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Kendall Wright emerging as top playmaker for Titans

Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kendall Wright made our offseason "Making the Leap" series based on his run-after-catch potential after shedding the extra weight that he carried as a disappointing rookie.

At the midseason mark, Wright's 90-reception pace has the Titans' coaching staff predicting greatness.

"He is well on his way to becoming one of the top playmakers at the receiver spot in the league," wide receivers coach Shawn Jefferson said Thursday, via the Tennessean.

Jefferson's praise comes on the heels of coach Mike Munchak telling the Fox broadcasting crew in Week 7 that Wright "could catch 10 passes a game easily" because he's "almost uncoverable."

We suggested as early as Week 3 versus the San Diego Chargers that a streamlined Wright was so effective that coordinator Dowell Loggains would have to make the receiver a centerpiece of the offense.

The highlight video to the right shows a more complete receiver than last season. Wright is more easily separating from cornerbacks, showing top-notch elusiveness after the catch and hauling in tough passes in tight coverage.

It certainly helps that Jake Locker's improvement has meant easier catches for Wright with more room to run this season.

Compared loosely to Steve Smith and Santonio Holmes coming out of Baylor, Wright is outplaying both established veterans while picking up the slack as Kenny Britt devolves into one of the league's most ineffective players.

As long as he stays healthy, Wright will have no trouble beating our preseason projection of 75 receptions and 900 yards.

We handed out our Midseason Hero Awards in the latest "Around the League" Podcast.

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