Wright with the Tennessee Titans in 2013
|No. 12 – Arizona Cardinals|
November 12, 1989|
Mount Pleasant, Texas
|Height:||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight:||185 lb (84 kg)|
|High school:||Pittsburg (Pittsburg, Texas)|
|NFL Draft:||2012 / Round: 1 / Pick: 20|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 5, 2018|
Kendall Thomas Wright (born November 12, 1989) is an American football wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Baylor, where he is the career leader in receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns. Wright was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the first round, 20th overall, of the 2012 NFL Draft.
High school career
Wright attended Pittsburg High School in Pittsburg, Texas, where he was a three-sport standout that earned All-state honors in football, basketball and track. In football, he excelled as a quarterback and cornerback, receiving second-team Class 3A All-State honors from the Texas Sports Writers Association and honorable mention by the Associated Press at both positions as a junior and senior. As a junior, he accounted for 26 total touchdowns and passed for 850 yards. As a senior quarterback, he rushed for 1,069 yards while passing for 1,170 yards, totalling 24 touchdowns.
As an All-State basketball performer, he averaged 24.5 points, six rebounds, five assists and five steals per game en route to receiving 2007 East Texas Player of the Year honors from the Tyler Morning Telegraph. He served as a youth basketball coach while still in high school.
Wright was also a track & field athlete, Wright captured the 2007 Texas Class 3A state long jump title, with a leap of 7.37 meters (24-0 3/4), as well as the state triple jump crown, with a leap of 14.81 meters (48-5 1/4). He received the 2008 Class 3A gold medal in the triple jump after setting a state meet-record leap of 15.48 meters (50-8 3/4).
As a true freshman in 2008, Wright played in all 12 games and led the team in receptions with 50, receiving yards with 649 yards and five touchdowns. The 50 receptions and 649 receiving yards were Baylor freshman records. He also played 13 games for the basketball team. As a sophomore in 2009, Wright again was the team's leading receiver with 66 receptions for 740 yards and five touchdowns. He was an All-Big 12 honorable mention. As a junior in 2010, he was named a second team All-Big 12 selection after recording 78 receptions for 952 yards and seven touchdowns. The 78 receptions set a school record for most receptions in a season. In his senior season, Wright played in all 13 games and had 108 receptions for 1,633 yards with 14 touchdowns. Wright was named 1st Team All-American and All-Big 12.
The following table lists Wright's career statistics.
|Year||Team||GP||Rec||Rec Yds||Avg||Rec TD||Rush||Rush Yds||Avg||Rush TD|
|Ht||Wt||Arm length||Hand size||40-yard dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert jump||Broad|
|5 ft 10 in
|30 1⁄2 in
|8 5⁄8 in
|4.61 s||1.53 s||2.65 s||4.18 s||6.93 s||38 1⁄2 in
|10 ft 1 in|
|All values from NFL Combine|
On July 23, 2012, the Titans signed Wright to a 4-year, $8.8 million contract with a signing bonus of $4.4 million and $7.5 million guaranteed.
As a rookie in 2012, Wright began the season as the third receiver on the depth chart. He played his first game on September 9, 2012, during the Titans season opener and made 5 catches for 37-yards. The next week he earned his first career start and had 2 receptions for 24-yards, while also catching a 15-yard touchdown from Jake Locker, in a 10-38 loss to the San Diego Chargers. On October 7, 2012, Wright caught a season-high 9 passes for 66 receiving yards in a loss at the Minnesota Vikings. In a Week 13 matchup against the rival Houston Texans, Wright had a season-high 78 receiving yards on 6 catches in the 10-24 loss. He finished his rookie year with 64 catches, 626 receiving yards, and 4 receiving touchdowns in 15 games and 5 starts.
Wright began Week 2 of the 2013 season making 7 catches for 54 receiving yards and his first touchdown of the season, in a 24-30 loss to the Texans. During Week 4 contest against the New York Jets, he earned his first start of the season, filling in for Kenny Britt, and finished the game with 5 receptions and 56 receiving yards. On November 24, 2013, Wright made 6 catches for 103-yards and his touchdown in a victory over the Oakland Raiders. It marked his first career game with over 100-yards receiving. Wright broke that receiving mark on December 15, when he caught a career-high 12 passes for 150 receiving yards in a 34-37 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Wright finished the season with 94 receptions, 1,079 yards, and 2 touchdown catches in 16 games and 12 starts. This also marked his last season under Mike Munchak.
Wright began his first season under Ken Whisenhunt with 6 receptions 46 yards and a touchdown in the season-opening win over the Kansas City Chiefs. On October 5, 2014, he hauled in 6 passes for 47-yards and his first 2 touchdown game of his career, in a 28-29 loss to the Cleveland Browns. In Week 13 at Houston, Wright racked up a season-high 132 receiving yards on 7 receptions, while also accounting for a 36-yard touchdown reception against the Texans. He finished the season with 57 receptions, 715 receiving yards, and a career-high 6 touchdown receptions in 14 games and 11 starts.
On April 23, 2015, the Titans picked up the fifth year/$7.32 million option of Wright's contract. In the season opener at Tampa, Wright made 4 receptions for 101-yards and caught a 52-yard touchdown from rookie Marcus Mariota. During a Week 5 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, he had a season-high 7 catches for 95-yards and a touchdown in a 33-35 loss. On November 1, 2015, he suffered a knee injury after making 4 receptions for 21-yards in a loss at the Texans.
Wright played in 11 games with four starts in 2016. He recorded 29 receptions for 416 yards and three touchdowns. While Wright's targets declined from 6.0 per game in 2015 to 3.9 per game in 2016, his 9.7 yards per target ranked No. 7 among NFL wide receivers. In Week 5, he had eight receptions for 133 yards and a touchdown. Days after the season ended, Wright stated that he was "not a part of the 2017 Tennessee Titans", indicating he wanted to play elsewhere in 2017.
On September 10, in his Bears debut, Wright had three receptions for 34 yards in the 23–17 home loss to the Atlanta Falcons at Soldier Field. He finished the season as the Bears' leading receiver with 59 receptions for 614 yards and one touchdown.
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