LAKE FOREST — Kendall Wright doesn’t want anyone to confuse his career-low 29 receptions last season with any lack of talent.
“What motivates me the most is I probably was the best receiver on the Titans roster last year and I was playing like 10 plays a game,” Wright said following Tuesday’s minicamp practice. “That’s how it goes.”
When asked why his playing time was limited, Wright said, “That’s a question I can’t [answer]. Ask them. They’’ll feel it after this year.”
Having been phased out of Tennessee’s offense, Wright said he worked to not let it impact his practice habits.
“That’s what you’ve got to do in this league. You can’t let anybody or anything get to you,” he said. “If you do that, you’ve already lost. I kept my head straight and went to work every day. That’s what you’re supposed to do. I went out there with a sense of urgency to get better every single day.”
Wright comes to the Bears with plenty to prove after back-to-back seasons of mediocre production. The player who had a 94-catch, 1,079-yard campaign in 2013 with Dowell Loggains as Tennessee’s offensive coordinator is the one the Bears hope they signed.
“I know I can get back to it. I definitely know I can get back to it,” Wright said. “… My goal is when the ball comes to me I’ve got to catch it. Nobody else catches it but me.”
John Fox said that Wright has “outstanding quickness” and “a good feel for the game.” Wright will be competing with Victor Cruz for the Bears’ slot receiver position, and while the former Titan said he doesn’t pay attention to social media, he certainly knows that some have dropped expectations for him.
“I’m going to be whatever [the Bears] need me to be,” he said. “I haven’t lost a step like people might think. I can go out there and do as well as anyone out there.”
Injury update: Fox said Cameron Meredith will be back in time for training camp, calling the third-year receiver’s injury “very fixable.” Meredith tore ligaments in his left thumb during OTAs. As for Danny Trevathan and Zach Miller, Fox said they will be “cutting it close for training camp but right now they’re right on target and that’s kind of what we expected all offseason.” Trevathan and Miller were doing work off to the side during practice. Trevathan is coming back from a torn patellar tendon, and Miller broke his foot last season.
Kyle Long was not present as he continues his recovery from an ankle injury. Fox said the Pro Bowl guard is till 6-7 weeks away.
“It’ll be touch-and-go whether he’s ready for the first day of training camp or maybe early on in camp, but he’s doing well,” Fox said.
Potential guard swap: Fox confirmed the team is “messing around” with Long and Josh Sitton playing opposite sides at guard. “We’ll get those looks in camp,” Fox said, “we’ve got plenty of time.”