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WR Jarius Wright - Minnesota Vikings

5-10, 182Born: 11-25-1989College: ArkansasDrafted: Round 4

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Week 8: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Teddy Bridgewater is playing like what he is - an NFL rookie. No shame in it, but his numbers are making things tough on Minnesota in the 'W' column. He's thrown five interceptions vs. one TD pass over the last two games, with 157 yards passing at Buffalo last week and 188 vs. Detroit two weeks ago. Bridgewater also has absorbed 13 sacks for -84 yards over the past two weeks. It's not a good time to look for consistent production from the Vikings' passing attack, folks. There is a lot of necessary learning going on, but it doesn't make for compelling fantasy numbers week to week - just look at Greg Jennings (6/77/0 receiving last week to lead the team; 3/33/0 two weeks ago). However, this week Minnesota visits the Tampa Bay pass D - the league's worst pass D that averages 294.5 net yards allowed per game, tied for second-worst in the NFL with 15 passing scores given up vs. just four interceptions (tied for 18th in the NFL) and nine sacks (tied-25th) to date. Before last week's bye, Tampa had allowed 21/29 for 306 net yards, five TDs and zero passing TDS to Joe Flacco, and 35/57 for 371 net yards, two TDs and three interceptions to Drew Brees and company the week prior. If there is a weekend to dial up Bridgewater (or at least one of his receivers, like Jennings), this would be the weekend to do it if you can stand the downside risk of turnovers from the rookie.

Recent Stats and Projections

4 vs ATL 0 0 0 10 8 132 0 0
5 at GB 0 0 0 8 3 27 0 0
6 vs DET 1 21 0 6 4 17 0 0
7 at BUF 0 0 0 4 4 60 0 0
8 at TB PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 4 * * *
8 at TB PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 3 * * *
8 at TB PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 4 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 5 vs GB (8 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)

Christian Ponder targeted Jarius Wright more than anyone else on the offense (eight times) and it's clear over the last two weeks that he has a big role in this offense right now. This might change when tight end Kyle Rudolph returns, but for now Wright is seeing a lot of work. He also lined up as the No.2 across from Greg Jennings when Cordarrelle Patterson went down with a hip injury. Two long plays that were incompletions stood out. The first, a deep pass in the first quarter, saw Wright flying down the field with a couple of steps on the defender. Ponder threw a duck, a wobbly ball which sailed completely off target and fell incomplete. The second one was just a short time later when Wright went on a "go" route down the sideline. He again had a step on the defender but the coverage was much tighter. Ponder made a very nice pass, dropping it ahead of Wright, but just a little too far away. Wright got his hands on it but couldn't haul the ball in. Wright made a nice grab along the sideline in the late third quarter when he ran a deep comeback route. On the play, defensive back Tramon Williams was giving him a lot of room since it was a first down with 15 yards to go. The cornerback flipped his hips early, anticipating a very deep route from Wright, who pulled up short right at the first down marker. Ponder's throw was a bit high and Wright had to adjust and extend as he moved backwards. Williams caught up with him and hit Wright as he caught the ball, trying to knock the ball loose or Wright out of bounds. Wright did a good job at retaining focus and holding onto the ball while he kept both feet in.

2014 Week 6 vs DET (6 / 4 / 17 / 0 rec, 1 / 21 / 0 rush)

Wright was the second-most targeted Vikings player against the Lions, but had a tough day. A long gain on an early reverse carry was his highlight as Wright found the open field. Timing with Teddy Bridgewater was off on many of his targets as Wright slipped on his break on a slant route, dropped a comeback route, and threw off the timing on a simple wide receiver screen play. In the fourth quarter Wright took a huge hit on a slant reception, but hung on and stayed in the game.

2014 Week 7 vs BUF (4 / 4 / 60 / 0 rec)

Wright had a solid day, starting off against soft coverage on a 14-yard play on an out route and capping it with a nice 18-yard catch early in the fourth quarter. He also had an incredibly nice catch along the sideline in the fourth quarter which gained 28 yards. On the play Wright stopped and the coverage continued. Bridgewater delivered the ball along the sideline but Wright had to extend his body to get it and barely got both feet in. The Bills challenged the play, but the ruling on the field was confirmed--first down. Overall Wright did a good job and was able to make some nice catches during the game.


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