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Tim Wright Is Pretty Good

October 18, 2013 at 03:06pm by Scott   •  25 Comments »

Nice article on Tim Wright, who is making the splash that I had hoped Luke Stocker would have made but never did.

The undrafted rookie tight end who was converted from receiver has emerged as a favorite target for new Bucs quarterback Mike Glennon, catching seven passes for 91 yards in Sunday’s loss to the Eagles.

That’s a far different arrival than under coach Greg Schiano at Rutgers, where Wright didn’t catch a pass until his fourth year on campus and had only one game to rival what he did Sunday, albeit against the NFL’s second-worst pass defense.

The Bucs took a Rutgers player? The hell you say!

In Schiano’s final season, 2011, Wright had 11 catches for 147 yards. But he more than tripled those numbers as a senior. His best game, coincidentally, came at Raymond James Stadium, where he had eight catches for 125 yards in a win against USF.

I would like to thank author Greg Auman for not using the word “ironically” there. I just had to point that out since no one seems to care if they use words properly anymore. Wright having his best game at Raymond James is definitely a coincidence and is not ironic. Thank you, Greg.

This year’s draft saw 16 tight ends drafted. Only three have more receiving yards than Wright’s 138 (one also has 138) and none more than his 132 over the past two games.

The Bucs tradition of finding gems in the undrafted pool continues. This isn’t to say that Wright is the next Jason Witten, but the offense works better when they have a reliable tight end to go along with the receivers. Kellen Winslow may not have bought into the system, but his catches in clutch situations have been harder for the Bucs to replace than they thought. Hopefully Wright is someone who can fill that role. Anyway, there are some interesting nuggets in the article along with the small addendum where we learn that Wright was the team barber (small b) at Rutgers and is continuing to do so for some guys on the Bucs. If anyone can get the championship hair back to Tampa, it’s Wright.

25 Comments to “Tim Wright Is Pretty Good”


JV (October 18, 2013 at 07:57pm:

Good read Scott Thanks.


manbearpig (October 20, 2013 at 04:32pm:

My anger for this team has spilled over. I actually commented on joebucsfan as “dontcareanymore”. But what I said was true. Awful team. Worse website. What a fucking putz.


Louie (October 20, 2013 at 08:32pm:

At this point, I go into games expecting the Bucs to lose. This leaves me disappointed, but no longer angry – no more ranting and raving from me this year! If/when they win one, I’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Here’s how I expect the rest of the season to unfold: Bucs will win a game or two (I hope!) and contend with the Jags for the 1st overall draft pick. The Glazers will fire Schiano & company on Black Monday. I hope the Glazers don’t screw around like last time, instead, moving quickly to hire someone good w/NFL experience. What happens to Dom kind of depends on the new coach. Dom has done some good things, but he’s also had his share of misses and left the team w/little depth in certain areas. If the new guy wants control or wants “his guy”, then demote Dom.


HAGEN205 (October 20, 2013 at 08:54pm:

ok lets be honest first game as a rookie on the road against the falcons I wasn’t expecting them to win but we played pretty well all things considered p.s I have tried not to like glennon just don’t like how small he is and skinny and funny looking but he has done pretty dam well I know 3 losses isn’t enough but he has only improved every week but I think the first REAL test will be on Thursday


manbearpig (October 21, 2013 at 09:02am:

I’ve taken a deep breath. I will not let this season affect my mood any longer this season. Have a good week dudes.


Louie (October 21, 2013 at 10:34pm:

I can’t ever remember Gruden calling for a player to be benched on MNF like he just did w/Freeman.

Matt Price

Matt Price (October 22, 2013 at 01:26am:

Tonight was why getting rid of Freeman is a good thing. He’s just not accurate. Gruden was being very kind to keep saying that he needs time to study the offense. It doesn’t take study to hit a guy standing alone in the open.

And according to ESPN Freeman overthrew his receivers on 16 pass attempts against the Giants – -the most overthrown passes by any quarterback in a game since the start of the 2006 season. Freeman also has overthrown the highest percentage of passes in the NFL this season.

Whether or not Schiano is a good coach we’ll see, but Freeman is not a franchise QB.


jampersands (October 22, 2013 at 11:01pm:

I too have stopped expecting the Bucs to look anything other than awful on Sundays, which leaves me significantly less unhappy than earlier in the season. I’m mostly be watching to see if unproven guys like Glennon, Owusu, Wright, and Mike James can show anything positive.

That said, I’m torn on Glennon. If he starts to do exceptionally well (which he won’t) I’d say he deserves a chance to hang on to the position next year. But if he continues to play mediocre football (which he almost certainly will) and we end up with a top 3 pick next year, I’ll be very unhappy if we don’t draft a QB just because Glennon has become Schiano’s guy.


Aesir_B (October 24, 2013 at 03:34pm:

Glad to see the odd post from Scott. I’m in Manbearpig’s corner. It’s starting to hurt less now. Gonna try and get happydrunk and not angrydrunk for tonight’s game. Enjoy all!


Louie (October 24, 2013 at 10:43pm:

28-6, I’ve seen enough. Tuning out – good night.

J. Martin

J. Martin (October 24, 2013 at 10:59pm:

Can’t really pin this one on Schiano. Individual mistakes killed the team (bad snaps, drops, overthrows, and the punt return fumble). That said, Schiano didn’t do what he really needed to do: get the W.

Matt Price

Matt Price (October 24, 2013 at 11:12pm:

Here’s my concern. Watching the game tonight, the Bucs are just unprepared. They look lost. The defense in particular was constantly on the wrong side of the field. They aren’t finishing their blocks or their tackles. There’s no hustle either. I see no pursuit, no attempts by linemen or wide receivers to help block downfield, and when a Panther catches the ball everyone behind him just starts jogging.

There is definitely something wrong with this team other than talent.


HAGEN205 (October 25, 2013 at 12:17am:

there have been reports that if there Is signs of quit in the team that schiano would be let go I think tonight was a pretty big sign from the players on what route the would like to take on the bright side Gerald McCoy looked great and I just hope they draft an amazing qb first round glennon is fine but we need better then fine


manbearpig (October 25, 2013 at 09:57am:

At least we have Lavonte David. Guy is a beast!


Louie (November 03, 2013 at 08:18pm:

Same shit, different week.


Louie (November 12, 2013 at 12:42am:

Bucs finally do enough in the 2nd half to win one — no winless season!


scott22 (November 14, 2013 at 12:29am:

Tell us what to think BucStats Guy! (aka Scott)


TnBuc (November 14, 2013 at 07:39pm:

A win is a win, I am thrilled. Plus, I actually got to watch the game up here. Now, before it was suck for Luck. Now, we are doing the downie for Clowney. None of the qb’s mentioned really get me stoked – especially not Manziel. We need a tight end so bad though. Let’s have fun, it’s football. Hopefully, nothing can be as bad as before…


Aesir_B (November 16, 2013 at 08:44pm:

Have to say I really enjoyed that. Still can’t stand Schiano but yeah it’s nice to see the Bucs win.
Tomorrow the Falcons and what do I see they’re 2-7? What the hell? Shows how much I’ve tuned out this season already/


HAGEN205 (November 18, 2013 at 08:47pm:

kinda sad to see that we won 2 games and nobody cares


Louie (November 24, 2013 at 05:09pm:

In spite of the idiot kicker – GREAT defensive effort today w/o Revis in the 2nd half. A nice win against a team with a winning record.


Louie (November 24, 2013 at 05:44pm:

The Glazers speak. It sure sounds like Schiano will get a 3rd season.


HAGEN205 (November 25, 2013 at 12:41am:

were did you hear that louie?


Louie (November 25, 2013 at 11:55am:

Hagen, Roy Cummings tweeted it yesterday…

Bucs co-chairman Joel Glazer on Bucs coach Greg Schiano: “the team never doubted him in the Locker room.”


Bucs co-chairman Joel glazer on last three wins: speaks volumes about Greg


HAGEN205 (November 26, 2013 at 12:37am:

thanks I guess I don’t know how to feel about this I am going to see my first game in tampa against the bills (I live in ND) so if anyone has any tips let me know places to go tings to do that sort of thing

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