The Tennessee Titans offense can now be officially welcomed into the 21st century.
Tennessee's selection of Baylor wide receiver Kendall Wright, a speedster with game-breaking potential, adds yet another weapon to a Titans offense that already features Kenny Britt, Nate Washington, Jared Cook and, of course, Chris Johnson.
The days of playing defense, kicking field goals and running backs getting 25 carries in a 13-10 game appear to finally be a thing of the past in Tennessee.
The Titans still need help on defense in the 2012 draft, but when they saw a player that offensive coordinator Chris Palmer described as "electric" still sitting there with the 20th pick in the first round, they grabbed him.
"We're very excited to make our first-round pick in Kendall Wright of Baylor. We spent a lot of time watching Kendall. We brought him in here for a visit, sent our coaches to work him out," Ruston Webster said of his first-ever pick as Titans general manager. "He is an exciting playmaker who can help us in a lot of ways. He'll be fun to watch, and it'll make our offense even better than it is, and we're very excited about that."
Wright figures to play right away in offensive coordinator Chris Palmer's system, one that is similar to the New York Giants system that combines a solid running game with a big-play passing game. It is clear that the Titans will employ Wright and hope to put plenty of solid weapons around future franchise quarterback Jake Locker long-term with veteran Matt Hasselbeck also benefiting in the short run.
Palmer, a coaching veteran whose days date back to the Houston Oilers' run-and-shoot and later with the Drew Bledsoe-led New England Patriots under Bill Parcells, not to mention stints as head coach in Cleveland and offensive coordinator of the Houston Texans.
Palmer sees no reason by Wright won't be the right fit, right now.
"You go back and look at New England and we had Terry Glenn who caught 90 balls as a rookie. We had Kevin Johnson of Syracuse as a receiver (in Cleveland), and he caught eight touchdowns. We had Andre Johnson who had 975 yards his rookie year (in Houston)," Palmer said. "I think this system allows a rookie to come in and play early, and there's enough evidence of that in the history of our coaching to indicate that we're counting on this guy to come in and play."
Wright also gives Tennessee some insurance in case Britt's surgically-repaired knee is uncooperative for the start of the season, though Tennessee expects Britt to be ready by the opener barring any setbacks.
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