Minnesota Vikings 2013 Breakout Candidate: Jarius Wright

By Andrew Fisher
Jarius Wright
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If you had to pick one word to describe Jarius Wright last year, it would be green. It took the rookie awhile to get on the field, but once he did, Minnesota Vikings‘ fans got a glimpse of what’s to come in the future.

The Vikings didn’t go deep often in 2012, but when they did it was usually a bomb to Wright. His signature catch came during his first game in week 11, when he was on the receiving end of a 54-yard heave from Christian Ponder. Over the next six weeks Wright caught a ball in each game, and compiled a total of 322 receiving yards in his rookie season. Not too bad considering he only played seven games.

Wright didn’t get the call to suit up until Percy Harvin went down for the year – and if you don’t think his potential played a role in the team’s decision to trade Harvin, you’d be mistaken. Wright has the exact same skill set as Harvin. He’s 5-10, 180 lbs, and fast as heck out of the slot.

Minnesota is going to utilize Wright in the exact same way that utilized Percy Harvin. He also has an entire year under his belt now, and a much needed veteran mentor in Greg Jennings. Everything is lining up for Wright in his second season, and because the Vikings don’t have a ton of depth at receiver, he’s going to get his chances to succeed early and often. All of these factors equal a breakout sophomore season for No. 17.

There’s only one Percy Harvin, but the Vikings’ still have a player of his caliber in Jarius Wright.


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