Kendall Wright is latest Titan airing concerns

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- As things have gone bad, some Tennessee Titans have taken turns with expressions of frustration and concern.

Cornerback Perrish Cox said he saw too many guys thinking the Titans had the Colts beat before things shifted. Tight end Delanie Walker said he hoped guys stayed focused during the bye instead of partying. That’s two veterans who’ve won being wary of what they’ve seen or sensed.

After the Week 3 loss to the Colts, linebacker Zach Brown tweeted about being “ready to move on” and declined to clarify. Sunday, following a disheartening 14-13 loss to Buffalo, receiver Kendall Wright took his turn.

That’s two starters wondering aloud about their roles or status.

“I just know that I don’t feel like I’m being able to do enough,” Wright said. “I didn’t really do nothing last year either. At this point I just want to do something, be relevant, and I don’t feel like I’m being relevant at all.

“However you want to put it, that’s what I am saying, I just want to be relevant again, I don’t feel like I’m being relevant at all. ... I haven’t talked to anybody about it, I don’t feel like that’s my place. I feel like if I was supposed to be the No. 1 receiver, I feel like I was supposed to get the targets. We’ve got a bunch of receivers, we’re all trying to make plays, we’re all fighting to make plays. It’s not just me. Everybody wants the ball. That’s just how it’s playing out.”

It’s an odd complaint considering that Wright was targeted six times, the same number of times as Justin Hunter and Walker for the game-high. He was also the target on Marcus Mariota's final throw, a deep shot up the left side with 1:41 left in the game that was intercepted by cornerback Stephon Gilmore.

Wright would have been quite relevant if he collected that last pass, a tough catch he said he had before “the DB came out of nowhere.”

Over four games, Wright’s been targeted a team-high 26 times, seven times more than Walker and Harry Douglas. Wright leads the team with 16 catches for 242 yards and is tied for the team lead with two touchdown catches.

If he stayed on that pace, 64 catches would tie his second-best year, 986 yards would be his second-best year and six touchdowns would tie his best year.

“We’ll find ways to get him the ball,” Mariota said. “He is a dynamic player for us. We will continue to find ways to get him the ball and get him in space and he’ll make plays for us.”

Mariota also said the film could reveal “some reads where I might have missed him,” a line that further serves to illustrate the quarterback as a quality teammate.

The quarterback and coach Ken Whisenhunt are certainly looking to hold the team together later three consecutive losses.

Taken separately, each of the four statements may not have meant much.

Grouped together I can see mounting concern and frustration. Three bad results in a row can will create that sort of thing. Guys says they are tired of the team finding ways to lose. Surely it eats away at people.

I say while the four-game results are poor, a bad team trying to figure stuff out is bound to express some of these things and even as a batch it's hardly flamethrower stuff.

A certain frustration level is to be expected. We can’t tell at this time if things are beyond that.