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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