MANKATO, Minn. Jarius Wright wrapped up the Minnesota Vikings afternoon practice, the first practice in pads, hauling in a touchdown catch with first-round pick, cornerback Xavier Rhodes draped on his back.
Wright was on the outside, handled the physicality and of Rhodes and made the move to the sideline in catching the pass. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound Wright has the confidence to make such plays. He's trying to prove to coaches, and really anyone that will watch, he can make plays that contradict his smaller stature.
Since Wright was taken in the fourth round out of Arkansas in last year's draft, he's been labeled as an inside, slot receiver. He doesn't want to be defined just by his size.
"I kind of think that's half of it right there," Wright said. "(People) think just because I'm a smaller guy, I'm only a slot receiver. But I'm trying to break that mold and show them that a smaller guy can also play outside receiver."
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