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Lunch Break, August 1: Jarius Wright Seeking Breakout Season

Posted Aug 1, 2014

Jarius Wright Seeking Breakout Season

After seeing just a sampling of Jarius Wright his first few seasons in the league, the third year wide out is hoping to benefit from new offensive coordinator Norv Turner’s playmaker friendly offense just as much as Kyle Rudolph and Cordarrelle Patterson, to name a few.

Star Tribune’s Master Tesfatsion chatted with the Arkansas product and blogged this:

“It’s not totally new anymore, but we’re still learning new things about the system and running routes depending on the coverages,” Wright said. “I can continue to get smarter and smarter that way.”

Wright has still received reps as a returner on special teams as well and expects to get some action at some point during the regular season depending on situations. He returned just one kick last season with Patterson receiving the majority of the workload. Wright only had 17 punt returns at Arkansas serving as the backup as well.

There will be ample opportunites for Wright to have that breakout season he wants. Time will tell if he'll capitialize this year.

Entering the 2014 season the Vikings depth wide receiver is arguably the deepest the club has had in years and with that rises expectations. Look for big things from the wide receiving corps this season.

Jabari Price’s Study Habits Impress, But Next Step Is To Think Less

Rookie seventh round choice cornerback Jabari Price has been turning some heads the first week of training camp. Most importantly first year head coach Mike Zimmer has noticed the former Tar Heel as well.

Andrew Krammer of1500 ESPN highlights Jabari Price’s study habits as what has set him apart early on:

"iPad is so visual. I still have to have my notebook to write it down," Price said. "I learn by writing down. The iPad serves a purpose, but not so much as writing it down. I have a lot of papers. When I write it down, it just marks in my head."

Price's papers have helped him learn the nickel cornerback role under first-year coach Mike Zimmer. Price played the slot role as a junior Tar Heel, but played solely on the outside during his 13 games as a senior in 2013.

His physical attributes leave something to be desired. Price stands at about 5-foot-10, weighing roughly 200 pounds and had just two career interceptions at UNC. But his technique has led to a few extra reps with the first-team defense while Captain Munnerlyn, the Vikings' primary slot corner, has sat out with a hamstring injury.

"He's doing a pretty nice job, really," Zimmer said. "He's done a nice job in everything. Outside, done a good job. In nickel, done a good job. Anytime you can hit on a seventh-round corner, that's huge. We don't know if we've hit yet, but he's got some toughness to him...He's got some fight to him."

Quick Hitters

- Associated Press’s Jon Krawczynski profiles Sharrif Floyd and Linval Joseph’s quickly growing friendship.

- Ben Goessling chatted with Adrian Peterson and got his view point on the new coaching staff.