Jarius Wright Has a Huge Debut Series For the Vikings

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August 10, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jarius Wright (17) warms up before the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-US PRESSWIRE

The Vikings knew they needed to find another weapon with Percy Harvin on the shelf. Well how about Jarius Wright? The rookie 4th round pick finally made his debut for the Vikes against the Lions, after weeks of being deactivated for mysterious reasons. And what did Wright do? Oh nothing much. He just caught a 54-yard bomb from Christian Ponder and followed it a couple plays later with a TD catch.

Yes, I said 54-yard bomb from Christian Ponder. It was a great throw by the embattled Ponder. He stepped up in the pocket, side-stepped the rush like a veteran and delivered the pass. Wright’s pure speed made the play happen. He simply flew by the defense. Is it possible the Vikings had their long-sought-after deep receiving weapon sitting on their own bench all these weeks? Or was Wright’s big play simply a matter of the Lions not being prepared?

We’ll see if Ponder can consistently make it happen with Wright. One series doesn’t make a career. But so far Jarius Wright looks like exactly what the Vikings needed. Another receiving weapon they can use to complement Adrian Peterson and, when he returns, Percy Harvin.

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