Two-Deep Breakdown: WR Tim Wright

Spring camp is over and the Rutgers football team is back on campus for summer classes and workouts. Coming out of the spring, is here to individually break down every expected member of the summer two-deep. Today, we continue momentum toward camp with a look at wide receiver Tim Wright.

Taking an in-depth, individual look at the key members of the roster, today looks at senior Tim Wright, who begins camp as a second-team wide receiver.

Past Experience — Unfortunately for Wright, knee problems highlighted his first four seasons with Rutgers. After two years in development, Wright was poised for a breakout sophomore season before a knee injury brought an end to his opportunity.

Wright does not have stellar career numbers — 11 catches for 147 yards and two touchdowns — but has been a valuable leader within the locker room.

As a Recruit — Wright ranked in as a three-star wide receiver and the No. 53 player at his position in the Class of 2008. Wright committed in June before his senior year, choosing the Scarlet Knights over offers from Cincinnati, Connecticut, Iowa and Temple.

Spring Performance — Wright had a solid spring and showed no signs of knee problems. The rising fifth-year senior was one of the stars of the spring game with a pair of touchdown grabs.

Wright caught scores from both Chas Dodd and Gary Nova and has shown that uncertainty at quarterback makes no difference in his game.

Does Well — The red-zone was Wright's friend last season and again during the spring. Wright excels in short-yardage situations where he does not need to use his speed to beat defensive backs.

With his combination of size, strength and hands, Wright is a dangerous scoring weapon that can line up at multiple spots before the snap. Before emerging as a receiver, Wright was primarily used in run blocking. With his improved strength and technique, Wright is now the best run blocker Rutgers as at wideout.

Needs to Improve — Wright does not have top-notch speed and struggles to get separation against many defensive backs. Partially due to injury last season, separation was the greatest struggle for him as a junior.

With another year between him and his torn ACL, expect Wright to improve his speed and elusiveness as a route-runner. To take the step from solid to great, Wright must get faster and improve his versatility as a receiver.

Long-Term Outlook — Knee injuries and speed concerns make the NFL a longshot for Wright but not entirely out of the question. Wright has the chance to become a reliable, impact receiver for Rutgers as a senior and one that can be counted on to help lead a young offense.

Here is the latest interview with Wright.

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