Tim Wright named to All-Emerge team

Al Messerschmidt

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are getting all kinds of young-player awards now.

Tim Wright was a surprising break-out star last season for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In fact, he was one of the very few consistent bright spots on one of the worst NFL offenses of 2013. With 54 catches for 571 yards and five touchdowns, Wright was the second-most productive Bucs receiver behind only Vincent Jackson.

That kind of production will turn some heads, including that of The MMQB's Andy Benoit, who names Tim Wright to his All-Emerge Team, citing Wright's receiver skills as a tight end facing linebackers and safeties. Throughout the season, Wright consistently got open down the field and down the seam.

Wright has great size for a wide receiver, but he doesn't really have the speed or skills to consistently beat cornerback, which is why his conversion to tight end worked so well. That does create another weakness, though: his blocking, which is atrocious. He doesn't have the size or strength to hold up against defensive linemen or linebackers in the run game. He also struggles when those players get physical with him in coverage.

The question for the new Bucs coaching staff will be whether they want him to bulk up a little, so he can be more useful as a blocker and receiver, or whether they want to try to convert him back to receiver. The difference between a slot receiver and a receiving tight end is getting smaller every year, after all.

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