NFL: Tennessee Titans-OTA

“Could somebody hold one of my balls?”

Last season, Kendall Wright had 94 receptions for 1,079 yards with 2 touchdowns. Yes, you read that correctly. Just two. That is not Kendall Wright, rather, it’s Kendall Wrong. Bold pun strategy there, I know. Simply magical. Now that I got that out of my system, you should know there are quite a few reasons why Wright is underrated. He’s a 5’10” receiver, which translates into a smaller target in terms of the red zone, and his yards after the catch potential has been limited. Add in the fact that the Titan’s quarterback position is questionable, on the surface, you have a  guy that only has 6 career touchdowns spanning 26 games with a mediocre supporting cast. Yes, even after telling you all of that, you still need to buy. Why, may you ask? And you probably should, seeing as how I specifically tailored the rest of this post based on that assumption. Then again, I’m basically having a conversation with myself pretending that you are asking me something when the lack of time-travel and telepathy specifically does not allow this…

So I’m just going to pretend that you did ask, even though I can’t really verify this… And so the reason you want Kendall Wright on your fantasy team is not really because of Kendall Wright (though he does play “some” part in this), but because of Ken Wisenhunt. The new head coach of the Tennessee Titans brings what is arguably one of the top offensive minds in the NFL today, and just left a wake that saw the resurgence of Philip Rivers, a career year from Ryan Mathews, and the rookie-breakout campaign from Keenan Allen. He did a couple of things here and there with the Cardinals and Steelers too, so let’s just say he has a strong body of work to draw upon. Specifically with Kendall Wright and the wide receiver position, Wisenhunt has shown a philosophy that focus’ on catching abilities, separation, and after the catch skills.

“Some of the short passes that I caught, I maybe let the first person tackle me… 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.”Kendall Wright

Sounds like a good idea, as I would assume most wide receivers would like to work on this ability. I would work on my explosiveness too, but I don’t really have any athletic ability to speak of, combined with a strong desire to stay physically intact and not molecule and red mist in someone’s face. And as stated in the beginning, while Wright’s pass-catching ability is a positive, these other facet’s of his game are being focused on, and that’s good. But what’s even better is that they are being focused on by a coach with a proven track record and system who can augment those skills. While Jake Locker may or may not be the long-term answer at quarterback, a Wisenhunt offense has always shown a penchant for the short and medium pass, a quick-rhythm offense and spread scheme, and always taking whatever the defensive is giving each Sunday. All these things should benefit Locker, and in turn, Wright. And let’s not forget Wisenhunt’s stacked formations and bubble screens, which create even more touchdown potential for Wright and company.

For many legitimate reasons, Kendall Wright, and for the most part, the entire Titan’s roster is flying under the radar for the upcoming season. And because of that, you’ll probably see a couple more names pop up in our underrated series. But starting with Kendall just felt too Wright. (Sorry.)

  1. Brian says:
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    I drew pick number 8 in a non ppr league 6 pts per passing , rushing and receiving td. I am leaning towards Montee Ball with my first pick off the draft is that crazy ? My other thought is to go Calvin if he falls or Jimmy Graham and grab best rb available on the turn such as Gio or Bell. What would your strategy be with pick 8 ?

    Thanks

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Brian: Even in non ppr, I’d be looking to grab a lot of guys before Ball. Megatron, Lynch, Murray, Graham, Thomas, etc.

      • Bryce Krispie Treats says:
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        @Jay:

        Agreed. That first pick can make or break your draft. I wouldnt spend it on a guy that has yet to really produce. Its a great breakout pick, but at a lower cost.

  2. Bonghuetz says:
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    Since my baseball season has already gone to shit, time to focus on the foosball.

    14 team PPR league with Keepers question. I’m already keeping Jimmy Graham but I’m torn between Keenan Allen and Michael Floyd, who would both cost me the same 12th round pick. I’m worried about a sophomore slump for Allen – with all of the injuries the Whale’s Vaginas had at wide receiver last year and his relatively low profile heading into the season, he was thrust into action early and performed like a beast when defenses didn’t focus on him. But I’m worried that with a year of film and more attention from opposing defenses, and the relative health (at least for now) of the other wide receivers, I’m worried that the regression fairies might hit. I like Floyd’s potential and how Arizona looks in general going into this year, as well as how he closed the 2nd half of last year. Am i crazy to consider Floyd over Allen? Your thoughts are greatly appreciated.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Bonghuetz: Yeah, my teams are probably worse than yours.

      I still like Allen more here.

  3. mcBlunty says:
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    long term keeper league, full PPR, can keep 4 (can play two TE’s one in a flex) need 4 from this group of 5

    jimmy graham
    r gronk
    t brady
    arian foster
    alfred morris

    to me it comes down to foster and Morris, i think foster will have a big bounce back year, but Morris is 2 years younger, whats your thoughts?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @mcBlunty: I’d actually drop Brady back into the pool.

  4. SydeEye Sally says:
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    Yeah, I’m in a 12-tm, ppr keeper lg and I’m torn between keeping Wright and that guy Mike in Arizona….

    Already keeping Julio and DJAX

  5. Bye Felicia says:
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    I think you have Sammy Watkins underrated. #141? That’s damn near undrafted in 12 teamers!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      I think he could rise as the preseason goes on, but I’m not a believer in Manuel, or first-year receivers in general. I’m probably the minority here, for sure.

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