Kendall Wright is no Dez Bryant.
Sure, the Tennessee Titans’ second-year wide receiver has the same confidence his Dallas Cowboys counterpart does. What he does not have is the need to fuel that confidence with outside influences.
Bryant made headlines last week when he expressed his belief that he could do the same things Detroit’s Calvin Johnson does. Then Johnson outperformed him by a wide margin and produced one of the biggest receiving days in NFL history (14 catches, 329 yards) in the Lions’ come-from-behind victory over the Cowboys.
Wright isn’t interested in anyone else’s numbers and certainly does not use them as motivation.
“I don’t compare myself to anybody,” he said. “Personally, I think I’m better than all of them but I don’t do no comparing. I don’t do anything to get me up.
“…It’s just the game. I love to play football and that’s what I do.”
The Titans drafted Wright 20th overall in 2012 and in the season and a half since he has done nothing to make anyone else think he is best at his position. He might just be the best in his class, though.
Wright tied for the lead in receptions among rookies last season and through the first eight weeks of this season leads all second-year players.
2013 RECEPTION LEADERS – SECOND-YEAR PLAYERS
Kendall Wright, Tennessee 40
Michael Floyd, Arizona 34
Alshon Jeffery, Chicago 33
Josh Gordon, Cleveland 32
Justin Blackmon, Jacksonville 29
2012 ROOKIE RECEPTION LEADERS
Kendall Wright, Tennessee 64
Justin Blackmon, Jacksonville 64
Trent Richardson, Cleveland 51
Josh Gordon, Cleveland 50
T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis 50
Obviously, Jacksonville’s Justin Blackmon poses the most significant challenge to Wright’s place at the head of the 2012 class. He missed the first four games of this season because of a suspension and averages more catches and yards per contest than Wright.
For now, though, no one from that group has put up numbers to compare to Wright, who tied his career-high with nine receptions against San Francisco.
That would be a source of supreme satisfaction for most. For him, it’s meaningless.