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Under the Radar: TE Timothy Wright, Buccaneers

Timothy Wright catching a pass this preseason vs. Miami. from: buccaneers.com

Timothy Wright went undrafted this year, signed a free agent deal on April 27th with the Buccaneers, converted to tight end from wide receiver less than two months ago and has managed to make it all the way through to the Bucs’ final 53 man roster. Wright’s preseason stats are not too impressive, going for 2 catches on 7 targets for 20 yards; still, the Buccaneers felt his presence to be important enough to keep him on the active roster over camp stand outs Chris Owusu and Ka’Lial Glaud, as well as Tiquan Underwood and Najee Goode, who were on the roster last year. Wright may be the benefactor of switching to a position of need, and the high ankle sprain of Tom Crabtree on Thursday. While some may still see his roster stay as temporary, I believe that Wright, with his 6’4” frame and 4.65 40 yard dash, may be the perfect fix for the Buc’s unrelenting desire for a field stretching tight end. Rumors arose after the draft that had they not dealt their 1st round pick to the Jets, they would have selected Notre Dame TE Tyler Eifert 13th overall. The Wright project appears to be an extension of their search for this type of player.

 

Wright currently lists as 220 lbs, which is not an ideal weight for a TE in the NFL, but Schiano must be familiar enough with his work ethic and determination to give his NFL career a new trajectory and a chance to impact the Bucs this season in a big way. With the aforementioned Crabtree out for an undisclosed amount of time, we could see Wright on the field very soon as second tight end to provide an additional mismatch. I am not suggesting that Timothy Wright will rise to the top of fantasy stardom, but his potential and progression in the Buccaneers offense this year should be a great story to follow.

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