Tim Wright's role keeps growing

TAMPA, Fla. -- More than ever, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are going to be leaning on rookie tight end Tim Wright.

With Tom Crabtree recently lost for the season, the Bucs now have three tight ends on injured reserve (Luke Stocker and Nate Byham already were there). Wright, who played wide receiver in college, already has made an impact. He has 34 catches for 366 yards and two touchdowns.

“Timmy Wright is quickly becoming a really tough tight end to cover in this league,’’ coach Greg Schiano said. “The thing that we’ve said all along we’ve just got to keep working on is he’s got to continue to be an adequate blocker. He’s never going to knock the point and just be a third tackle in there, that’s for sure, but as long as he can adequately do what we ask him to do, then you’re going to get favorable matchups, and that’s what we have to continue to get, because he and [quarterback] Mike Glennon have a really good feel for each other.”

The Bucs almost certainly will add another tight end to the roster. But Wright’s playing time is going to keep increasing. He was viewed mostly as a receiver early in the year. But, now, Wright’s going to get a chance to be an every-down tight end.