Jarius Wright Fantasy News
Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 7:32pm
Vikings QB battle update: After both Matt Cassel and Teddy Bridgewater looked sharp in last week's open OTA, each of them had a rougher day on Wednesday. Cassel had his final throw batted down in 11-on-11 work, and Bridgewater was intercepted by Dom DeCicco on a pass over the middle. The rookie also was sacked a couple times during a blitz drill, and missed three of his four throws. The Vikings' defense was using a number of different looks on Wednesday, though, and it seemed clear that the offense was trying to digest a number of new concepts while facing a more nuanced defense. Days like Wednesday are part of the growing pains in a new system. Christian Ponder didn't get as much work as Cassel or Bridgewater, but he actually made some nice throws, hitting Jarius Wright on a throw over the middle in a receiver-vs.-cornerback drill and connecting with Kain Colter on a long pass off a broken play during a two-minute drill.
Vikings beat writer Ben Gosseling on the team's QB play at practice: Rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who missed the Vikings' final two OTAs last week while he was attending a NFL rookie marketing event in Los Angeles, is back this week and was impressive in his first full-team work open to the media. He hit his first nine throws in 11-on-11 work, connecting with Adam Thielen on a long sideline pass against tight coverage on his first attempt of the day. Bridgewater also connected with Jarius Wright on a long corner throw during his two-minute drill, which ended with a rushing touchdown. "I thought Teddy did a nice job in the two-minute situation, hit a nice long ball there," coach Mike Zimmer said. "He left for those two days, he was a little rusty when he came back, and he's picked it up since then. He's kind of feeling his way a little bit around the guys, which will come in time. He'll keep progressing, getting more comfortable. I like him a lot." Matt Cassel got the majority of the first-team snaps at quarterback, though Bridgewater had some in his two-minute drill. Cassel, by my count, was 8-for-9 in the Vikings' first 11-on-11 period, and hit four of his eight throws during the two-minute drill (though Kyle Rudolph was arguing for interference on one of the incompletions). Cassel found Wright for a touchdown on a red zone throw, and threw another touchdown on a broken play, though the play wouldn't have developed that way had a defense actually been coming after Cassel.
We're expecting Bridgewater to win the job, but he'll have to beat out Cassel who was reasonably solid in 2013.
VIKINGS DOUBTFUL CB A.J. Jefferson (ankle) QUESTIONABLE T Matt Kalil (back), WR Rodney Smith (hip) PROBABLE DE Jared Allen (ankle), TE Rhett Ellison (knee), RB Adrian Peterson (hamstring), QB Christian Ponder (rib), CB Xavier Rhodes (ankle), C John Sullivan (hand), K Blair Walsh (left hamstring), DT Kevin Williams (knee), WR Jarius Wright (ankle) GIANTS OUT CB Jayron Hosley (hamstring), RB David Wilson (neck) QUESTIONABLE RB Brandon Jacobs (hamstring), DE Jason Pierre-Paul (illness), TE Adrien Robinson (foot), DT Shaun Rogers (knee), S Cooper Taylor (shoulder) PROBABLE C David Baas (neck), CB Terrell Thomas (knee), CB Corey Webster (groin)
Peterson is listed as probable and was limited in practice on Saturday after not practicing on Friday. He's expected to play. Jacobs did not practice on Saturday after being limited Thursday and Friday. It very well could be to make sure he's OK for the game, but it could also be a setback, so he's a little more risky. Michael Cox and newly-signed Peyton Hillis are the only backs behind Jacobs, so if you need Jacobs in your lineup, there isn't exactly a dependable backup plan you can put in place.
Friday, October 18, 2013, 7:10pm
Vikings WR Jarius Wright (ankle) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week .
Thursday, October 17, 2013, 6:26pm
Vikings WR Jarius Wright (ankle) took limited practice reps Thursday.
Friday, August 23, 2013, 8:49pm
Vikings WR Jarius Wright has passed NFL concussion protocol but won't travel to SF this weekend.
Saturday, August 17, 2013, 9:05pm
Vikings WR Jarius Wright suffered a concussion Friday. Will have to pass NFL testing protocol before returning to practice.
Friday, August 9, 2013, 8:15pm
"The bottom line with [Jarius Wright] is he knows what to do all of the time," Vikings offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave said. "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." The 5-foot-10 Wright initially was pigeon-holed as a slot receiver, but has shown an ability to get down the field on the perimeter. He had three catches for 65 yards and a touchdown in Week 10 and finished the season with 22 catches for 310 yards and two scores in the final seven games. No one expects Wright to fill Harvin's production on his own, but showing that he is capable of being a threat could help take the opposing defense's eye off of Adrian Peterson, Jennings and tight end Kyle Rudolph on occasion.
Given the current state of the Minnesota receiving corps, it's not inconceivable that Wright could see a lot of snaps in the slot and also in a rotation with Jerome Simpson and Cordarelle Patterson on the outside.
Wednesday, August 7, 2013, 7:46pm
While Greg Jennings and Cordarelle Patterson adjusted to their new team, Jarius Wright was the most productive receiver during the practices I watched. At the moment, the Vikings have locked him into the slot position while Jennings and Simpson work on the outside. But Wright said: "I'm trying to prove I'm not just an inside guy. I want them to see I can play on the outside, too."
Wright is a player to monitor, but it's doubtful that the Vikings pass offense can support more than a couple of receivers and right now it looks like Jennings and TE Kyle Rudolph will lead the team in targets.
Five days into training camp, the pecking order at receiver remains in deference to the veterans. Running a majority of three-receiver sets, the Vikings have stuck with Jerome Simpson, Greg Jennings and second-year pro Jarius Wright in the slot. Rookie first-round draft pick Cordarrelle Patterson appears to be the fourth receiver, although his size and skill level suggests that will change. When is the question, not if. Because the Vikings do a good job of mixing and matching receivers with quarterbacks, all the top receivers get ample opportunities to work on their timing with both Christian Ponder and Matt Cassel. One of the highlights Wednesday came during one-on-one drills when Patterson leapt high in the air against starting cornerback Chris Cook and showed the concentration to make a falling catch of a Ponder deep ball.
Patterson will eventually beat out Simpson, but the veteran has shown enough in his career to hold off Patterson if the rookie doesn't pick up the offense quickly.
Monday, July 29, 2013, 9:02pm
Vikings third-year receiver Stephen Burton had an eye-catching day. Burton flashed throughout the afternoon, delivering big plays in a variety of ways. His afternoon ended with a 15-yard TD grab from Matt Cassel during 11-on-11 red zone action. Earlier in the afternoon, Burton hauled in a bomb down the left sideline from Cassel and also capitalized during 7-on-7 work with a precise route up the seam that left the Vikings’ nickel defense addled and resulted in another long score. Burton will be fighting for a roster spot as the preseason moves on with four other receivers – Greg Jennings, Cordarrelle Patterson, Jerome Simpson and Jarius Wright – all certain to make the team. The former seventh-round pick said Jennings’ arrival has accelerated his development.
Monday, July 29, 2013, 9:01pm
It's safe to say Vikings QB Christian Ponder is still consistently inconsistent when it comes to throwing a football. Part of the problem on Monday came from the pressure Ponder felt up front as the players put pads on for the first time in camp. Granted, no one can hit Ponder, and there was no tackling, but Ponder had difficulty throwing accurately or sometimes at all as the defense swarmed around him. In today's 11-on-11 competition, Ponder completed 4 of 12 passes. He was "sacked" twice, had one pass batted down at the line of scrimmage and threw another ball away because of pressure. Ponder also had a deep ball to Jerome Simpson come down about four yards out of bounds. Three of Ponder's completions went to Jarius Wright, including two that were decent throws for touchdowns in red-zone situations.
The story also noted that backup Matt Cassel was 8-for-11...
Saturday, June 1, 2013, 11:14am
Cordarrelle Patterson’s role was a bit more defined this week, though neither piece of information we received comes as a huge surprise. Patterson said the Vikings want him to learn the split end position for now (Jerome Simpson's current position), and they’ll move him around in their formations once he’s mastered that. He also will be a kick returner instead of a punt returner, since the Vikings still have Marcus Sherels to do that. Patterson still has quite a bit to learn from receivers coach George Stewart, but he’s already heard from Greg Jennings the importance of refining his route-running, and Stewart said he’s fine with where Patterson is right now. “He’s learning football as expected,” Stewart said. “He’s not a guy that you look at that’s behind on things. He’s sharp. He always comes and talks through things. Jarius Wright does a good job of staying with him. He always comes to my ear and asks questions. He’s very inquisitive, which I like. He’s picking up things extremely well.”
Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 4:33pm
Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson is a raw route-runner who probably will need many of his touches manufactured out of the gate, not unlike Percy Harvin did the past four seasons. That leaves Jerome Simpson as the starting split end and Greg Jennings as the flanker, with Jarius Wright a situational threat in the vertical passing game.
Patterson is apparently too raw to start for the Vikings, who desperately need a playmaker opposite Greg Jennings. We'll see how he progresses in OTAs. Don't be surprised if he's starting Week 1, even if it's out of pure desperation.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 1:22pm
During his visit to Winter Park, WR Greg Jennings watched film with coordinator Bill Musgrave and receivers coach George Stewart, who showed him places they'd like to put him in the offense. The plan for now is to start Jennings at the "Z" (flanker) -- the same spot Harvin played, although the way that position operates figures to be vastly different. Jerome Simpson remains the starting "X" (split end) by default for now, a $2.1 million insurance policy if whatever outside receiver the Vikings select high in next month's draft comes along slower than hoped. Jennings figures to play some there and plenty in the slot, too, depending how Musgrave incorporates Jarius Wright and others into the scheme.
Jennings figures to be targeted heavily in Minnesota's offense, though he probably won't be as efficient as he was in Green Bay.
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