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TE Wright continues breakout rookie season



TAMPA -- A big part of both touchdown drives in the Bucs' loss Sunday to the 49ers was undrafted rookie tight end Tim Wright, who continues to be a favorite target of fellow rookie Mike Glennon.

Wright had five of his seven catches on those two drives, including a 26-yard catch to set up the Bucs' first score and a 24-yard touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter.

"The hard work I put in in the offseason that no one else sees, it shows on game days and shows on Sundays, so I'm glad," said Wright, who caught a game-high seven catches for 82 yards.

With the touchdown grab, Wright set the Bucs record for a rookie tight end, breaking the mark of three set by Calvin Magee in 1985. He's also among the league's top rookie tight ends this season -- he is now tied for the league lead in receptions (45) with Washington's Jordan Reed, and his 486 receiving yards are just 13 yards behind Reed's total. The only rookie tight end with more touchdowns is Detroit's Joseph Fauria, who has six.

The Rutgers graduate was wide-open on his touchdown, running down the right side and then breaking toward the corner of the end zone, where Glennon dropped in a pass that cut San Francisco's lead to 20-14 with 14:50 remaining.

"It's a play we practiced all week and everybody did their job on the play," Wright said. "The line held up, other guys ran their routes well, I ran my route well, Glennon delivered and we scored."

[Last modified: Sunday, December 15, 2013 7:48pm]


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