Wright is the latest wide receiver to sign with the Bears, whose receiving corps is currently being revamped after the departure of Alshon Jeffery to the Eagles. Wright is coming off a poor season in Tennessee where he essentially played himself out of the lineup and finished with a career-low 29 catches for 216 yards and three touchdowns. Wright will have the opportunity early on to prove he's a capable wide receiver while competing with newcomer Markus Wheaton for a shot at potentially being the team's third wideout behind Cameron Meredith and Kevin White (fibula).
Wright has accumulated just 27 offensive snaps in back-to-back weeks, catching a combined four passes for 40 yards over two contests against Kansas City and Jacksonville. It won't be the first time Wright has been inactive for non-injury related reasons this season, leaving his good standing with coach Mike Mularkey in question heading into 2017. In his stead, Rishard Matthews and Tajae Sharpe will be in line for their regular roles, while Harry Douglas could see some more action in three wide receiver sets.
Both of Wright's receptions came after Matt Cassel replaced injured starter Marcus Mariota (fibula) under center in the second half. The slot receiver has been a non-factor since the bye, with just four catches for 40 yards over the past three weeks.
Wright caught both of his targets for 19 yards Sunday in Kansas City.
Wright was benched for Week 14 against the Broncos, and didn't impress much in his return to the lineup. Fellow wideout Rishard Matthews and tight end Delanie Walker are the only options quarterback Marcus Mariota trusts with consistent targets on a weekly basis. Wright has compiled just 27 receptions for 395 yards while working as more of a bit player during an injury-plagued campaign.
Wright (coach's decision) will be inactive for Sunday's game against the Broncos, Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean reports.
Wright's productivity had already been on the downswing after he failed to record a reception on his lone target in the team's last game Nov. 27 against the Bears, but he'll be excluded from the game plan entirely this week after missing team meetings Saturday, according to Wyatt. The absence of Wright could end up translating to a more extensive role for Harry Douglas, who caught two passes for 60 yards in the game against the Bears.
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