Tim Wright (American football)

Timothy Wright
No. 83Detroit Lions
Position: Tight end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1990-04-07) April 7, 1990
Place of birth: Neptune Township, New Jersey
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 242 lb (110 kg)
Career information
High school: Wall (NJ)
College: Rutgers
Undrafted: 2013
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Injured reserve
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receptions: 89
Receiving yards: 907
Receiving touchdowns: 13
Player stats at NFL.com

Timothy Wright (born April 7, 1990) is an American football tight end for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). He was undrafted then later signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2013. He played college football at Rutgers.

He grew up in Neptune, New Jersey and played high school football at Wall High School.

College football

Wright played wide receiver at Rutgers under head coach Greg Schiano for his first couple of years. Schiano was also his head coach in the NFL for his rookie season.

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 3 in 219 lb 4.65 s 1.63 s 2.74 s 4.47 s 7.27 s 36 in 9 ft 10 in 19 reps
All values from Rutgers Pro Day

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

On April 29, 2013, Wright was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.[1] On June 12, 2013, Wright was moved from wide receiver to tight end.[2] Wright played all 16 games for the Buccaneers, starting 8. He finished the season with 54 catches for 571 yards and 5 touchdowns, the yards and touchdowns tied for the most by an undrafted rookie tight end in NFL history. Wright was the only rookie tight end in 2013 to have more than 500 receiving yards.

New England Patriots

On August 26, 2014, Wright was traded by the Buccaneers to the New England Patriots along with a 2015 4th round draft pick for guard Logan Mankins.[3] Wright played in 11 games for the Patriots, catching 26 passes for 259 yards, with a career-high 6 touchdowns. Wright played in the Patriots Super Bowl XLIX victory over the Seattle Seahawks, but did not record any catches. He was released on June 11, 2015.[4]

Return to Tampa Bay

On June 12, 2015, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers claimed Wright off waivers.[5]

Detroit Lions

On August 31, 2015, the Buccaneers traded Wright to the Detroit Lions in exchange for placekicker Kyle Brindza.[6] During the 2015 season, Wright appeared in nine games for the Lions, where he finished with nine receptions for 77 yards and two touchdowns. On March 16, 2016, the Lions re-signed Wright to a one-year contract.[7] On May 31, 2016, he was placed on season-ending injured reserve with a torn ACL. [8]

Career Statistics

Year Team GP Rec Targets Yards Avg Long Touchdowns First Downs Fumbles Fumbles Lost
2013 TB 16 54 76 571 10.6 36 5 30 0 0
2014 NE 11 26 33 259 9.9 30 6 18 0 0
2015 DET 9 9 16 77 8.6 26 2 6 0 0
Total Total 41 89 125 907 10.2 36 13 54 0 0



  1. "Epilogue to a Draft: Bucs Add 13 Undrafted Free Agents". Retrieved 2012-04-29.
  2. "Wright Was A Surprise". 2013-09-01.
  3. "Patriots Trade Logan Mankins To Tampa Bay For Tim Wright". 2014-08-26.
  4. "New England Patriots cut TE Tim Wright". 2015-06-11.
  5. Smith, Michael (June 12, 2015). "Buccaneers claim Tim Wright off waivers from Patriots". NBCSports.com. Retrieved August 31, 2015.
  6. Patra, Kevin (August 31, 2015). "Buccaneers trade TE Tim Wright to Lions". NFL.com. Retrieved August 31, 2015.
  7. "Lions re-sign TE Tim Wright". Detroit Lions. March 14, 2016. Retrieved March 14, 2016.
  8. Sessler, Marc. "Detroit Lions place TE Tim Wright on season-ending IR". NFL.com. Retrieved 22 June 2016.
  9. Timothy Wright Stats

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