Wright in the 2015 NFL season.
|No. 17 Minnesota Vikings|
|Date of birth:||November 25, 1989|
|Place of birth:||Warren, Arkansas|
|Height:||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight:||191 lb (87 kg)|
|High school:||Warren (AR)|
|NFL draft:||2012 / Round: 4 / Pick: 118|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2015|
Jarius Wright (born November 25, 1989) is an American football wide receiver for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Vikings in the fourth round, 118th pick overall of the 2012 NFL Draft. He played college football for the University of Arkansas Razorbacks, where he was an All-SEC first team selection in 2011.
Wright attended Warren High School in Warren, Arkansas, where he participated in football, basketball and track and was teammates with Greg Childs and Chris Gragg. He was an All-State choice during his junior season when he finished with 51 receptions, 1,086 yards and 15 touchdowns to go with 5 more scores on kick and punt returns. As a senior in 2007, he was named to the All-State team and the All-Arkansas team by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette after racking up 58 receptions for 1,350 yards and 15 touchdowns and returning 3 kicks for touchdowns. He also earned a spot on the Associated Press (AP) Super Team.
In track & field, Wright scored eight in the 55-meter dash at the 2007 Arkansas 1A-4A Indoor State Championships, and set a personal-best time of 6.79 seconds in the preliminary rounds. In addition, he also owned a 4.4-second 40-yard dash.
Regarded as a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Wright was ranked as the No. 218 player in the nation, as well as the No. 18 wide receiver and No. 3 player in the state of Arkansas. Wright chose Arkansas over scholarship offers from Oklahoma, Tennessee and Mississippi, among others.
Wright played college football for the University of Arkansas Razorbacks from 2008 to 2011, and was an All-SEC first team selection as a senior in 2011. He appeared in 50 games during his Arkansas career, making 44 starts and missing only 1 game during his career. He ranks 1st in the school's record books in receptions (168) and receiving yards (2,934), and also ranks 5th all-time in SEC history in receiving yards. His 24 career receiving touchdowns ranks 2nd in school history and tied for 15th in SEC history. He had 9 100+ yard games, which tied for 2nd in program history.
He hauled in a career long 89-yard score in 2010 versus Mississippi State.
Wright set single-season records for Arkansas as a senior in 2011 with 66 receptions, 1,117 yards and 12 touchdowns despite missing 1 game. He was named SEC Co-Offensive Player of the Week after torching Texas A&M with 13 receptions for 281 yards and 2 touchdowns; the 281 yards was 2nd in SEC history and an Arkansas single-game record, and the 13 receptions tied the record for receptions in a game. For his play, he was a first team All-SEC selection. He helped Arkansas to an 11-2 overall record in 2011, win the Cotton Bowl over Kansas State 29-16, and finish ranked #5 in the final polls.
|Ht||Wt||Arm length||Hand size||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP|
|5 ft 10 in||182 lb||31 1/2 in||8 1/2 in||4.42 s||1.53 s||2.56 s||4.03 s||6.93 s||38 in||10 ft 0 in||11 reps|
|All values from NFL Combine|
On April 28, 2012, Wright was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the 4th round (118th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft, joining former college and high school teammate Greg Childs in the Vikings 2012 draft class, selected 16 spots later (#134 overall). He was the 1st of 3 Vikings picks in the 4th Round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He made his NFL debut against the Detroit Lions on November 11, 2012, catching three passes from quarterback Christian Ponder for 65 yards and a touchdown. He had the 2 longest catches by Vikings during his rookie season in 2012 with 65 and 54-yarders. He helped set a Vikings record when 5 rookies started a game vs. the Chicago Bears on November 25, joining Matt Kalil, Rhett Ellison, Josh Robinson and Harrison Smith.
As a rookie in 2012, Wright hauled in 2 touchdowns on the season to lead Vikings rookies. He played in final 7 regular season games and the Wild Card playoff at Green Bay with 1 start in the regular season vs. Chicago. He reeled in the 2 longest passes on the Vikings season with a 65 yarder vs. Green Bay and a 54-yarder vs. Detroit. His 1st NFL reception in his 1st game was a 54-yard strike from Christian Ponder vs. Detroit. He had a career-high 7 catches in his 2nd career game at Chicago. He scored his 1st career TD on a 3-yarder from Ponder vs. Detroit. Also hauled in an 8-yard score vs. Green Bay in the season finale.
In 2013, Wright scored a new career-high with 3 touchdowns, including 2 against the eventual Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks top ranked defense and the first one a 38-yard touchdown burning first team all-pro corner Richard Sherman. He hauled in a career-long 95 receiving yards in an upset win over the playoff-bound Philadelphia Eagles. His lone catch at Cincinnati was a 36-yard touchdown pass from Matt Cassel. He started in the season finale game vs. the Detroit Lions, the final game at the Mall of America Field. He started against the Seattle Seahawks in place of injured Greg Jennings, reeling in a career-best pair of touchdown catches, a 38-yarder from Christian Ponder and a 21-yarder from backup Matt Cassel. He had a season-high 3 catches vs. the Cleveland Browns.
In 2014, Wright had the best season of his career, posting career-highs in starts (7), receptions (42), receiving yards (588) and first downs (25). He also had two touchdown receptions, including one on a screen pass from Teddy Bridgewater that he took 87 yards for a game-winning overtime touchdown on December 7 against the New York Jets. That was the longest reception of his career and the 2nd longest in the NFL that season.
On September 10, 2015, Wright signed a four-year contract extension with the Vikings worth $14.8 million, including $7 million guaranteed. The contract begins in 2016, after the end of Wright's rookie deal, and keeps him with the team through 2019. He logged 34 catches for 442 yards in 16 games with 3 starts. He topped 50 yards receiving twice in three weeks after posting 5 catches for 51 yards against the Arizona Cardinals and 3 catches for a season-high 57 yards in the Vikings' blowout win over the New York Giants on December 27. He notched a career-long 29-yard carry on a reverse run at Detroit in week 2. He also recorded a 52-yard catch against the Kansas City Chiefs in week 6, the second straight year he has posted the Vikings season-long reception.
|Year||Team||Games||Receptions||Targets||Receiving Yards||Yards per Reception||Longest Reception||Receiving Touchdowns||First Downs||Fumbles||Fumbles Lost|
Wright studied sociology at the University of Arkansas and was named to the Razorback Honor Roll in the fall of 2011 based on his performance in the classroom. He sponsors an AAU basketball team in his hometown. He is also an avid outdoorsman, enjoys fishing, hiking and boating. His father is a retired Arkansas state trooper and Army reservist.
- Eight Razorbacks named to AP All-SEC team
- AP Names 2011 All-SEC Football Team
- "Jarius Wright Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 31 January 2014.