Chris Palmer has maintained throughout the offseason that he plans to line up Kendall Wright any number of places this fall.
“We’re going to play him in several spots,” the Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator reiterated Tuesday. “That’s what our objective is. But our personnel groups will dictate that. Right now … you’ll see him in all different spots.
“There will be times when he’s all over the field.”
Wednesday will be the first time since the start of training camp that Wright, the team’s first-round draft pick, will be exactly where coaches want him. He’ll be at the team’s training facility.
The record-setting wide receiver out of Baylor finally agreed to contract terms Tuesday, the fourth full day of camp. He was one of two first-round picks throughout the league who had not yet finalized his rookie contract.
"I think he’s excited to finally be coming in and getting back to work and he loves the game, so I think he’s happy the business side is over," coach Mike Munchak said. "... He’s already been through it for seven or eight weeks with us (during organized team activity practices), so he’s got a good understanding of what we’re doing already, which is a big plus. He’ll just have to come out and get back in shape, get back in football shape and have the pads on and get hit and contact and all those things, but I can’t imagine that’s going to be a problem for him."
According to NFL.com, his deal is worth a $8.3 million with slightly more than half of that figure ($4,471,056) in the form of a signing bonus. The final sticking point was how much of the deal was guaranteed. According to numerous reports, the first three years and slightly more than half of the salary in the fourth year are guaranteed.
“Very excited to get Kendall in,” Palmer said prior to the Titans’ second day of practice in pads. “I saw him a week ago and he looked good. He was anxious to get everything completed and he’ll be in here tomorrow and we’ll start working with him.”
That work begins Wednesday, which is the first day off for the Titans, who reported for the start of camp last Friday and began on-field work the next day.
Wright will spend time with the coaches while the others rest. His first practice with the team will be Thursday.
“We’ll monitor what he’s doing,” Palmer said. “These guys are ahead of him in terms of getting their legs underneath them and things like that. … We’re going to have to make sure we bring Kendall along at the right speed to make sure he doesn’t have any setbacks.”
Beginning Thursday, the first time he practices with the team, they also will be able to move him around just the way they plan to once the games start.
“You’ll see him in several spots, and you’ll see where he has several options,” Palmer said. “… I think he’s a very, very quick individual and he’s going to be a star in this league. I don’t have any questions about that.”