Last Sunday’s game featured the debut of Minnesota Vikings‘ fourth round draft pick Jarius Wright. The rookie wide receiver certainly didn’t disappoint in his first career start, as he caught three balls for 65 yards and a touchdown.
Wright made an immediate impact in the first quarter when he hauled in a 54 yard pass from Christian Ponder that set up his first career touchdown reception just two plays later.
As the game went on however, Wright’s production declined, and he only recorded one more reception in the final three quarters. Overall though, for a guy who looked a little lost in the preseason, he looked very sharp in his regular season debut.
The question then becomes: what will Wright’s role be now? And more specifically, what will his role be when Percy Harvin returns?
With Harvin likely to return in week 12, the decision on Wright’s role with the team will be made soon. There are some who say that he shouldn’t be on the field at the same time as Harvin, due to the fact they have the same skill set; and there’s the other argument that says just to simply get him on the field to make some plays.
I think the Vikings can find a good balance between the two. Does it make sense to have Wright and Harvin on the field at the same time? Not necessarily, but I wouldn’t complain either. The more guys who can stretch the field, the better, especially given Minnesota’s trouble doing so all season.
The best solution is likely just to get Wright more playing time by using him to spell Harvin, who I think we can all agree was bordering on being overused through the first nine games.The Vikings need more play-makers on the field, it’s as simple as that, and Wright clearly looks like a guy who will be good for a few plays every game. I hope to see him out there with a little more frequency the rest of the season.
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