Jarius Wright

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Jarius Wright
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Wright in the 2015 NFL season.
No. 13 – Carolina Panthers
Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1989-11-25) November 25, 1989 (age 29)
Warren, Arkansas
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight: 191 lb (87 kg)
Career information
High school: Warren (Warren, Arkansas)
College: Arkansas
NFL Draft: 2012 / Round: 4 / Pick: 118
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • First-team All-SEC (2011)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2018
Receptions: 196
Receiving yards: 2,486
Receiving touchdowns: 11
Player stats at NFL.com

Jarius Wright (born November 25, 1989) is an American football wide receiver for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He was released by the Vikings after the 2017 season. He signed to the Carolina Panthers in 2018. He played college football for the University of Arkansas Razorbacks, where he was an All-SEC first team selection in 2011.

Early years

Wright attended Warren High School in Warren, Arkansas, where he participated in football, basketball, baseball, 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.[1]

In track & field, Wright scored eighth 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.[2] 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.[3]

College career

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.

Wright at the University of Arkansas.

In 2009, Wright was named Arkansas’ Outstanding Offensive Player in the Liberty Bowl vs. East Carolina when he had 4 catches for 90 yards and 1 touchdown.

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.[4] For his play, he was a first team All-SEC selection.[5] 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.

Professional career


Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
5 ft 10 in
(1.78 m)
182 lb
(83 kg)
31 12 in
(0.80 m)
8 12 in
(0.22 m)
4.42 s 1.53 s 2.56 s 4.03 s 6.93 s 38 in
(0.97 m)
10 ft 0 in
(3.05 m)
11 reps
All values from NFL Combine[6]

Minnesota Vikings

On April 28, 2012, Wright was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the fourth 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.

2012 season

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.

2013 season

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.

2014 season

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.

2015 season

On September 10, 2015, Wright signed a four-year contract extension with the Vikings worth $14.8 million, including $7 million guaranteed.[7] The contract began in 2016, after the end of Wright's rookie deal, and would’ve kept him with the team through 2019.[8] 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.

2016 season

In 2016, Wright played in only eight games, recording a career-low 11 receptions for 67 yards and one touchdown.

2017 season

In 2017, Wright played in 16 games, recording 18 receptions for 198 yards and two touchdowns.

On March 16, 2018, Wright was released by the Vikings.[9]

Carolina Panthers

On March 20, 2018, Wright signed a two-year contract, with a third year option, with the Carolina Panthers, reuniting with former Vikings offensive coordinator, Norv Turner.[10]

Career statistics

Year Team GP REC YDs AVG LNG TDs Fum FumL
2012 MIN 7 22 310 14.1 65 2 0 0
2013 MIN 16 26 434 16.7 42 3 0 0
2014 MIN 16 42 588 14.0 87 2 0 0
2015 MIN 16 34 442 13.0 52 0 1 1
2016 MIN 8 11 67 6.1 11 1 0 0
2017 MIN 16 18 198 11.0 30 2 0 0
2018 CAR 16 43 447 10.4 33 1 3 1
Total 96 196 2,486 12.7 87 11 4 2


Personal life

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, Joe Wright, is a retired Arkansas state trooper and Army reservist. His mother, Jeanette Wright, is a retired elementary school teacher.


  1. ^ "Minnesota Vikings: Jarius Wright".
  2. ^ "TFRRS - Track & Field Results Reporting System". www.tfrrs.org.
  3. ^ "Rivals.com". sports.yahoo.com.
  4. ^ "Eight Razorbacks named to AP All-SEC team".
  5. ^ "Southeastern Conference". www.secdigitalnetwork.com.
  6. ^ "Jarius Wright - Arkansas, WR : 2012 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile". www.nfldraftscout.com.
  7. ^ "Vikings Sign Jarius Wright To Contract Extension".
  8. ^ "Vikings sign WR Wright to four-year extension".
  9. ^ Florio, Mike (March 16, 2018). "Vikings cut receiver Jarius Wright". ProFootballTalk.NBCSports.com.
  10. ^ Henson, Max (March 20, 2018). "Panthers sign Jarius Wright to three-year contract". Panthers.com.

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from NFL.com · ESPN · Pro-Football-Reference
  • Arkansas Razorbacks bio
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