Who is new Patriots tight end Tim Wright?

Who is new Patriots tight end Tim Wright?
August 26, 2014, 3:45 pm
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FOXBORO -- When the Patriots dealt Logan Mankins to Tampa Bay on Tuesday, they received in return a fourth-round pick in 2015 and tight end Tim Wright.

Who is Tim Wright? Glad you asked.

Wright is a 6-foot-4, 220-pound tight end who last season had one of the best rookie campaigns of any player at the position. He hauled in 54 passes for 571 yards and 5 touchdowns last season, trailing only receiver Vincent Jackson for the Buccaneers lead in yards (1,224) and receiving scores (7).

An undrafted player out of Rutgers University, Wright spent two college seasons under coach Greg Schiano before playing for Schiano again last season in Tampa Bay. Schiano, of course, is a good friend and confidant of Patriots coach Bill Belichick. 

Early last preseason, Wright made the move from wide receiver, the position he played in college, to tight end. He played all over Tampa Bay's formations last season as more of a "move" tight end, and he showed an ability to be productive as a receiver in the slot.

Wright joins Rob Gronkowski, Michael Hoomanawanui and Steve Maneri as the tight ends on the Patriots roster. Fullbacks James Develin and Taylor McCuller have also performed tight-end duties this preseason. 

How much Wright is able to contribute will depend on a variety of factors, including how quickly he's able to learn the Patriots playbook and develop an on-the-field rapport with his new teammates.