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Vikings: Jarius Wright still turning heads

8/7/2013

We've spent some time this week discussing the receiver situation in Detroit, from the hoped-for emergence of Patrick Edwards to the surprising availability of Ryan Broyles. So let's hop from the far eastern side of the NFC North to the far western side and note a similarly promising receiver with the Minnesota Vikings.

Jarius Wright was the Vikings' most impressive receiver during the time I spent with them earlier in camp, and from most accounts, he has continued practicing at a high level. At one point, we all assumed the 5-foot-10 Wright would serve in the Vikings' slot position when they go to three-receiver sets. Now, you wonder if the Vikings will be tempted to pair him with Greg Jennings in two-receiver formations. Bill Musgrave, the Vikings' usually-reserved offensive coordinator, said this week that Wright is "so sharp" and levied heavy praise about his football instincts.

"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 didn't get into a game as a rookie last season until Percy Harvin injured his ankle, but as the chart shows, the Vikings directed more passes in his direction than any other wide receiver. Amid high anticipation for Jennings and rookie Cordarrelle Patterson, it appears that Wright has just kept doing his thing.