thursday, December 5, 2013, 6:40pm
Titans WR Kendall Wright (ankle) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday. Wright has gained at least 69 yards and/or scored a TD in 10 of his last 11 games.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013, 6:36pm
Titans WR Kendall Wright (ankle) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Wright has gained at least 69 yards and/or scored a TD in 10 of his last 11 games.
Friday, November 29, 2013, 5:59pm
Titans WR Kendall Wright (ankle, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 13. Wright has been a sneaky good start for the entire season and that shouldn’t change in Week 13 against the Colts.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013, 7:40pm
Titans WR Kendall Wright (ankle) was limited in Wednesday's practice. Wright has been a sneaky good start for the entire season and that shouldn’t change in Week 13 against the Colts.
Monday, November 25, 2013, 4:59pm
Titans HC Mike Munchak said WR Justin Hunter has earned himself even more playing time with Sunday's performance.
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.
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