NFL Insider: Former Baylor receiver getting comfortable in Tennessee

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Kendall Wright attended Baylor’s practice Tuesday on his off day. Though the former BU star still loves Waco, he considers Tennessee home now.

Wright, the 20th overall pick by the Titans in 2012, finally feels like something other than a rookie.

“It’s been way more comfortable this year, and I have way more confidence,” Wright said in a phone interview. “Last year, I was a rookie who didn’t know too much what was going on. I know everything that’s going on now, and I know everybody that’s around me. It’s way different.”

Wright has started only one game this season. That was last week when Kenny Britt, who reportedly is on the trading block, sat out with a rib injury. But Wright ranks second on the Titans in targets (29), second in pass receptions (20) and second in receiving yards (192), and he has a touchdown.

He expects to become more involved in the offense in coming weeks.

“I’m getting better every day, and I’m doing more things in the offense they have designed for me,” Wright said. “They have some good things for me to get me open.”

The Titans, despite ranking 29thin total offense, aren’t devoid of weapons with Wright, leading receiver Nate Washington, Britt, tight end Delanie Walker and running back Chris Johnson.

“We have a lot of weapons at every position on the offense,” Wright said.

But the Titans will have a new quarterback this week. Jake Locker strained his hip last week against the New York Jets and will miss at least three games. Journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick, who is with his fourth team, is only 23-41-1 in his career as a starter.

“I don’t think it’ll take that much time [to get on the same page],” Wright said. “We’ve been running extra routes with him after practice this week. He’s a vet. He’s done it before. So I think he should be able to pick up right where we left off and keep it moving until Jake gets back.”

The Titans are a surprising 3-1, tied for the lead in the AFC South. They are exactly where Wright expected them to be at this point in the season.

“This is definitely what we expected,” he said. “We really should be 4-0. We let one slip away in overtime when we played in Houston. We go into every game with everyone picking us to lose, and we just keep fighting hard and proving them wrong.”

Wright led the Titans in receiving last season with 64 catches for 626 yards and four touchdowns. He wants more, especially more than the 9.7 yards per catch he currently averages in his career.

“I haven’t played my best yet,” Wright said. “I’ve had good games, but I haven’t had a 100-yard game since I’ve been in the NFL. I’ve had plenty of good games, but I can have way better games. I expect to.”

McGee goes to CFL

Stephen McGee debated whether to sign with the CFL or move on to a “regular job.” McGee, who lives in College Station, recently decided to continue his career with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

“I’d been meeting with some companies, but I hadn’t really had the offer that I wanted,” McGee said in a phone interview Friday. “I’ve just kind of been exploring. I don’t know where my niche is going to be [after football].”

McGee, a fourth-round pick of the Cowboys in 2009, went 1-0 in his career as a starter in Dallas. He spent three seasons with the Cowboys but was waived before the 2012 season. The former Texas A&M standout spent this summer with the Texans but was waived before the preseason ended.

He hopes to find out in Canada if football is out of his system.

“You miss it so much whenever you’re not playing,” McGee said. “Eventually football ends for everybody. This is an opportunity for me to figure out if this is something I want to do for a while, or if I’m ready to move on for good and have a little closure to everything.”

McGee joined a team with four other quarterbacks. He is a developmental prospect, spending his time getting the feel for the CFL.

“The CFL is so different,” McGee said. “Playing with the Dallas Cowboys and playing with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats is just so different. But there’s a lot to like about these guys up here. They don’t play for much money, and they don’t have much. Guys have holes in their shorts and their shirts, and they’ve got spray-painted cleats, because they can only afford the one pair they have. You just appreciate that they love to play football, and they do it because they’re passionate about it.

“I really enjoy being around these guys and these coaches. It’s real. They play because they love the game, not because they’re making a lot of money.”

Charean Williams 817-390-7760 Twitter: @NFLCharean

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