Jarius Wright makes the most of his first NFL opportunity

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With Vikings receiver Percy Harvin nursing an ankle that he says was sprained in three places, it was foolish to think the Vikings would be able to plug in another slot receiver and expect him to do what Harvin does as well as any slot receiver.

Someone forgot to tell Jarius Wright how foolish that thought was.

Wright made an immediate splash for Minnesota, catching a 54-yard pass and then a three-yard touchdown on the team’s first scoring drive of the game.  Wright’s first career reception was the second longest first career reception in team history, second only to Adrian Peterson’s 60-yard catch-and-run for a score in his 2007 debut against the Falcons.

Wright finished with three receptions for a team-high 65 yards.

After the game, Wright told PFT that he knew his chance was likely coming from the day Harvin was injured.  By Wednesday, Wright knew that he’d definitely dress on Sunday, the first NFL regular-season appearance for the rookie fourth-round pick from Arkansas.

Asked what advice he received from Harvin as Wright prepared for his debut, Wright said, “Percy gives me advice every day.”  Wright said that the best guidance he has received from the 2009 NFL offensive rookie of the year is a “play every play like it’s your last.”

Wright hopes he’s done enough to continue to play once Harvin is healthy.  And while Wright had said he’s ready for playing in an NFL venue because he has played in much larger and louder college stadiums, his first taste of pro football showed him that it’s just as loud at the next level.

“This Metrodome really rocks,” Wright said.

If the Vikings can emerge with their upcoming Soldier Field/Lambeau Field road trip with at least a split, the Metrodome will be rocking like never before when the Bears come to town on December 9.

7 responses to “Jarius Wright makes the most of his first NFL opportunity

  1. If we can win one or two of our last six I’ll be happy, as long as the team shows improvement. I’d like to see Wright continue to play in place of Stephen Burton and Michael Jenkins, making this the best draft class we’ve ever had. If Ponder is over his slump and shows progress over the rest of the season, this year will be a great success.

  2. Interesting that Ponder broke out of his slump with Percy Harvin on the bench. Probably has more to do with the Lions’ weak secondary than anything else.

    Still, I think the Vikings with Percy Harvin, Jerome Simpson and Jarius Wright have legitimate deep threats and YAC threats too- especially Harvin.

  3. From my seat in the Dome, I was expecting that third down play to be a deep pass to Wright.

    Saw it go up in the air and Wright was open – glad he caught it to take advantage!

  4. Apparently he dropped that pass in practice, and the coaches have been concerned about his hands. If he fixes that problem, he’ll be good, because the kid has wheels.

  5. keep improving Ponder and youl keep your job, but yesterdays game was an average to good game. that was his 2nd highest QB rating in his career….

    I hear Simpson keeps dropping passes in practice, so the argument for wright doesnt make sense to me. these coaches are so inconsistent.

    going to be hard to have wright and harvin on the field at the same time with their similar size. but simpson should be replaced in the offseason. hes been very disspointing this season so far.

  6. Ponder needed to play well! I some times think he over thinks things a bit!! If you go back and watch just the games the Vikes lost! Ponder does well in the hurry up offense, He plays very well in an up tempo offense. He’s only two years in! And will only get BETTER!! Wait until his 3rd & 4th year! then be the judge!

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