Leslie Frazier indicated earlier in the week that eternally-deactivated Jarius Wright would be prepped in practice to replace Percy Harvin on Sunday in the event Percy can’t get on the field due to his triple-sprained ankle. On Friday the story changed a little bit. Percy has a chance to play, but Wright will be active either way. So for the first time this season, the Vikings will get a look at the speedy fourth round receiver. At least running routes. No guarantees that the ball will go to him.
How much action Wright sees I assume will depend on Harvin’s level of activity. If Harvin gets a full plate, we’ll probably see Wright very little. If Harvin has to come out a lot, Wright is the logical man to replace him as he has a similar skill set. But I personally would like to see Wright and Harvin on the field together. I think Wright’s speed can cause problems even if he’s not the biggest guy, especially if you put Harvin out there to threaten the defense short. I think it would be a mistake to view Wright as simply a slot receiver. He has wheels.
We’ll see what Bill Musgrave has planned for Wright. Will he be simply a Percy replacement or will Musgrave try to mix things up? Can the speed factor Wright brings finally put a little pressure on defenses down the field? It seems like a long shot right now. But what else do the Vikings have? We know Jerome Simpson can’t get it done. Even if he does have his “juice” back as he claims.
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