Wright hauled in a nine-yard touchdown on his lone target of the Lions' win over the Bears. Wright opened the scoring early in the first quarter, working out of right slot and slipping behind the coverage. It was Wright's first catch since Week 7 and he had seen just one target over the eight games in between. Wright is a restricted free agent and, given how seldomly he was used, it would not be a surprise if the Lions let him walk. Wright recorded 80 catches and 11 touchdowns combined in 2013 and 2014, and should find a home quickly as a flex tight end if he does not return to Detroit.
Wright is inactive Sunday against the Chiefs. With Brandon Pettigrew back in action this week to work with fellow tight end Eric Ebron, Wright is the odd man out at the position for the Lions on Sunday.
Wrigth caught one pass off of one target for 13 yards in Sunday's loss to Minnesota. In Eric Ebron's return to the lineup on Sunday Wright was on the field for just four offensive snaps, according to Pro Football Focus, and stayed in as a blocker on three of those plays. New offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter has worked on offensive staffs in Indianapolis and Denver that have used multiple tight ends, so there may be hope for Wright - but one would be advised to see it before believing it.
Wright caught three passes off of six targets for 17 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's win over Chicago. With Eric Ebron and Brandon Pettigrew out, Wright saw the field on 65 plays on Sunday, 23 more than his previous season high and his six targets were his most since Week 12 of last season. Wright's abilities as a flex tight end have earned him niches in Tampa Bay and New England over the past two seasons, but whether he can have a repeat performance in Week 7 largely depends on whether Eric Ebron recovers from his knee injury before then.
Wright will serve as the Lions' starting tight end in Sunday's game against the Bears. Both Eric Ebron (knee) and Brandon Pettigrew (knee) are inactive Sunday, leaving Wright as the only tight end available for the contest. He's shown the ability to turn in some respectable performances when he worked as the starter in Tampa Bay in the past, immediately putting him on the radar as waiver wire pickup in deeper leagues.
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