Receiver turning in better performance each week

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 19, 2013 at 4:41 pm •  Published: December 19, 2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Titans coach Mike Munchak believes Kendall Wright is going to be a player watch for many years in the NFL.

The second-year player isn't waiting for the future.

Wright is coming off yet another career-best. He caught 12 of the 20 passes thrown his way for 150 yards against Arizona. The first-round pick out of Baylor in 2012 ranks seventh in the NFL with 85 catches and his 1,007 yards put him 17th. He's also the second-youngest receiver in franchise history to reach 1,000 yards in a season behind only Ernest Givins back in 1986.

He's also tied with Anquan Boldin of San Francisco for the most receptions (29) on third down.

"We were really excited about him last year, but he really dedicated himself in the offseason, got in better shape, worked hard, really understands the schemes ...," Munchak said of Wright. "But he's special. He's going to be fun to watch for a lot of years."

Munchak credited offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains with doing a good job designing plays to take advantage of Wright's strengths, which include being very slithery as he races his way to the spot where the ball is being thrown to him. Wright also lost a few pounds in the offseason after his rookie year trying to boost his speed even more. The Titans list the 5-foot-10 receiver at 191 pounds this season.

Wright also works hard daily in practice and meetings, challenging both himself and fellow receivers to be better. He had his first 100-yard receiving game of his career Nov. 24 in a win at Oakland where he caught the winning touchdown with 10 seconds left, and he had his best game yet in last week's 37-34 overtime loss to Arizona.

Offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains said Thursday throwing to Wright 20 times in that game was by design trying to get the ball to a good player. It didn't hurt that Munchak benched rookie Justin Hunter and Damian Williams for violating team rules in that game.

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