The Patriots have traded offensive lineman Logan Mankins to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for tight end Tim Wright and a draft pick.
Wright caught 54 passes for 571 yards and scored five touchdowns in his rookie season with the Bucs in 2013. In this preseason, Wright had to catches and 11 yards receiving.
Here are a few more things to know about the Patriots newest receiver.
— Two weeks ago, Tampa Bay coach Lovie Smith criticized Wright’s performance this preseason.
“He hasn’t played as well as Tim should be playing,” Smith said according to ESPN.com. “He’s dropped some balls. If you watched practice, he’s dropped balls. But he’s a big part of what we want to do with the two-receiver, two-tight-end set. Tim hasn’t blocked as well inside. Once you’re that H-back and you don’t block, now they say you’re just another receiver and teams start going nickel. If they do that at least you have to be a good pass catcher. Tim’s a good player. He just hasn’t played as well as he needs to lately.”
After Smith’s negative comments, Wright said he was surprised, but was motivated by what Smith had to say about him.
“It does, for sure, especially when you’re in camp and it’s Week 3 and you’re grinding and grinding,” Wright said. “You go in robot mode a little bit. Once you hear those comments, it just drives you more to go out there and try to be even better.”
Wright admitted that he dropped a few balls in practice and he has struggled with blocking at times.
“You just try to get better,” he told TBO.com last week. “You try to watch film and correct the mistakes that you made. There are some things I’m doing that’s new so I’ve got to give myself a chance, too, but I’m coming along.”
Wright played his college ball at Rutgers under Greg Schiano. He joins Patriots’ defensive backs Devin McCourty, Logan Ryan, Duron Harmon, and linebacker Steve Beauharnais — all of whom came from the New Jersery state university’s football program.
Criminal justice was Wright’s major while at Rutgers.
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The six-foot-four-inch, 220-pound Wright is a native of Neptune, N.J. and played high school football at Wall High School.
Here’s some creepy video from his High School days that some guy named Chris Melvin made.
The 24-year-old Wright was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Buccaneers in April 2013.
Wright played in 25 games with five starts at Rutgers (2009-12) where he caught 50 passes for 596 yards and four touchdowns.
Video: Rutgers one-handed catch:
Wright came into the league as a wide receiver and switched to tight end when he joined the Bucs.
He wore No. 18 as a receiver, but changed to No. 81 when he became a tight end.
Here’s a published interview from the summer discussing his role in Jeff Tedford’s offense: