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Continued: Craig: Quietly, Vikings receiver Wright shows his stuff

  • Article by: MARK CRAIG , Star Tribune
  • Last update: April 27, 2014 - 12:03 AM

At 5-10, 182 pounds, Wright certainly doesn’t look like an NFL deep threat. Yet he has a way of slipping into games as a No. 4 receiver and then sneaking behind defenders to catch deep passes off deceptive double moves.

“I know,” Wright said. “It got mind-boggling to me sometimes that I wasn’t used more as a deep threat [under former offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave]. I definitely can be that guy.”

Wright spent the first eight games of his rookie season (2012) as a healthy gameday inactive. On the fifth play of his first NFL game, he caught a 54-yard pass. In his second season, he averaged a team-high 16.7 yards per catch with two scores over 35 yards.

He’s also the answer to this trivia question: In the past 29 games, who is the only person with more than one touchdown catch in a game against Seattle’s vaunted “Legion of Boom” secondary?

“That would be me,” Wright said. “Just to have two in one game is an honor. But going against one of the best defensive secondaries in the league and Super Bowl champions? I would say that’s a memory I’ll never let go.”

Or taunt anyone with.

 

Mark Craig • mark.craig@startribune.com

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