Jarius Wright Fantasy News
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.”
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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.
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.
Seahawks trade for Percy Harvin
Monday, March 11, 2013, 1:08pm
Percy Harvin wanted out of Minnesota, and got his wish. He joins a WR corps of Sidney Rice, Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin and figures to lead the group in targets in 2013. This is great news for QB Russell Wilson, who is getting a big boost at WR. In standard formats, Harvin finished in the top 11 in the last two years in fantasy PPG, and will once again be a fringe WR1, especially if he can stay healthy. Harvin's usage may drop a bit in Seattle, but this should be offset by additional red zone opportunities. Seattle's OC, Darrell Bevell, was the Vikings OC in 2010. That year, Harvin averaged 7.7 targets per game. The move leaves the Vikings with possibly the worst WR corps in the league (though Jarius Wright is a sleeper), so downgrade Christian Ponder even further.
Vikings place Percy Harvin on IR, season over
Wednesday, December 5, 2012, 6:57pm
Harvin was hurt on Nov. 4 at Seattle, leaving briefly in the third quarter of that game but returning with an obvious limp. He has missed three games since and only taken part in practice once since the injury, a week ago as a limited participant.
Harvin was favoring his right foot running routes that afternoon during the portion of the workout that was open to the media, looking far less than full strength when pushing off or planting to change direction.
Prior to last week's pitiful performance, we would have recommended Jarius Wright as a pickup, but consistency has been an issue. The biggest winner here is probably TE Kyle Rudolph, who has become QB Christian Ponder's go-to receiver. He has managed to stay effective due to the attention that Adrian Peterson receives from the defense.
Percy Harvin officially ruled out for Week 13
Saturday, December 1, 2012, 6:46pm
Vikings WR Percy Harvin (ankle) has been downgraded to out for Week 13 versus the Packers. He was limited in practice on Wednesday and didn’t practice at all on Thursday or Friday. With Jerome Simpson and Michael Jenkins starting on the outside, rookie Jarius Wright will once again line up as Minnesota’s slot receiver.
Percy Harvin limited in practice
Wednesday, November 28, 2012, 5:32pm
We'll see how Harvin's ankle responds to the practice. Jarius Wright would be a sneaky start if Harvin can't play.
Kyle Rudolph (concussion) cleared to practice
Wednesday, November 28, 2012, 2:30pm
Rudolph has been much more involved the last two games, catching 12 passes for 119 yards and two TDs. It's not clear if this is a by-product of Percy Harvin's absence or if the team is intending to give him a bigger role offensively. One good sign is that Jarius Wright has seen almost as many targets (7.5) in the last two games as did Harvin (7.7) in the previous three games, so it does not appear that Rudolph got Harvin's targets. Instead, it was probably a function of Christian Ponder throwing the ball more often. He averaged 37.5 pass attempts in the last two games compared to just 24.7 in Weeks 7-9. As long as Ponder keeps attempting 30+ passes, Rudolph should be a solid TE play.
Monday, November 26, 2012, 2:15pm
With Percy Harvin also in doubt, the Vikes are very short on pass-catchers. John Carlson is next in line at TE if Rudolph can't go. It could also mean more opportunities for WR Jarius Wright who led the team in targets and receptions in Week 11. But perhaps look for an even more run-oriented offense behind Adrian Peterson against the Packers.
Monday, November 26, 2012, 2:09pm