Wright may end up being quite the catch at the tight end spot. We know he can play ball, but despite what our record was last year, Wright is a WINNER, and has the stats to back it up.
You may know how Wright had 50 grabs last year as a rookie and hauled in 4 Touchdown passes, pretty impressive numbers for a rookie in the TE spot, but that doesn't show you how much of a winner this guy truly is.
Comparing Wright's 2013 Win Probability Added (WPA) to the rest of the league, he comes ahead of prime targets Jimmy Graham and Antonio Gates. Wright comes in at a 0.73 while Graham and Gates come in at 0.55 and 0.53 respectively.
Win Probability Added is a stat that determines the positive and negative impact a player has when being directly involved in a play. The higher the better.
Wright's first year gave him 15th among all tight ends in that category. The top man in WPA was Tony Gonzalez, who had a whopping 1.64 -- which, by the way -- is a serious hole that the Falcons are going to have to fill.
Wright is even higher in Expected Points Added. He achieved #11 in the league for this category. For tight ends that have played at least 10 games last year, Wright ranked 10th among all tight ends in EPA per play. He falls in right behind Gonkowski at #10 and Greg Olsen at #8. EPA and WPA are quite similar except that EPA counts towards plays that are more or less likely to aid the team in scoring points.
As for sure hands, Wright was also 10th in the league for tight ends in Catching Rate. Wright was able to give Mike Glennon a 10% increase in his accuracy, from 59.4% to 69.4%. Wright is even ahead of Tony Gonzalez in this field. As far as increasing QB completion percentage, Gonzalez was only able to increase Matt Ryan's accuracy by about 1%.
So, when you're cheering for our new toy Austin Seferian-Jenkins, make sure to save some of your voice for all the WINNING plays Tim Wright will be making this year.Statistics are courtesy of Advanced Football Analytics.