Tennessee Titans rookie wide receiver Kendall Wright leads all rookie wide outs with 48 receptions, 438 yards, and four touchdowns. He also leads all Titans receivers in receptions. He was the Titans’ 2012 1st round pick, selected 20th overall from Baylor University.
How proud were you to see your former team Baylor knock off #1 Kansas State?
Man, it was a great moment. It was our bye week so I got to be at the game and hang out with the team for the week. It was really awesome.
What was going through your mind on draft day? How did it feel when you received the call from the Titans?
You know, the draft can be so unpredictable. No one knows if they’re going to be a first round pick or not. I was in New York in my hotel room watching it on TV. I was patient, not nervous. Then I got the phone call and I was really excited. You see these guys playing on TV, like Chris Johnson, and you know it’s a good thing. I was just excited to be a Titan.
What are some of the biggest differences between playing receiver in college and in the pros?
Oh man. In the NFL, everybody is just as good, just as fast. I just work on my technique, my route running, my timing. It’s all about finding your rhythm.
You lead all the rookie wide receivers in receptions—what do you attribute most to your success?
I know my role on this team. We’ve got Cook, Nate [Washington], Britt—all of those guys are targets. My title is just to be there ready to make a play.
You’ve gotten the chance to connect with both Titans quarterbacks, Matt Hasselbeck and Jake Locker. What are the biggest differences between the two?
Yeah, I’ve gotten to practice a lot with both. They are both great quarterbacks. Jake definitely likes to scramble more, but they both take complete charge of the huddle when they’re in the game.
After the Titans loss 51-20 loss to the Bears at home, owner Bud Adams had some pretty harsh words for the team. Did you all respond to his comments?
I mean, we all knew we had played horrible. That wasn’t the Titans we knew we could be. I was just happy we rebounded at Miami the next week.
Who on the Titans has been a good role model or mentor for you during your rookie season?
Nate Washington has definitely been my guy. I listen to everything he says. This is his 8th year in the league so he knows what he’s doing.
Coming out of the draft, all eyes were on your Big 12 and now division rival Justin Blackmon. Have you kept up with him this season?
Yeah, I know Justin real well. We went through the whole draft process together. I’m glad to see him break out.
RG3 was your quarterback in college and he’s quickly rising to the top of the NFL. What do you think of his transition to the NFL?
I’m not surprised he’s having so much success. We’ve texted all season. It was a lot of fun watching him play on Thanksgiving against the Cowboys.
I’ve done everything I’ve been told to do. I buy all the things they ask me to. I just try to do what I’m told and get it over with. I don’t like it, but I just do it. I don’t want to have to ask anything of the rookies next year.
Do people ever come up to you and talk to you about your fantasy football production?
Yeah, people come up and ask me about it. People are really serious about it. But they don’t know how hard it is, they’re not out there playing the game.
I saw that you like to play Madden. Do you play as yourself or do you have another favorite player?
Oh I never play myself. I always play RG3. He’s where it’s at.
What is your favorite part about Nashville?
I’ve started listening to country music. It’s pretty funny.