Nov 7, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jarius Wright (17) celebrates his first down against the Washington Redskins at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings win 34-27. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Is Jarius Wright Poised For A Breakout Season?


When you talk about the Minnesota Vikings, fans tend to get lost in the big names.  Sure, Adrian Peterson, Cordarrelle Patterson and Teddy Bridgewater are already huge topics in the sports world, but there are other players on the team as well.

A little ways down the depth chart for the wide receivers is Jarius Wright.  The speedy youngster could make a name for himself with this year’s team.  Many beat writers have already professed their excitement for Wright in the Vikings new offense, but perhaps his biggest supporter is ESPN Vikings’ Ben Goessling.

Here’s what Goessling had to say about Wright in a fan mail question and answer:

Nov 11, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jarius Wright (17) celebrates his touchdown with wide receiver Jerome Simpson (81) during the first quarter against the Detroit Lions at the Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

I’ve been impressed with Jarius Wright so far in OTAs — particularly in the work he’s done with Teddy Bridgewater – and I think he’ll have a chance to produce on seam routes in Turner’s offense. The general idea in Turner’s scheme is to open up space horizontally by stretching the defense vertically, almost like you’d see basketball teams try to spread the floor. That should leave room for players like Wright and tight end Kyle Rudolph in the middle of the field, and I don’t think a 40- or 50-catch year is out of the question, particularly if Wright gets some slot work while Greg Jennings is lined up outside. I’d be careful about assuming he can do more than that, but I like the opportunities that could be there for him in this offense.”

Although Jarius Wright has shown some flashes of brilliance in the past, he has yet to really explode onto the scene for Minnesota. Do you think he has the potential for a 50 catch year with the Vikings this season?  Let me know in the comments.

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  • Don Andrew Halvorson

    He’s got a TY Hilton skill set on a smaller scale. Perfect WR3 if he shows up

  • David Mallow

    ask Richard Sherman if he has potential…lol… this kid will explode in Turners offense, Mark my words..fast, good hands, and excellent route runner… more of a Percy Harvin style player…

  • 3kolu

    yes

  • Todd Robinson

    I see no reason to assume any less. Fifty catches is a pretty good guess for Jarius. I’m also excited for players like Simpson, Jennings and Kyle. How about Matt Cassel opening some eyes?

  • Cool Jack

    With NT’s new offense?,,The sky is the limit for all these recievers…GO KINGS!

  • Ken Tomlin

    Wright should have a great year, and I’m excited to see what he can do this year. Theilen is the other receiver I’m excited about. I know he may only be the 5th WR on the depth chart, but he has the size/speed/hands to be a solid contributor if given the chance!

  • Turdd Ferguson

    Both Wright and Lora excite me this year. Haven’t heard much from Lora in OTA’s but I’m hoping he makes the team, he looks like a beast on film.

  • MikeH123

    How does Wright get much action with Jennings moved into the slot? I just can’t see Norv Turners plan of moving Patterson to flanker and Jennings to slot, leaving Simpson as the X WR!!! Patterson needs to develop as the X WR so Jennings can play flanker and Wright in the slot (with Simpson at backup).

  • moneyhogg

    Yes, I watched Jarius at Arkansas for 4 years and he can be a threat on crossing patterns especially