Titan receiver Kendall Wright, the 20th overall pick in the 2012 draft, has gotten a playbook.
It’s his first playbook.
Not just his first NFL playbook. His first playbook ever.
Baylor didn’t use a playbook, and Wright’s high-school team didn’t have one, either.
“For me, it’s learning everything,” Wright said Friday, via the Associated Press. “I was just out there. We had a lot of different stuff we ran at Baylor. But right now I have a playbook that I’m studying every night and going over with coaches in the meetings. It’s a different learning process for me.”
Still, Wright had memorized 300 plays at Baylor, which were called in from the sidelines. So he’s definitely got the brain power to pick up the plays that are reduced to writing in Tennessee.
“It’s a big book with a lot of plays in it, so I’m just looking at whatever position coach [Dave Ragone] wants me to look at,” Wright said. “There’s a lot of different positions he’s got me looking at. I’m just soaking it all in and going through it every day.”
So far, coach Mike Munchak likes what he sees.
“Kendall looks good,” Munchak said. “He looks like we thought. A lot of learning going on, a lot of teaching going on. . . . It’s hard to get too excited over a rookie after a day or two, but I think all the guys look like we thought they would.”
For Wright, perhaps the biggest key to his impact will be the performance of receiver Kenny Britt, who is recovering from a torn ACL. If Britt continues to command double coverage, Wright could find himself in favorable matchups — and he could end up catching a lot of passes, regardless of whether the plays are reduced to a playbook, communicated by hand signals, or drawn up in the dirt.