• by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Injuries could mean Sunday start for Vikings WR Adam Thielen

    Vikings wideout Adam Thielen could start this week against the Broncos with Charles Johnson out with a rib injury and Jarius Wright a game-time decision with a hand injury, per ESPN 1500.Thielen appeared to move ahead of Cordarrelle Patterson to move to No. 4 on the wide receiver depth chart as he got two targets in last week's game. However, it's not clear if Thielen would start at receiver if there's an opening.

  • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Injuries could provide start for Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson

    Cordarrelle Patterson could start at receiver this week for the Vikings against Denver with Charles Johnson out with a rib injury and Jarius Wright (hand) a game-time decision, according to ESPN 1500.Patterson has just one reception and one rushing attempt this year.

  • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Game-time decision for Vikings WR Jarius Wright on Sunday vs. Broncos

    Vikings wide receiver Jarius Wright (hand) is listed as questionable and will be a game-time decision for Sunday's game at Denver, ESPN reports.Wright was limited in practice Friday after missing practice the prior two days, so there is some optimism he could play. He hurt his right hand in last week's game and had it wrapped on Friday. With Charles Johnson out with a rib injury, the Vikings may need to give Adam Thielen, Cordarrelle Patterson or Stefon Diggs a larger role in the offense.

  • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Vikings could count on ailing receivers to play this Sunday

    Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Thursday that there's a chance both his ailing wide receivers, Charles Johnson and Jarius Wright could play this week, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press."There's a chance both will be able to play [Sunday at Denver]," Zimmer said.Johnson missed practice for a second consecutive day due to a rib injury, but he'd back up Zimmer's sentiments with a return to drills in some capacity Friday. Even though Johnson has picked up 73 percent of the offensive snaps this season, it has yet to translate in the box score, as he boasts six catches (on eight targets) for 46 yards through three contests.

  • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Vikings WR Jarius Wright has three-catch outing Week 3

    Vikings wide receiver Jarius Wright had three receptions for 28 yards in Sunday's win over San Diego. Wright was targeted four times, which was tied for second on the team, but Teddy Bridgewater didn't need to throw much with Adrian Peterson having a big game (126 yards rushing). Wright again has shown big-play ability, but he doesn't get many targets in a run-first offense.

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    Vikings WR Jarius Wright has 27-yard catch in season opener

    Vikings wide receiver Jarius Wright had one reception for 27 yards on four targets in Monday's loss at San Francisco. With 35 snaps, Wright played about half the plays on offense, as the Vikings frequently featured three-receiver sets. Wright begins the season as the slot receiver. He may not get many targets in the role but has big play potential. Minnesota's passing game will need to improve significantly from Week 1 for him to even be considered in most Fantasy Football formats.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Vikings sign WR Jarius Wright to four-year, $14.8 million contract

    The Vikings announced Thursday they signed wide receiver Jarius Wright to a contract extension. It is a four-year contract worth $14.8 million, a source told NFL Network. He will get $7 million guaranteed. "Jarius has been a key member of our offense since we drafted him in 2012 and we felt it was necessary to secure his future with our organization," Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said. "His commitment to this team, hard work and leadership in the WR room are several of the intangibles that he brings to our club on a daily basis and we're excited for his future with the Vikings. With the help of WR coach George Stewart, Jarius has greatly improved since coming to Minnesota. This extension stays true to our philosophy of drafting young talent, developing them in our system and rewarding their success."

  • by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst

    Jarius Wright to be Vikings' slot receiver

    With the release of veteran Greg Jennings, the Vikings are moving forward with Jarius Wright as their slot receiver. "We're in good shape with Jarius Wright, and Adam [Thielen] has gotten some snaps there as well," offensive coordinator Norv Turner told KFAN 1003. Wright, 25, caught a career-high 42 passes for 588 yards last season, with two touchdowns. He also rushed five times for 71 yards. Thielen, 24, had eight catches for 137 yards and a touchdown.

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Unheralded Thielen leads Vikings receivers Sunday

    Vikings second-year wideout Adam Thielen entered Sunday with just five catches for 69 yards on the season. He nearly doubled those totals in the win over Chicago. Thielen caught three passes for 68 yards and contributed a 44-yard touchdown reception from Teddy Bridgewater in the third quarter. His efforts led an otherwise mediocre performance by the wide receivers. Also contributing were Greg Jennings (3-45), Jarius Wright (3-25) and Charles Johnson (2-22).

  • by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst

    Vikes WR Jarius Wright sustains back injury

    Vikings wideout Jarius Wright hurt his back in the first half against Chicago and is doubtful to return. Wright caught all three of his targets for 23 yards. Wright, who made 41 catches this season, is set to earn $660,000 in 2015 in the final year of his contract.