We all knew there was something special about wide receiver Jarius Wright after an impressive coming out party with the Minnesota Vikings during his rookie 2012 campaign.
Heading into his sophomore season with the Vikings, Wright will be facing even bigger expectations in Minnesota. By all accounts, the Arkansas product is rising to the occasion and making the most of his opportunities with the Vikings.
According to ESPN’s Kevin Seifert, Wright has been the “most impressive receiver” at Vikings’ training camp, showing impeccable football instincts while earning the praises of his coaches. Even Minnesota offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave has been extremely impressed with the second-year receiver’s early showing.
“He’s done a fantastic job outside the numbers as well as in the slot,” Musgrave said. “He looks quick, his weight is exactly where it needs to be and the bottom line with Jarius is he knows what to do all of the time. He can help the other guys in that room with all of the new faces in the receiving room, he helps them in the meeting room, during the drills and also of course when they break the huddle.”
Wright offers big-play ability both out of the slot and on the outside. He’s a speedy receiver and does a good job of adjusting to the ball in the air, a perfect combination for a deep-ball threat. Unfortunately, it’s still to be seen if third-year quarterback Christian Ponder can take the next step in his maturation. With Wright to throw to, though, it’ll definitely help.
The Vikings need a dominant slot receiver who can complement Greg Jennings and Cordarrelle Patterson, and Wright seems to be the right man for the job.