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WR Jarius Wright - Minnesota Vikings

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

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Week 3: at New Orleans Saints

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Matt Cassel stunk up the joint in Week 2, with four interceptions thrown and six sacks for -39 yards taken in the course of a 7-30 pounding by the Patriots. Cassel finished the day with 19/36 for 202 yards passing and one TD throw (to Matt Asiata, the new starting running back), leaning heavily on Asiata (seven targets for 5/48/1 receiving), Kyle Rudolph (eight for 5/53/0) and Cordarrelle Patterson (seven for 4/56/0). We'll see if the powder-puff Saints' D can improve Cassel's stats this week. The Saints' defense has allowed 63 points so far this year, helping to contribute to their poor start. Only the Jacksonville Jaguars have allowed more points (75) this season. The Saints handed over 24/41 for 202 net yards, one TD and zero interceptions to Brian Hoyer and the Browns last week (one sack for -2 yards) after being blasted by Matt Ryan and company in Week 1 (31/43 for 448 yards passing to Ryan, also surrendering three TD passes vs. zero interceptions and only one sack (for -3 yards) generated during the game.) This unit is far from right as of Week 3. Two struggling units face off in this game - neither has a clear edge over the other.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 at STL 0 0 0 3 2 25 0 0
2 vs NE 1 -5 0 3 1 12 0 0
3 at NO PROJ-Dodds 1 * * 2 * * *
3 at NO PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 2 * * *
3 at NO PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 2 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 1 vs STL (3 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec)

While Wright only had a handful of targets, the two catches he made showed off some nice speed and athleticism. In both cases, Wright did a nice job of catching the ball and then turning upfield, following his blockers and gaining extra yards. In an offense predicated on getting receivers the ball and having them create yards, Wright is a nice fit, although it appears he lacks the ability to really make his own yards when the blocking isn't there. Wright appeared to work only out of three receiver sets, and is definitely behind Greg Jennings and Cordarrelle Patterson on the depth chart.

2014 Week 2 vs NE (3 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec, 1 / -5 / 0 rush)

The biggest play Wright was part of was, unfortunately, an interception. On the play, Wright went deep but was well covered. Quarterback Matt Cassel underthrew the ball and didn't see the safety coming over to help on the coverage. The safety picked the ball off easily and returned it for a nice gain. Wright nearly had a touchdown in the fourth quarter on a fade route where Wright allowed the ball to go through his hands and bounce off his facemask for an incompletion.


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