Titans receivers coach Shawn Jefferson said Kendall Wright is “well on his way to becoming one of the top playmakers” in the slot and he’s “pleasantly surprised” with the way the second-year pro has handled playing outside in two-receiver formations.
“He’s blessed with a rare skillset of hands, hand-eye coordination. He has above average speed and for his size, he plays big,” Jefferson said. “The thing I love about him the most is when the ball is in his hands, that’s when he’s the most dangerous. He can make a person miss and create yards after the catch.”
Wright has a team-best 40 receptions for 433 yards (10.8 per catch) with one touchdown, and 237 of those receiving yards have come after the catch, ranking him 14th in the NFL in that category.
The Titans have moved Wright to the lead “X” position in the offense opposite Nate Washington in the “Z” position when they are in two-receiver sets, and he’s handled the challenge. Wright’s success early against Seattle prompted the Seahawks to shift their coverage. He tied a career-high with nine receptions the following week against the 49ers while working outside and in the slot.
“It’s gone good for me. I like it. As long as I’m out there on the field I’m capable of making plays so I don’t mind being on the inside or outside,” Wright said. “I like both and feel like most of my production has come from the inside this year, but it’s good that I can do both. We have a lot of receivers out here that can do both. I don’t prefer to slide more to the outside. I just want to be on the field.”
Wright has had at least five catches in six games this season and 21 of his catches have resulted in first downs.
Jefferson said an analogy for Wright is a basketball gym rat that would dive across the floor at the sight of a basketball and the player who would get to it first.
Wright’s first love was basketball, but now he just shoots hoops from time to time to clear his head.
Jefferson said Wright’s decision to focus on football is boding well for him wherever he is on the field.
“Kendall is blessed with lateral quickness and he’s very good in his short area quickness,” Jefferson said. “I’m not as worried anymore when he’s one that outside because of his quickness. He’s just a playmaker.”
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