Story of James Wright testament to LSU’s sheer talent, Bengals’ scouting

AP

Odell Beckham Jr. Jeremy Hill. Zach Mettenberger. Jarvis Landry. La’el Collins. Alfred Blue.

All were contributors on offense for LSU two years ago, and all have spots in the NFL. Beckham, the Giants’ leading receiver as a rookie, is already a superstar, while Landry hauled in 84 passes for Miami. Hill, meanwhile, emerged as the Bengals’ featured back down the stretch.

However, another member of that 2013 LSU offense is also quietly trying to make a name for himself: second-year Bengals wide receiver James Wright, a seventh-round pick of Cincinnati in 2014 despite not catching a single pass in his final collegiate season.

In a story published Friday, Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com noted that Wright’s blocking, special teams play, pro day workout and pre-draft visit were key in Cincinnati’s decision to take a flier on the wideout, who hauled in just 25 passes for 304 yards and no TDs in four seasons in Baton Rouge.

And the move appears to have worked out well.

The 23-year-old Wright played in 11 games for Cincinnati as a rookie, catching five passes before suffering a season-ending knee injury. However, he was back for OTAs this week, and he is seeing time at all of the WR spots, per the club’s website.

“I have a lot of trust in James with his speed, athleticism and toughness,” Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson told Bengals.com. “He knows how to play. He knows what to do. He does it with confidence.”

And he appears to be proof that if you do your job well, no matter where it is on the field, the NFL might just take notice.

The Bengals particularly might be paying attention, given their thorough scouting of an LSU team with so much starpower right at the surface.

25 responses to “Story of James Wright testament to LSU’s sheer talent, Bengals’ scouting

  1. Too bad Collins is a criminal. Then again he did go to the right team for that. Maybe he can room with Hardy and hit the clubs together.

  2. thesneakysalamander says:
    May 29, 2015 10:51 AM

    That LSU team should have been 10x better

    They don’t call hims Less Miles for nothing.

  3. It helps to recruit mega talent when your school and conference have no admission requirements, rich boosters, police in the back pocket, and no rules to follow.

  4. They got another good receiver in the 7th round this year. The Bengals are close, just have to make it happen. My guess is that were going to be seeing a lot of jumbo formations with Eric Fisher in as an extra tackle. Jeremy Hill will be top 5 in rushing this year. All Andy has to do is not kill us, and we’ll go far.

  5. tccoats says:
    May 29, 2015 11:03 AM

    The Bengals and “thorough scouting” is not something you normally see in the same sentence.
    —————————————————–
    You need to update your stereotyping.
    They have been to the playoffs 4 straight and 5 of the last 6 seasons without getting into free agency so obviously the`ve been scouting pretty good the last 7-8 seasons.

  6. Caught 5 passes in 11 games before season ending injury? I guess not much worse than 25 catches in 4 years at LSU.

    Now I kind of like the Bengals, but this guy may be cut on the way to 53 unless he stands out on special teams. Interesting choice for a story.

  7. And people wonder why Mariotta won’t have any problems beating out Mettenberger. This was the talent surrounding him, and LSU’s defense, even as young as it was in 2013, was still very good. Did they even sniff a national championship? Not at all.

  8. 1buckeye76 says:
    May 29, 2015 11:34 AM

    They got another good receiver in the 7th round this year. The Bengals are close, just have to make it happen. My guess is that were going to be seeing a lot of jumbo formations with Eric Fisher in as an extra tackle. Jeremy Hill will be top 5 in rushing this year. All Andy has to do is not kill us, and we’ll go far.

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    Correction – Jake Fisher.

  9. Les Miles has to be one of the worst in game coaches in college football history.

    That program pumps out tons of talent. When you watch them play their offense looks like it is stuck in the mud.

  10. johnc44 says:
    May 29, 2015 11:52 AM

    You need to update your stereotyping.
    They have been to the playoffs 4 straight and 5 of the last 6 seasons without getting into free agency so obviously the`ve been scouting pretty good the last 7-8 seasons.

    ********************************
    Bengals haven’t won a playoff game since 1990. Consider my stereotyping updated.

  11. From top to bottom, the Bengals are one of the most talented teams in the NFL. If Dalton can stop making critical mistakes in critical teams, they’ve got more than enough talent to go all the way. That’s a big if, but name a glaring hole on this squad. You can’t.

  12. “johnc44 says:
    May 29, 2015 11:52 AM
    You need to update your stereotyping.”

    Trolls don’t update.

  13. tccoats says:
    May 29, 2015 11:03 AM

    The Bengals and “thorough scouting” is not something you normally see in the same sentence.

    —————————————————————

    Pretty ignorant statement with their recent success of consistently making the playoffs. I’m a Steelers fan but I have to give credit where it’s due.

    The Browns could learn something from watching the Bengals.

  14. A.J. Green… and then… the Bengals receiving corps drops off fast.

  15. floratiotime says: Too bad Collins is a criminal. Then again he did go to the right team for that.

    = = = =

    You sir, are out of touch. This is 2015 not 2005.

  16. Cam Cameron former Ravens OC is OC and QB coach for LSU. He is developing some good young talent there. Winning has to do with the head coach so if your not happy about the fact LSU had all that talent and really won nothing blame him but for pure ability to develop the talent, Cameron is doing a helluva job.

  17. rayslover727,
    Dalton and Lewis are the problem. Dalton simply hasn’t shown the talent to take them past some nice regular season wins, and Lewis as an HC has always baffled me a bit. Ultimately, I think he is conservative on game days, especially in the playoffs, similar to Marty Schottenheimer. But on the other hand for Bengal fans, you have to understand that most of the roster improvement is attributable to him getting more involved in personnel, which is usually not the way that goes. If I was Mike Brown, I might just offer to move him into a GM or other executive role and bring in a new HC to see if that would work since he’s getting up there in years anyway, but coaches never seem to want to get that out of their blood. Also, you would have to be worried about him hiring Jim Schwartz who he is bffs with and is not cut out to be a HC imo.

  18. Dalton is NOT the problem. He had the worst passing season of his career bc the Bengals focused more on rushing due to their injuries in the receiving corps. If we get our wr.s and te.s bac; healthy, we will get back to form there….and the rushing game is already proven. Injuries make a HUGE difference in the NFL. As for Marvin…my friends & I have been talking about him being in the front office for YEARS!! But I still think ML can do it…he’s had a LOT of bad breaks. Look it up.

  19. johnc44 says:
    May 29, 2015 11:52 AM
    tccoats says:
    May 29, 2015 11:03 AM

    The Bengals and “thorough scouting” is not something you normally see in the same sentence.
    —————————————————–
    You need to update your stereotyping.
    They have been to the playoffs 4 straight and 5 of the last 6 seasons without getting into free agency so obviously the`ve been scouting pretty good the last 7-8 seasons.

    =
    Look at the Bengals first round picks over recent years though. Keith Rivers, Andre Smith, Jermaine Gresham, Dre Kirkpatrick, Tyler Eifert, Darqueze Dennard… they’ve all been busts or at best severely disappointing.

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