Despite starting at middle linebacker for the last year and a half, Scooby Wright has been shipped out of town. Wright was traded to the Philadelphia Bulldogs along with a seventh round draft pick for wide receiver Bug Howard.
Wright finished tied for the third most tackles on the team with 68 in 2018, but after the territorial draft selection of Fred Warner, the team clearly decided that he would be the future in the middle of their defense instead of Wright.
Howard did not rack up huge numbers in Philadelphia, but the 2017 Mr. Irrelevant proved to be anything but since being drafted. Howard suffered through half a season with virtually no passing threat with Mark Sanchez and Bryce Petty leading the offense in Philadelphia. By the end of the year, though, he finished fourth on the team and second among wide receivers in Philadelphia with 28 catches for 265 yards and two touchdowns. He was remarkable in the D-League, catching 70 passes for 1,072 yards and nine touchdowns for the Honolulu Volcanoes.
While Dede Westbrook proved to be a huge weapon as a rookie for the Raptors, the team tried to find a big No. 2 receiver threat. Howard may not prove to be the No. 2 receiver during his second season, but he will certainly be given the opportunity to compete for a significant role on the offense. The 6-foot-4 receiver at the very least would become a redzone target for the Marauders.
“We like Scooby, but we were able to make a move that we felt better benefited out team,” Head Coach Ken Norton, Jr. said. “Fred being drafted this year and Blair Brown being drafted last year, we have a lot of quality options at inside linebacker, but we cannot stack up enough talented wide receivers as we focus on our offense improving. Bug is a talented guy. And we think he can grow into a quality role.”