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What WR Kendall Wright Brings to the Bears Offense

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WR Kendall Wright Signs with Bears

Former Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kendall Wright has signed a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears.

Early Athletic Career

Wright attended Pittsburg (TX) High School where he was a three-sport standout, earning All-State honors in football, basketball, and track. In 2007, he earned the Texas Class 3A state long jump title with a leap of 7.37 meters.

In addition, he won the state triple jump crown with a leap of 14.81 meters. The following year, he won the Class 3A gold medal while setting a state meet-record in the triple jump (15.48 meters).

As both a junior and senior, he received second-team Class 3A All-State honors from the Texas Sports Writers Association and honorable mention by the Associated Press at quarterback and cornerback. His junior year, he accounted for 26 touchdowns and passed for 850 yards. As a senior quarterback, he rushed for 1,069 yards while passing for 1,170 yards and 24 touchdowns.

College Career

From 2008-2011, he attended Baylor University where he played football for the Bears. As a true freshman in 2008, he played in all twelve games. His 50 receptions, 649 yards, and 5 touchdowns were all team-leading. His 50 receptions and 649 receiving yards were also freshman records for Baylor.

He was again the leading receiver his sophomore year with 66 receptions for 740 yards and five touchdowns. Furthermore, he was a 2009 All-Big 12 honorable mention.

In 2010, he was named a second-team All-Big 12 selection after recording 78 receptions for 952 yards and seven touchdowns. His receptions as a junior set a school record for most receptions in a season.

In his senior year, he played in all 13 games and accumulated 108 receptions for 1,633 yards with 14 touchdowns. Because of his performance, he was named first-team All-American and All-Big 12.

With a career totaling 302 receptions for 3,974 yards and 31 touchdowns, Kendall Wright is the career leader in each category at Baylor.

NFL Combine Performance Summary

Though undersized, he showed that he had the speed to take the top off of defenses in the NFL. His athletic ability was widely considered to be his biggest strength. His strong, polished blocking technique made up for his size deficiencies on the field. He used his footwork to run strong routes at the collegiate level, which led to consistent separation and production.

Considered a smart, competitive player who had ball skills that were on par with his overall wideout skills, he received a grade of 88.5.

Professional Career

2012

In the 2012 NFL Draft, the Tennessee Titans selected Wright with the twentieth overall pick. On July 23, he signed a four-year, $8.8 million contract that included a signing bonus of $4.4 million and $7.5 million guaranteed. He was the third receiver on the depth chart his rookie year and played in his first professional game on September 9, 2012 logging five catches for 37 yards in the season opener. Wright started five games during his rookie season, and appeared in 15. He finished the season with 64 receptions for 626 yards and four touchdowns.

2013

Wright passed the century mark for the first time on November 24, 2013, when he recorded 103 receiving yards. That number was surpassed in December when he had a career-high twelve catches for 150 yards. He collected 94 receptions for 1,079 yards and two touchdowns in his sixteen games with five starts that made up his second season.

2014

The first two-touchdown game of his career came on October 5, 2014, followed by a season-high 132 yards on 7 receptions in a week 13 contest with the Houston Texans. With a career-high six touchdowns in 14 games, his third season came to a close with 57 receptions for 715 yards and eleven starts.

2015

On April 23, the Titans picked up the fifth year, $7.32 million option of Wright’s contract. During a week five game against the Indianapolis Colts, he recorded a season-high seven catches for 95 yards and one touchdown. After making four catches for 21 yards on November 1 against the Texans, he suffered a knee injury resulting in his absence from play for the next three games.

He wrapped up his fourth season with a total of 36 receptions for 408 yards and three touchdowns over ten games with nine starts.

2016

In his final season with Tennessee, he played in eleven games with four starts and recorded a mere 29 receptions for 416 yards and a single touchdown. Consequently, Wright stated that he was “not a part of the 2017 Tennessee Titans”.

Wright is indeed playing elsewhere for the 2017 season as he joins the Chicago Bears.

Take a look at Tom Thayer’s breakdown of Kendall Wright in his film review.

 

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