WR Kendall Wright, Free agent
HT: 5-10, WT: 196, Born: 11-12-1989, College: Baylor, Drafted: Round 1, Pick 20
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Average draft position
Current as of August 25th. [Full ADP list]Overall: S Ridley (75), Kendall Wright (77), G Olsen (78), P Thomas (79)
Position: M Colston (72-WR28), M Wallace (73-WR29), Kendall Wright (77 - WR30), G Tate (81-WR31), S Watkins (83-WR32)
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PPR Average draft position
Current as of August 25th. [Full PPR ADP list]Overall: J Witten (66), M Ryan (67), Kendall Wright (68), J Maclin (69), E Sanders (70)
Position: J Edelman (57-WR24), T Smith (61-WR25), Kendall Wright (68 - WR26), J Maclin (69-WR27), E Sanders (70-WR28)
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Kendall Wright broke out last season, but his fantasy impact was hampered by a lack of touchdowns. That was primarily a result of his usage in the end zone, Wright had just one end zone target on his first 121 targets last season. That target resulted in a touchdown against the Houston Texans. While his usage in the redzone moving forward is unclear, it appears that Wright will feature heavily in Ken Whisenhunt's offense. Whisenhunt's offenses consistently throw a lot to the slot receiver. What Wright did last season, 94 receptions for 1,079 yards and two touchdowns, should be the floor of his expectations entering next season.
2013 Game Summaries
Week 1 - Kendall Wright's first target came on third and 14 when Locker missed him on a quick slant route. Locker looked to Wright on a third down again in the second quarter, but Wright was interfered with by William Gay. The referees didn't call it, but Gay shunted Wright as he looked to get the ball. Wright finally caught his first pass late in the third quarter, as Locker threw him a pass underneath on third and long. Wright was only targeted on third down, as he caught a screen pass on third and long for a short gain in the fourth quarter.
Week 2 - Wright caught Locker's first pass attempt. It was a screen play on second and four that he turned into a 14 yard gain with smart usage of his blockers. Wright made a very impressive reception on the same drive for a seven yard touchdown. He ran an out route from the slot and didn't gain much separation, but did enough to get to a perfectly thrown pass from Locker just before the pylon. Early on the following drive, Locker tried to find Wright again, but dramatically underthrew his receiver on a sideline route. Wright caught another screen pass on third and eight in the second quarter. Just like he had earlier in the game, he showed good vision and understanding with his blockers to convert for a first down. However, the play was negated for a holding penalty on one of those blockers. In the third quarter, Wright caught a three yard crossing route on third and five. He was short of the first down because the pass was underthrown and he had to adjust to make the reception. On their next third down, Locker overthrew Wright as he ran an out route that was well covered by a defender. Wright was Locker's go-to receiver on third down, as he forced the ball down the field to him on the next third and long. The play was broken up as Wright worked back against a defender. A screen play on first and 10 later in the third quarter allowed Wright to again show off his ability to extend runs by using blockers for a seven yard gain. On third and two in the fourth quarter, Locker found Wright open over the middle of the field. Wright made two defenders miss to extend the play to a 14 yard gain. Wright caught a five yard out route on first and 10 soon after before absorbing a big hit for a personal fould penalty. Late in the fourth quarter, the Titans went back to Wright on a screen pass, but he didn't watch the ball into his hands and dropped it as a result.
Week 3 - Wright's first reception didn't look like much, but he showed good extension on a four yard out route when the Titans needed two to convert a third down. He was brave enough and talented enough to make a tough reception. Wright has had lots of success this season with the ball in his hands. Late in the second quarter, he caught a slant before leaving the defender covering him behind and using his blockers downfield for a greater gain. That play was negated by a block in the back penalty however. A few plays later however, Locker found Wright running a shallow crossing route. Locker hit him in stride, allowing him to turn upfield for a first down. On third and 22 early in the fourth quarter, Locker checked down to Wright as the Chargers dropped into deep coverage. Wright made a defender miss and got downfield, but didn't get anywhere close to the first down marker. Wright started off the Titans' game-winning drive with a short reception over the middle. Wright caught a deep in route a few plays later, before stuttering and turning upfield to extend the play again.
Week 4 - Wright's first reception went for 11 yards on first and 10. Antonio Cromartie was playing off coverage and couldn't get to Wright before he ran outside for a first down. Later on the same drive Wright caught a screen pass for four yards. Wright didn't get a chance to run down the field because one of the blockers leading the way never got to his assignment. On third and eight on the same drive, Wright caught a seven yard out route before taking a hit from behind. Wright stayed down after the play, holding his knee. Wright came back in for the next series. Wright ran a clean comeback route that allowed him to come free for a pass that would have been a first down. However, Locker missed him wildly. Two plays later Locker didn't miss as Wright converted a third and long over the middle of the field. Wright converted a third and 13 when he caught a perfect pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick over the middle of the field. Wright appeared to drop his next target as he ran an out route underneath, but Fitzpatrick underthrew the pass and the receiver did well to adjust and give himself a chance at making the play.
Week 5 - Wright ran a post route against cover 2 on his first target. He was working against Brandon Flowers underneath with a safety tight behind him. Ryan Fitzpatrick couldn't fit the ball into him. Wright caught a short pass after running a shallow route from the slot on third and seven. He was stopped two yards short of a first down as the defender tackled him immediately however. Wright caught a six yard crossing route early during the next drive, but hobbled off after he landed hard on the ground. Wright came back into the game, but his next target didn't come until midway through the third quarter. He did well to catch a slightly overthrown pass from Fitzpatrick after running a shallow crossing route. Wright carried the ball down the field for a 16 yard gain. Fitzpatrick went straight back to Wright underneath, and again he carried the ball down the field for a big gain. On third and three late in the fourth quarter, Wright caught a pass at the second attempt for 12 yards. An 11 yard crossing route started the final drive of the game.
Week 6 - With the Titans backed up in their own end zone, Wright beat Brandon Browner down the sideline for a big reception. On the very next play, Wright caught a slant route for a first down in traffic. For the third play in a row, Wright caught an underneath pass before absorbing a big hit. In the fourth quarter, Fitzpatrick fumbled in the pocket and the ball squirted forward. Wright showed excellent awareness and skill to pick it up on the run and sprint down the sideline for a big gain. The play was reversed to an incomplete pass however. Two plays later, Wright ran a slant route to convert a third and five.
Week 7 - On the first third down of the game, Wright escaped underneath before adjusting to a slightly high pass from Locker. From there, the receiver ran down the sideine for a big gain. Wright extended expertly to catch a comeback route for 10 yards on first and 20. On first and 10 late in the second quarter, Wright caught a pass underneath before getting upfield for nine yards. On the very next play, he ran a deep out for a first down. On a screen pass over the middle of the field, Wright gained six yards before being knocked down. In the fourth quarter, Wright turned on the jets on a well blocked screen pass for a big gain down the field. Late in the fourth quarter, Wright caught a shallow crossing route and took a hard hit from an incoming defensive back almost immediately. After Locker extended a play with his feet, he found Wright deep down the sideline for a big gain. It was negated by an irrelevant block in the back though. On another screen play, Patrick Willis made an excellen read to stop Wright for no gain.
Week 9 - Wright's first catch came in the second quarter. He turned a short screen into six yards on third and 13. Wright's next reception came in the third quarter when he was wide open on a slant route for 18 yards. Late in the fourth quarter, after the Rams had tied the game up with a touchdown, Locker found Wright after play action and he broke down the middle of the field for a huge gain.
Week 10 - Wright's first target didn't come until the second quarter, when he dropped the ball on a shallow crossing route. Wright seems to be the most targeted wide receiver in the NFL on third down, as his second target came on third down when he was wide open over the middle for the conversion. Wright immediately caught an eight yard pass on the next play to set up a second and two. On another third down in the third quarter, Wright caught a curl route for a first down. Two plays later, he was tackled for a loss as the Jaguars took away his running lanes on a screen pass. On second and 12, Wright caught a pass underneath in space before turning upfield for an 11 yard gain. On first and 10 late in the fourth quarter, Fitzpatrick found Wright underneath as the Jaguars blitz. With the space afforded to him, Wright made multiple defenders miss to create a big play downfield. Wright caught another first down pass underneath before turning upfield and fumbling the football. He recovered his own fumble at least.
Week 11 - Wright had a big day, but he could have had a few more receptions and yards on the day. He repeatedly ran away from linebackers and safeties over the middle of the field and made defenders miss in space for extra yards, but he also couldn't bring in his first target and dropped another early in the fourth quarter. Wright and Fitzpatrick were on the same page for the most part, but there was also a key in route that would have went for a first down when Fitzpatrick's throw allowed the defender to knock the ball away because of poor ball placement. In spite of his drops in this game, Fitzpatrick should trust Wright to catch the ball with his hands and look to put it out in front of him.
Week 12 - On a third and long near his own goal line, Wright came free on a seam route before making an excellent catch from an excellent throw between two defenders. Wright had two other receptions early in the game that were negated by penalties. To start the third quarter, Wright caught a deep pass over the middle of the field for a first down. On first and 20, Wright caught a shallow out route before breaking two tackles to get seven yards. Wright caught a deep out route on second and six for a first down. Late in the fourth quarter, Wright caught a crossing route when he should have been tackled for a short gain. Wright used his acceleration to get outside for a first down instead. With 10 seconds left in the game, Wright caught the game-winning touchdown pass on an out route. He settled down well by the pylon against zone coverage before falling into the end zone.
Week 13 - Wright couldn't adjust to a slightly underthrown pass for his first target, but immediately caught a first down pass after that on his second. Wright caught a shallow crossing route on second and nine for six yards. Wright caught a quick pass in the flat before breaking a tackle for a seven yard gain on first and 10. A few plays later, Wright caught another first down pass as he ran a quick out route before turning back infield for an extra three or four yards. On a screen play, Wright made a nice catch before getting downfield for a six yard gain. Wright caught a seam route as he adjusted well to an underthrown pass late in the fourth quarter.
Week 14 - Wright's first catch came late in the second quarter. He caught a bubble screen, but quickly fell to the ground for a short gain. Early in the third quarter, Wright caught a deep out for a first down. Wright's lack of usage appeared to be a result of poor quarterback play and a defense that was focusing on stopping him.
Week 15 - Wright didn't feature enough against the Denver Broncos last week. The Titans clearly wanted to make up for that this week as they gave him two early screen passes. One was stopped behind the line of scrimmage while the other went for a first down. Eventually, Wright caught his first pass down the field as he ran a deep in route for a first down. He should have had two more before half time but Fitzpatrick badly missed him twice. He then caught a six yard pass on third and 10 on the Titans' final play of the second quarter. To start the third quarter, Fitzpatrick underthrew Wright by the sideline before he found him on a deep out route to convert a third and long. Two plays later on third and 13, Wright converted by catching the ball short of the first down marker and evading a tackler to fall forward for a first down. Fitzpatrick was locked in on Wright now as he found him on a quick out for five more yards on the following play. The Cardinals were asking Patrick Peterson to cover Wright, but he couldn't handle him. After Antoine Cason's pick-six in the fourth quarter, Wright took over. He caught five passes before the end of the fourth quarter. They weren't just underneath passes either as he made three big plays down the field.
Week 16 - Ryan Fitzpatrick's reluctance to let the ball go limited Wright early on. He had just one reception in the first quarter, an out route from the slot that he caught as the seconds ticked down to 00:00. After a huge game last week to rebound from not featuring against the Broncos the week before, Wright was back to basically being irrelavent during this game. His second reception went for a first down, but it was an underneath route deep in Titans' territory with less than a minute to go in the first half. Instead of ignoring him for long stretches to star the second half, the Titans immediately threw him a bubble screen. However, it was well defended by the Jaguars and Wright was tackled for a loss when he tried to create something out of desperation. On the following drive, the Titans focused on running the ball, but Wright caught a first down pass early on the next drive with the Titans looked to throw the ball. That would be his final involvement, as the Titans focused on running the clock out in the fourth quarter.
Week 17 - Wright saw two underneath targets early on, but his first impactful reception came in the second quarter. He ran a deep in route from the outside to make a reception with a defender on his back for a first down. A few plays later, Wright was matched up with a linebacker underneath in plenty of space. However, Fitzpatrick threw the ball behind him. Wright had one big play in the game that Fitzpatrick couldn't ruin. It was a screen play late in the second quarter when the receiver initially ran into his own blocker behind the line of scrimmage. He quickly recovered before making a defender miss and sprinting down the middle of the field for a 34 yard gain. This was a fitting play to make in his final game of the season because it showed off just how incredibly elusive he is. Wright had his negatives also. Two receptions were negated for penalties and after making a nice adjustment to a tipped pass in the third quarter he had his second fumble on the season.