WR Jarius Wright - Carolina Panthers
|5-10, 182||Born: 11-25-1989||College: Arkansas||Drafted: Round 4, pick 2012|
2019 Week 1 vs LAR (1 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)
Jarius Wright caught only one pass, settling down in the Rams' zone coverage to find a soft spot for his quarterback to zip a ball into him.
2019 Week 2 vs TB (6 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
Jarius Wright ran some nice patterns to give his quarterback a safe, easy target ñ especially on third down. An early third down snag saw him tackled short of the sticks, but he made up for it with a beautiful pivot route on a later third down. Cam Newton let Wright down with a couple of off-target throws, including a deep one that sailed out of bounds.
2019 Week 3 vs ARI (2 / 2 / 38 / 0 rec)
Jarius Wright's biggest contribution of the game came on a misdirection play where he managed to sneak in behind the coverage for a big catch down the left sideline. The Panthers caught the Cardinals with 12 men on the field after snapping the ball quickly; the confusion allowed Wright to find a weakness.
2019 Week 4 vs HOU (6 / 5 / 59 / 0 rec)
Jarius Wright proved to be a valuable safety blanket for Kyle Allen, with the key play of the game coming his way. With Allen under pressure from J.J. Watt up the middle, the quarterback pulled off a Houdini act by ducking under the would-be sack before looking downfield and finding a kneeling Wright, who gratefully accepted the pass. Apart from that standout moment, Wright provided Allen with an outlet on quick passes within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage, showing safe hands. Wright had a magnificent catch on a seam pattern in the two-minute drill at the end of the first half. Stacking the defensive back in coverage, Wright tracked the ball perfectly as Allen lofted it up and over the defensive back's outstretched hands.
2019 Week 5 vs JAX (3 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
After producing some pivotal plays against the Texans last time out, Jarius Wright assumed a more limited role in this game. His only catch came on a jailbreak screen pass into the left flat where he was able to patiently pick his way through the traffic in front of him to pick up a first down.
2019 Week 6 vs TB (3 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Jarius Wright, normally a dependable intermediate target, let his quarterback down against the Bucs. An early deep target on a corner was dropped in perfectly and hit Wright harmlessly on the hands, clanging off them and hitting the ground. A later third down target on a simple shallow crossing pattern fell incomplete and it appeared the timing was just off on the play.
2019 Week 8 vs SF (4 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)
Jarius Wright was limited to a pair of short receptions in the flat as the Panthers tried to attack underneath against the 49ers' zone coverage. On both occasions the San Francisco defense rallied to make the tackle, with yards after the catch very tough to come by.
2019 Week 9 vs TEN (4 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / -7 / 0 rush)
Jarius Wright did not enjoy his finest day at the office against the Titans. His first target appeared to be a simple catch, but the ball clanged off his hands and landed in the arms of a Titans defender. To his credit, he almost made an incredible diving catch later in the game, but it was ruled out after review as he used the ground to control the ball. Wright dropped another easy throw on a key third down late in the game after Kyle Allen had bought time to find him. Overall, Wright's game lacked its usual sharpness.
2019 Week 10 vs GB (2 / 1 / 21 / 0 rec)
Jarius Wright made an important play in the two-minute drill at the end of the game, catching a pass on a deep over route despite taking a massive hit at the end of it. The veteran receiver saw minimal action and the occasions that Carolina went to multiple wide receivers, Kyle Allen went elsewhere with his targets.
2019 Week 11 vs ATL (2 / 1 / 19 / 0 rec)
Jarius Wright stayed alive on a crucial fourth-down play, adjusting his route to give his quarterback an easy target. On the play, he used a subtle double-move to confuse the defensive back and bailed out Kyle Allen, who was rolling right and in trouble.
2019 Week 12 vs NO (1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Jarius Wright was rarely utilised in the passing progressions when he was on the field, making just one reception on a desperation check down on third down.
2019 Week 13 vs WAS (5 / 3 / 34 / 0 rec)
Jarius Wright played his traditional role of being the safe pair of hands for Kyle Allen to throw to in times of need. Indeed, on the first pass of the game Wright made himself available on a crossing pattern, hauling in the football with a diving reception. His best reception came on a sideline pass in the second half, with the veteran doing a tremendous job to keep both feet in bounds.
2019 Week 14 vs ATL (5 / 4 / 30 / 0 rec)
Jarius Wright saw a little more action than usual with Carolina in comeback mode for most of the game. After an early target from Kyle Allen that looked as if the two players were not on the same page, they connected on some timing routes in the middle of the field to offset the relentless Atlanta pass rush. Wright operated primarily as an outlet receiver for a besieged Allen all game, in fact.
2019 Week 15 vs SEA (4 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Jarius Wright was targeted on a corner route off play action on Kyle Allen's first dropback, but the Seahawks had excellent coverage, forcing a throwaway. Wright and Allen subsequently failed to connect on a third down pass, with the ball thrown too far in front of the receiver for him to haul it in.
2019 Week 16 vs IND (5 / 1 / 19 / 0 rec)
With the passing game inconsistent and largely dysfunctional with rookie quarterback Will Grier starting, Jarius Wright became a go-to option. A pair of early targets failed to connect, with the second, a beautifully lofted end zone pass to the back right corner, tipping off Wright's hands agonisingly. Wright stayed alive on a Grier scramble late in the first half, coming back to his quarterback to secure a first down catch.
2019 Week 17 vs NO (5 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)
In the passing game by committee approach that Carolina had to figure out, Jarius Wright was among the safest pairs of hands. An early third down target sent his way was broken up, but the Will Grier pass was off target and made the play straightforward for the defender. A later target down the right sideline was wide of the mark, giving Wright no chance to make a play.
2018 Week 1 vs DAL (5 / 3 / 23 / 0 rec)
Offseason acquisition Jarius Wright was solid in all aspects of the game as the Carolina offense struggled to protect Cam Newton, leading to a downstream negative effect on the receivers. Wright made his mark in the short passing game, with a beautiful adjustment on a low pass from his quarterback, rolling sideways as he hauled it in. Wright bamboozled defenders and broke a couple of tackles on a bubble screen, fumbled the ball after biting off more than he could chew, and subsequently recovering his lost fumble.
2018 Week 2 vs ATL (7 / 5 / 62 / 1 rec)
Jarius Wright proved his worth to the new Norv Turner-coordinated offense with a solid performance against Atlanta. Wright excelled on underneath patterns, getting out of his breaks quickly versus man coverage and showing veteran nous to find the soft spots in zones. His first target was a low ball from Cam Newton, which he couldn't quite get under to haul in, but he would follow that up in style. With the offense set up yards away from the Atlanta goal line, Wright ran an inside-breaking route and smartly sat down his route just past the whitewash, giving Newton an easy pitch and catch for the touchdown. Wright performed some acrobatics later as he reeled in two awkwardly thrown Newton passes, finding plenty of room to work with as the Falcons defense became more conservative, backing off in the secondary.
2018 Week 3 vs CIN (1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Jarius Wright was quiet for the most part against the Bengals, playing less than 40% of the snaps. With the rushing attack firing on all cylinders, Wright wasn't required in multiple wide receiver sets as the Panthers leaned on two tight end sets more often. Wright's lone reception went for a first down, a key catch that helped to kick start Carolina's first touchdown drive.
2018 Week 5 vs NYG (6 / 3 / 25 / 0 rec)
Jarius Wright was an infrequent contributor to the offense against the Giants, but he hauled in one of the most important catches of the game. With the Panthers looking to press home their three-point advantage, Cam Newton faked the ball to Christian McCaffrey before rolling out and tossing a beautiful pass to Wright, who had sneaked behind the coverage. Other than this highlight moment, Wright was limited to screen passes and scraps.
2018 Week 6 vs WAS (3 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
The slot receiver was limited to a single catch in the two-minute offense at the end of regulation. Despite D.J. Moore's turnovers, it was the rookie who was given the lion's share of the snaps opposite Devin Funchess.
2018 Week 7 vs PHI (2 / 2 / 37 / 0 rec, 1 / 34 / 0 rush)
Jarius Wright played a valuable role even as he was relegated to a rotational role among a crowded receiving corps. He ignited the offense in the second quarter, scooting around the left side for a big gain on an end around after the Eagles pursued too aggressively the other way. Wright was targeted on a deep ball late in the game which, if Cam Newton's pass had been more accurate, would have been an easy touchdown with the separation Wright had. The shifty receiver came up with another crucial catch in the fourth quarter, ripping the seam with a post pattern to set the offense up in the red zone. Wright was the recipient of the all-important two-point conversion pass from his quarterback, with the receiver finding space to pivot outside after faking an inside move.
2018 Week 8 vs BAL (3 / 2 / 5 / 0 rec)
Jarius Wright laid low for most of this game, seeing an early target clang off his mits on third down and a wideout screen snuffed out by excellent Baltimore diagnosis and tackling. He came up with an important conversion on third down as the Panthers chewed the clock in the second stanza, but ultimately a favourable game script for the offense meant pass attempts were at a premium.
2018 Week 9 vs TB (1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Jarius Wright has started to play more of a complementary role in the past few weeks with the emergence of Curtis Samuel and D.J. Moore. The shifty slot receiver came up with an important catch early in the game to keep a Carolina drive alive, however, securing a pinpoint throw into a tight window on a quick slant for a first down.
2018 Week 10 vs PIT (3 / 3 / 22 / 0 rec)
Jarius Wright was called upon only when the scoreboard began to look bleak for the Panthers, catching a couple of chain-moving passes on third down plays. Wright provides a reliable target for his quarterback whenever he is called upon.
2018 Week 11 vs DET (3 / 3 / 40 / 0 rec)
Jarius Wright operated mostly as an outlet receiver for Cam Newton in this game, but continued to show well as a route runner. Wright showed an excellent feel to find the soft spot in the zone defense early on, proving an easy target for his quarterback. It was Wright who was the target on a crucial play on the final drive, a swift catch and run setting up a touchdown. Wright was also the target on the fateful final offensive play for Carolina, a two-point conversion that was too high for Wright to haul in.
2018 Week 12 vs SEA (2 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec)
Slot weapon Jarius Wright was largely eclipsed by other Carolina players against Seattle, his most notable play coming on a packaged look featuring a couple of play fakes. Christian McCaffrey drew underneath coverage, allowing Wright to slip behind the linebackers and make a catch on the left sideline. Later, Wright fumbled the ball on a routine sideline catch - and fortunately managed to recover it.
2018 Week 13 vs TB (3 / 2 / 44 / 0 rec)
Slot maestro Jarius Wright assumed a larger role when Greg Olsen left the game, with his biggest contribution coming on a rare catch-and-run jaunt that went for 33 yards. Wright made the first tackler miss before scooting out to the sideline, cleverly cutting back inside when the space presented itself. Wright was the recipient of one more pass that went for a short gain.
2018 Week 14 vs CLE (5 / 3 / 36 / 0 rec, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
Jarius Wright was utilised mostly as a checkdown option as the Browns often played man-free coverage and sent extra rushers. Wright provided a much-needed outlet against that pressure, with his biggest play coming on a deep shot down the right sideline late in the game. Wright showed excellent focus and managed to come back for the ball as it hung up in the air.
2018 Week 15 vs NO (4 / 3 / 21 / 0 rec)
Jarius Wright provided a reliable target between the hashes on a handful of catches, even corralling a low pass from Cam Newton that looked certain to be an incompletion. Wright was unable to shake a tackle in the two-minute drill at the end of the game, getting hogtied by a Saints defender.
2018 Week 16 vs ATL (8 / 7 / 69 / 0 rec)
Jarius Wright was more involved than usual in the offense in this game, partly due to the high volume of pass attempts. A fumble on his second catch ñ the ball jarred loose as he tried to make a move up the field ñ ended a Carolina drive and set Atlanta up in excellent field position. Wright linked up later with third-string quarterback Kyle Allen on a seam route, exploiting a breakdown in the Atlanta secondary. Wright was mostly limited, however, to short catches for minimal yardage.
2018 Week 17 vs NO (4 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)
Slot machine Jarius Wright caught a zipped pass on a quick slant early in the game before drawing a defensive holding penalty on third down. Wright provided a nice target for Kyle Allen on a key fourth down, getting open in the right flat and turning upfield for the first down.
2017 Week 7 vs BAL (4 / 3 / 54 / 0 rec)
Wright makes this list for the first time with Stefon Diggs and Michael Floyd ruled out and he was the most effective receiver for Minnesota today. Wright managed to bring in 3 of his 4 targets and the longest play in the air for the Vikings. Case Keenum was able to move around in the pocket to buy enough time to Wright to sneak up the sideline. HE had beaten his man by a step and made a fully extended diving catch down the sideline. Had he not rolled out of bounds he could have gotten up and run into the end zone untouched. Wright has been a staple with the Vikings the past few seasons but is always overshadowed by bigger receivers. His role will diminish again once Diggs and Floyd return from injury.
2017 Week 10 vs WAS (1 / 1 / 7 / 1 rec)
Wright only had one target against the Redskins, but it ended up being the most important one. Wright took a 7-yard screen-play into the end zone on 3rd and 5 and provided the final touchdown to put the game away for the Vikings. Wright followed his blockers and was not touched by a Washington defender on his way to the end zone.
2016 Week 5 vs HOU (4 / 4 / 32 / 0 rec)
We can take his face off milk cartons now. Wright has only been active one other game (Week 3 against Carolina) and notched his first reception this week as he came off the bench since Stefan Diggs was out. Quarterback Sam Bradford used him mostly when he needed to get the ball out quickly, though two of the four catches Wright had went for first downs.
2016 Week 10 vs WAS (1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
We didn't even know he was on the team anymore. Given the lack of targets (and the grand total of four snaps he was on the field), Sam Bradford and coach Mike Zimmer might now be aware either.
2016 Week 15 vs IND (2 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
Wright came in for some mop-up duty late in the game. He had very little impact and is clearly way down at the end of the bench behind every other receiver on the roster.
2016 Week 17 vs CHI (7 / 5 / 24 / 1 rec)
In case you thought he had left the team, Wright made an appearance in a season-high 43 snaps and scored a touchdown. On the play, he ran a simple out pattern at the goal line, and was wide open for a Sam Bradford toss.
2015 Week 1 vs SF (4 / 1 / 27 / 0 rec)
Wright was bracketed by good coverage all evening, with his one catch coming with the defense playing a prevent at the end of the first half. Wright was also the target on a wildly overthrown ball in the middle of the first quarter that, if it had been a better pass, might have been intercepted anyway.
2015 Week 2 vs DET (2 / 1 / 17 / 0 rec, 1 / 29 / 0 rush)
Jarius Wright's first catch was on a dime thrown by Teddy Bridgewater in the first quarter. On the play, Wright ran a 15-yard out route, ending up close to the sideline. Bridgewater placed the ball perfectly where Wright was the only one who could make a play on the ball. Wright also showed off some speed on a reverse near the end of that same quarter, as he took the ball and then went outside (with some help from a Bridgewater block), outrunning defenders until he was brought down after gaining 29 yards.
2015 Week 3 vs SD (4 / 3 / 28 / 0 rec)
Wright is doing good work for the Vikings on crossing patterns underneath that allow him to get yards after the catch, but he is just a role player in this offense.
2015 Week 6 vs KC (3 / 2 / 69 / 0 rec)
Wright is still much lower in the pecking order than Mike Wallace or (at least right now) Stefon Diggs, but he still manages some impact plays. On one play--a 52-yard catch in the first quarter--Wright blew past his defender on a 'go' route and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater hit him in stride which allowed Wright to gain another 25 yards or so after the catch. Wright also made a nice catch on a short slant and took it for a first down.
2015 Week 7 vs DET (6 / 3 / 31 / 0 rec)
Jarius Wright made some great catches while under pressure from defenders, twice snagging the ball while draped by a defender. Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater knows he can depend on Wright to make every effort to make the catch and can take a few chances near Wright, as he will battle for the ball. He's firmly behind Mike Wallace and Stefon Diggs and will probably be behind Charles Johnson when the latter is fully back, but Bridgewater will look for him when he needs a sure thing on a shorter route.
2015 Week 8 vs CHI (2 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Wright is coming off a concussion and saw very little action. With Stefon Diggs ascendant and Charles Johnson returning, Wright is not going to see much action going forward either.
2015 Week 9 vs LA (3 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)
Like most of the team, Wright had a relatively quite day though he was the target on a very nice pass from teddy Bridgewater early on. On the play, Wright was bracketed by James Laurinaitis and Lamarcus Joyner, but Bridgewater trusted that he could make the pass and that Wright would make the play. Bridgewater was right and delivered a strike to Wright, who caught it. Wright did have a drop in the fourth, when Shaun Hill had taken over for an injured Bridgewater and was held on a deep pass in the second quarter, though there was no flag.
2015 Week 10 vs OAK (2 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
Along with the rest of the receivers, Jarius Wright was held back by gameplan and defensive scheme. His only action was a screen pass at the end of the first half.
2015 Week 11 vs GB (5 / 4 / 50 / 0 rec)
Wright caught all four of his real targets, with the fifth one coming as a ball Teddy Bridgewater was going to throw away. Wright did a great job of catching the ball and then adding some yards when he could afterwards. With Charles Johnson still not totally back in the swing of things and Mike Wallace having issues in eleven weeks in, Wright occasionally is a bigger part of the offense than was expected but not consistently so.
2015 Week 12 vs ATL (2 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
Wright made a pair of nice catches--one for a first down--but is too far down in the pecking order to have any real impact on a regular basis.
2015 Week 13 vs SEA (2 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)
Wright had a couple of nice catches along the sideline, but was otherwise unable to break free in time for Teddy Bridgwater to find him and deliver the ball.
2015 Week 14 vs ARI (6 / 5 / 51 / 0 rec)
Wright's biggest play of the day was just about the worst one possible, as he had the ball punched out of his grasp while he was trying to advance it after a catch in the second quarter. Luckily for him, the Cardinals didn't take advantage of the turnover, but the Vikings were in field goal range and could have used that three points down the stretch.
2015 Week 15 vs CHI (3 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec)
Wright lined up in the slot most of the day and was successful when Teddy Bridgewater needed him to be. He ran decent routes and showed off good hands on his catches, but is firmly mired behind Stefon Diggs, Mike Wallace and tight end Kyle Rudolph.
2015 Week 16 vs NYG (3 / 3 / 57 / 0 rec)
Wright caught all three of his passes Sunday evening, and did a very good job on his first catch of continuing to try and get open as Teddy Bridgewater scrambled. As the Vikings focused on the run game, Wright's role was minimal.
2015 Week 17 vs GB (3 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)
Wright made a lazy drop early in the game on a route down the sideline where Teddy Bridgewater dropped the ball in perfect placement along the line, but Wright played it too casually and was unable to keep both feet in while securing the ball. Beyond that Wright was pretty quiet.
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.
2014 Week 4 vs ATL (10 / 8 / 132 / 0 rec)
Wright had a career day against the Atlanta Falcons and while he is the clear No. 3 receiver, was just as clearly the guy rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater looked to on many plays. While the defense worked to take away Cordarrelle Patterson and Greg Jennings, Wright benefited from a lot more single coverage. That gave him some room to make plays after the catch, such as on his 52-yard catch and run early in the first quarter. On the play, Bridgewater hit Wright on a short screen as the slot receiver and a tight end curled out and set up blocks. Wright turned upfield and accelerated into open space. The blocking along with him was excellent, and he had a lot of room to run, only having to dodge one or two tacklers before breaking into the open. At the end of the run he was finally run down by cornerback Robert Alford. Wright's top end speed is only just average, but he makes the most of it when he has good blocking. Overall, Wright did an excellent job of creating separation against soft coverage and creating yards after the catch as well.
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.
2014 Week 8 vs TB (3 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
It looks a lot like Jarius Wright might have fallen behind Charles Johnson for the No. 3 receiver spot, however that spot is so inconsistent week to week that it's almost impossible to know which guy will show up. Wright saw little action on Sunday, with one pass caught behind the line of scrimmage and downed immediately and the other a deeper pass where he was hit right as he caught the ball, but showed really nice route running to get open in the first place.
2014 Week 9 vs WAS (4 / 2 / 29 / 0 rec)
Wright almost made a fantastic catch along the sideline late in the first half, but he was too close to the sideline to make the catch and keep both feet in. On the play, he was well covered and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater threw towards Wright's back shoulder where only Wright had a chance to make the play. Bridgewater might have tried to lead him instead, but it would have been a riskier pass. It was a very near thing, but Wright's left foot came down out of bounds. Other than that, Wright didn't see much attention from his quarterback, and in fact was only on the field for 40 percent of the offensive snaps, well behind most of the other receivers.
2014 Week 13 vs CAR (2 / 2 / 40 / 0 rec, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
Jarius Wright has been very quiet the last month or so and didn't see many targets Sunday, though he made what he got count. He showed his ability to produce yards after the catch on a screen where he followed his blockers to gain five yards. He was also the target on a very nice deep throw by quarterback Teddy Bridgerwater which went for 35 yards. Bridgewater hit Wright in stride, though the receiver did have to slow just a little bit. Wright was able to run for another 10 yards before being tackled though, so it didn't slow him down much.
2014 Week 14 vs NYJ (5 / 4 / 123 / 1 rec, 1 / 23 / 0 rush)
Wright actually had a quiet day until the fourth quarter. With 16 seconds left, quarterback Teddy Bridegwater had to scramble, looking for help. Wright did a good job of getting his body between his quarterback and the defender, so Bridgewater could get him the ball. Wright made a great catch with a defender draped all over him and held onto the ball as Darrin Walls was draped over him. His biggest catch was the 87-yard catch and run to win the game in overtime. Wright caught a simple screen pass, but Jets safety Jaiquawn Jarrett came up immediately and then missed the tackle. Wright had two good blocks in front of him and once he hit the second level as since Jarrett had stepped up to make the play there was nobody around to stop him. Overall, Wright was not a factor in the gameplan, but when he had a moment it was a big one.
2014 Week 15 vs DET (6 / 4 / 49 / 0 rec)
Wright continues to be well behind Greg Jennings and Charles Johnson in the overall pecking order, but when the Detroit Lions were able to blanket one of the other two, Teddy Bridgewater would get the ball to Wright. That was only partially successful but Wright did a good job gaining yards after the catch on his receptions. He has speed and some athleticism, and we have seen him succeed with more regular work. It could be that he is just stuck behind two talented receivers right now.
2014 Week 16 vs MIA (3 / 3 / 38 / 1 rec, 1 / 27 / 0 rush)
Wright had a nice day, catching all three of his targets, including one for a touchdown. However, his targets were spread out, coming early in the first and then into the fourth quarter. In between he was too well covered and struggled to get open. The Vikings also had him run the ball once, which resulted in a huge 27 yard gain. On the play, Wright took the ball and went around the left end of the line, heading towards the sideline. His speed was on display, as well as his athleticism, and allowed him to gain a lot of yards before being knocked out of bounds.
2014 Week 17 vs CHI (3 / 3 / 23 / 0 rec)
Wright made a fantastic catch along the sideline in the first quarter. Well covered by a defender, Wright ran a short out, and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater delivered a perfect ball along the sideline. Wright caught it and did an excellent job keeping both feet in to make it count. Wright caught both of the other targets he had as well on short routes.
2013 Week 1 vs DET (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Wright didn't get much work, relegated to fourth fiddle behind Jerome Simpson, Greg Jennings and tight end Kyle Rudolph, many of which also had quiet days. Wright didn't have much luck getting open and was the target of a pass which was behind him and should have been picked off as well. Wright showed some skill and ability last season, but it's hard to see him getting a lot of snaps, especially as rookie Cordarrelle Patterson gets healthy and up to speed.
2013 Week 2 vs CHI (2 / 1 / 21 / 0 rec)
Only targeted twice, the play that will stand out for most is the fumble in the third quarter which was ultimately overturned by replay. Jarius Wright ran a short slant and quarterback Christian Ponder hit him with a perfect pass. Wright was immediately hit and the ball came out. While originally ruled a fumble, Wright never had possession and the Vikings dodged a bullet. However as lucky as they were, Wright has to make that catch, which would have given the team first-and-goal and positioned them for a touchdown rather than settle for a field goal. That, in turn, could have made a huge difference in whether the Vikings won the game, as the Bears would have needed more than a field goal to win.
2013 Week 3 vs CLE (4 / 3 / 35 / 0 rec)
Jarius Wright's first catch could have and should have been a much bigger play. Wright was wide open on a crossing route but Ponder's throw was slow and high. Instead of hitting Wright in stride, which would have allowed for a chance to turn the ball upfield for more yards, the throw forced the receiver to slow down and leap up, extending his body to catch the ball. As a result the play went "just" 20 yards instead of potentially all the way to the end zone.
2013 Week 4 vs PIT (1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Wright had just the one catch, on a short out which gave him some room to add another three or four yards to the play. Other than that, Wright was on the field just 20 more snaps and Cassel just rarely looked his way.
2013 Week 6 vs CAR (2 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)
Wright was targeted on just a pair of short passes, the second of which was so low that it required him to get down on his knees to make the catch. He did make a heads up play on an Adrian Peterson fumble late in the second quarter. On the play, Wright was blocking on the play when the Panthers stripped the running back of the ball. It looked as though Panther cornerback Captain Munnerlyn had the ball, but Wright must have ripped it from his hands as he ended up with it in the end.
2013 Week 7 vs NYG (5 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)
While there were a ton of passes to go around, Jarius Wright had little success in catching the ones thrown his way. As was the case across the board for the Vikings, a lot of his targets were just plain off, but Wright also hasn't appeared to add much sharpness to his game skills and his role in this offense given the talent ahead of him right now is pretty limited.
2013 Week 9 vs DAL (5 / 3 / 31 / 0 rec)
As was the case with most of the Vikings receivers, Jarius Wright saw most of his targets on shorter passes. The only true deep ball he saw was at the end of the game which fell about five yards short of where Wright was standing in the end zone. For the most part though, Wright did a nice job catching his targets even when a defender was draped on him. He did show off some speed on a short screen where he had a ten yard cushion. There was nobody near him and whether that was by design or a blown assignment was unclear. Wright dialed up the speed and closed the ten yards quickly, plowing past the first defender for another yard as well.
2013 Week 10 vs WAS (3 / 2 / 34 / 0 rec)
Second-year receiver Jarius Wright saw very little action on Thursday and all of it came in the second half of the game. Wright had one big play in the third quarter, a 28-yard completion down the sideline. On the play, quarterback Christian Ponder was flushed from the pocket and scrambled to his right. Ponder kept his eyes downfield, looking for a receiver to throw the ball to and saw Wright literally jumping up and down trying to get Ponder's attention. Wright had been released by the corner who stepped up to help contain Ponder when the quarterback scrambled. However, both Washington safeties were too deep and so Wright was completely open. Ponder got the ball there, albeit slow enough for the safety to have reached Wright, so he got minimal yards after the catch. Wright was able to drag two defenders an extra couple of yards.
2013 Week 11 vs SEA (4 / 3 / 69 / 2 rec)
With Greg Jennings out, Jarius Wright became the important target among the receivers, scoring a touchdown with each of the two quarterbacks who played for the Vikings. On the touchdown for Christian Ponder--a 38-yard pass in the second quarter--Wright ran an "out and up" shaking his coverage and ending up wide open. Ponder threw a rainbow to Wright, who then took it in for a touchdown. Wright's second touchdown came in "garbage time" with just over two minutes to go in the game. On the play, Wright ran a slant route and found open space behind the linebackers, but in front of the secondary where Matt Cassel hit him in stride for the score.
2013 Week 12 vs GB (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Wright was targeted just once as rookie Cordarrelle Patterson saw a huge uptick in passes thrown his way this week--at what appears to be Wright's expense. His one target was on a short "go" route and hit him in the hands, but he was unable to haul the pass in.
2013 Week 13 vs CHI (3 / 3 / 53 / 0 rec)
After throwing up a donut in Week 12, receiver Jarius Wright had an OK day against the Chicago Bears. He caught all three of his targets, two for significant yards. His first reception was a 24-yard reception on a "go" route down the left side of the field. Wright slowed and paused for a moment in his route to catch the ball and added a few more yards before defenders brought him down. Wright also had a huge catch along the right sideline with 36 seconds left in the game. The Vikings were trailing by a field goal and were driving down the field. With just one timeout left and with 33 yards to go, Wright found an open space between the cornerback and the safety. Cassel threw a quick strike to Wright, but the ball was a bit low and behind the receiver. Wright caught the ball as he fell to the ground, sliding out of bounds as he did so. The play was reviewed and clearly showed Wright had control of the ball and was in bounds when he made the catch.
2013 Week 14 vs BAL (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Despite quarterback Matt Cassel throwing the ball 38 times, Wright only saw one target. Especially with the emergence of rookie Cordarrelle Patterson, Wright just isn't very high in the pecking order. On his catch, the defensive back was careful to give him a lot of cushion so that he wouldn't slip when trying to tackle Wright. So Wright had an easy and uncontested route and an easy catch just at the first down marker.
2013 Week 15 vs PHI (5 / 4 / 95 / 0 rec)
It was a very productive day for Jarius Wright, who caught almost everything thrown his way. The only ball he didn't catch was a badly thrown pass which was tipped and then picked off. For the most part though, Wright did an excellent job gaining separation from the defenders. On three of his catches, Wright was wide open, with no defender closer than five yards. On his other catch--a 42-yard reception in the third quarter--Wright was pretty well covered. The pass from Matt Cassel wasn't incredibly well placed--Wright had to slow a bit and instead of being led by the pass, he had to reach up and slightly behind him. Roc Carmicheal, the Eagles cornerback on the play, got a hand on the ball too. But Wright hung on and kept control of the ball as he fell to the turf and skidded out of bounds. Overall Wright did a great job on Sunday and it was one of his better days as an NFL pro.
2013 Week 16 vs CIN (2 / 1 / 36 / 1 rec)
Wright's touchdown came on a brilliant double-move which totally left cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick in the dust and Wright wide open. Quarterback Matt Cassel underthrew the ball a bit, causing Wright to slow down but the receiver easily scored anyway. Wright's second target was a wildly overthrown pass. Perhaps Wright wasn't where he was supposed to be, but it's impossible to know for sure.
2013 Week 17 vs DET (3 / 2 / 31 / 0 rec)
It looks like Jarius Wright is the odd man out when it comes to a role. Cordarrelle Patterson is the home-run hitter, while Greg Jennings is the reliable playmaker. Wright is a solid receiver but isn't bringing much to the table that anyone else on the team brings. That said, he has filled in well over the past two years and could develop into a decent possession receiver. On both of his catches Sunday, Wright did a good job of pushing the defense back, then stepping backwards to create separation in order to catch the ball cleanly. He also made a defender miss with a beautiful cut in the second quarter, enabling him to gain a first down. Still, Wright's role will probably be limited by the players around him.
2012 Week 12 vs CHI (10 / 7 / 49 / 0 rec)
Wright played in only his second game this season, but the rookie finished the day with seven catches on 10 targets. However, a bit closer look at the situations will show that Wright was primarily used on passing downs when the Vikings were facing second and long and third and long situations. Five of Wright's catches were for less than 10 yards, where he might have been able to make the catch, but the defense stopped him short of the first down each time. His longest catch of 12 yards on the opening drive was on 3rd and 18. Wright did have two first down catches in the second half, but both were short 10 yard pass plays. He's more of a possession receiver at this point Ponder is beginning to trust him more on passing downs. If Wright can get a little farther down field, or shake that first tackle, he would be in a much better position to put up better numbers. He was only targeted once in the red zone.
2012 Week 13 vs GB (1 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)
Wright had been pretty hot since he replaced Percy Harvin in the lineup back in Week 1o, but like the rest of the receivers, he was nowhere to be found. Wright struggled to find space in the secondary and couldn't get open before Christian Ponder needed to get rid of the ball. His only catch was on the last play of the game, and it was actually a nice catch. The Packers were playing well off the receivers, so Wright was able to cut towards the middle of the field and make a wide open catch before he reached the Packers. He made one nice move before falling and the clock then running out.
2012 Week 14 vs CHI (4 / 2 / 29 / 0 rec)
Wright saw all of his action in the second quarter, but finished the day as the #2 receiver for the Vikings. Both catches were in the flat, the second of which was a well-designed play. Wright motioned into the backfield, lining up as the lead back in an I formation. On 3rd and 2, Peterson ran one way while Wright broke into the flat on the other side of the field. Ponder floated him the ball and Wright had a nice 15 yard catch and run.
2012 Week 15 vs STL (2 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
Wright's first target came in the second quarter when he was well covered and Ponder overthrew him down the right sideline. Wright caught an underneath crossing route in the fourth quarter before turning upfield for a first down.
2012 Week 16 vs HOU (9 / 5 / 53 / 0 rec, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)
Wright led the Vikings with five receptions for 57 yards against the Texans. He primarily ran quick slants and curls as the team worked to offer quarterback Christian ponder a safe, short outlet on most passing downs. Wright also ran deep crossing patterns on occasion in an effort to relax the interior defense and setup the run game but Ponder was unsuccessful in completing these passes. Wright has trouble beating the straight jam at the line of scrimmage but makes good cuts an is a solid route runner overall. Wright appears to he surehanded and Sunday's game against Houston served to further build a rapport with Ponder.
2012 Week 17 vs GB (5 / 3 / 90 / 1 rec)
Wright beat a defender to the outside with a deep post route towards the pylon, but couldn't make a diving reception running towards the sideline. When Christian Ponder threw a bad pass directly over the middle of the field, the ball bounced to Jairus Wright who made a diving reception for a big gain. While the reception counted, it shouldn't have as Wright never caught the ball and the Packers didn't challenge. Having missed out on a touchdown in the first quarter, Wright adjusted well to an underthrown pass from his quarterback in the flat before diving into the endzone for one in the second quarter. Wright lined up in the backfield before running outside uncovered. Wright dropped a quick out that would have went for five yards and a first down. The diminuitive receiver broke free for a huge reception on a perfect deep pass from Christian Ponder. It was a 65 yard reception, Ponder's longest of the year.
2012 Week 18 vs GB (4 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
Wright's first reception didn't come until the third quarter. He ran a shallow crossing route with a defender on his back before catching the football. Wright was four yards away from a first down, but stretched out to convert a third and eight by the nose of the football. Wright's second reception came two plays later when he caught a pass in the flat on third and 11 before running forward for eight yards. Wright was crowded out and had no chance of making the first down.