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Lunch Break, 9/29: Wright Steps Up

Much will be said about Vikings rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater in the coming days, and deservedly so, following his dazzling first NFL start against the Falcons, but another Viking, Jarius Wright, provided Bridgewater with some big playmaking during his home debut.

View images from Sunday's game against the Falcons.

Brian Murphy of the Pioneer Press writes about Wright's career day and path to a prominent role with the Vikings offense:

*Vikings wide receiver Jarius Wright was gushing about the chemistry he forged with rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater during training camp when his media scrum was interrupted by Norv Turner. *

*Wright shook hands and smiled at his offensive coordinator without missing a beat, assessing his finest performance as a pro Sunday in Minnesota's 41-28 victory over the Atlanta Falcons at TCF Bank Stadium. *

*His eight receptions for 132 yards were a long time coming for the 2012 fourth-round pick. *

*In 2012 it took 10 games for Wright to catch his first NFL pass. A year ago Cordarrelle Patterson rocketed past his fellow receiver with his unrivaled playmaking bona fides. Veteran Greg Jennings is a mainstay in the slot. *

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*Wright was a nonfactor in Minnesota's first three games this season so pardon him for wondering whether his breakout would ever come. *

"It took me three years to finally get this game but it came for me," Wright said. "Coach Turner saw something that he really believed in. The first two games, they were two big drops. I felt like I had to come out here and make a statement today."

With Wright and rookie running back Jerick McKinnon emerging as more weapons for the offense, it's safe to say that Teddy has enough firepower around him despite losing some talented helpers recently.

Quick Hitters

  • Scoggins: Vikings offensive line blocks out critics and shines.
  • Vikings showing read-option look with Teddy Bridgewater, via Ben Goessling of  ESPN.
  • From USA Today's Tom Pelissero, Teddy Bridgewater gives Vikings new sense of hope.
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