In the NFL one team’s roster cut is another teams treasure and that could be the case for Tim Wright and the New York Giants. The New England Patriots released Wright yesterday and the veteran tight end is an interesting option for the Giants in free agency.
If the name sounds familiar to you and you don’t know why, its because Wright was a part of the trade that sent l time Patriots guard Logan Mankins to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Wright caught 26 receptions last season, amazingly scoring 6 touchdowns for the Patriots.
While Wright was a nice piece to the Patriots offense, the Patriots decided they didn’t need him. Wright is a quality tight end however and the Giants could use help at that position. In Wright’s rookie season with the Buccaneers he had 54 receptions for 571 yards, 5 touchdowns.
Wright’s best game of the 2014 season was in week 8 against the Chicago Bears. Wright had 7 receptions, 68 yards and a touchdown. Wright is dependable when called upon and he when his name is called he makes big plays. He averages 10.4 yards per reception in his two seasons in the NFL.
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The Giants tight end position is essentially Larry Donnell and everybody else. Daniel Fells hasn’t lived up to his potential. Adrien Robinson is the guy that the Giants had highest hopes for at the tight end position but he hasn’t really done much. Jerome Cunningham has a lot of potential and could be ready to get some playing time.
That being said the Giants number two tight end position is pretty much in the air. If the Giants were to bring in Tim Wright he would be the most accomplished player for that role. Wright is also a serviceable blocker in addition to his receiving skills. The Giants could get a lot out of running two tight end looks on the offense.
Bringing in Wright wouldn’t cost a lot and it would make the Giants a little better. Obviously the Giants priority should be signing the newly available Evan Mathis but don’t forget about Wright.