Wright is part of a deep position group that includes D.J. Moore, Curtis Samuel, Chris Hogan and Torrey Smith (knee), Max Henson of the Panthers' official website reports.
Aldrick Robinson (hamstring) and Rashad Ross also are viable candidates to earn snaps at wide receiver, while Greg Olsen and Ian Thomas (leg) give the team a nice lineup in formations with two tight ends. Wright likely will open training camp as the slot receiver with the starting offense, but he'll need to fend off competition for his spot in three-wide formations. The Panthers always have the option to push Samuel or Moore inside, which then would free up outside work for Hogan, Smith, Ross or Robinson.
Wright finished the 2018 regular season with 43 catches on 59 targets for 447 yards and a touchdown across 16 games.
After inking a three-year contract with the Panthers over the offseason, Wright made a fairly seamless transition while working under offensive coordinator Norv Turner, who was already familiar with the wideout from their time together in Minnesota. While he wasn't a major priority in the passing game, Wright still managed a new career high in receptions while posting his second-best marks in both targets and yardage. The veteran provided a reliable depth presence and should remain in a similar role next season.
Wright caught seven of eight targets for 69 yards during Sunday's 24-10 loss to the Falcons.
Wright displayed a strong rapport with both of Carolina's backup quarterbacks, recording season highs in both receptions and receiving yards. He didn't make many big gains outside of a 24-yard catch and run, but it was a solid showing nonetheless. Wright will look to remain involved in the offense during next Sunday's season finale against the Saints.
Wright caught three of four targets for 21 yards in Monday night's 12-9 loss to the Saints.
Wright trailed only Christian McCaffrey in receptions and targets, but again went for very mild totals. That shouldn't come as a surprise to fantasy owners, though, as Wright's output Monday is about what he's established as his usual performance lately.
Wright caught three of his five targets for 36 yards and rushed once for five yards in Sunday's 26-20 loss to the Browns.
Wright finished third among Carolina's receivers in snaps, featuring for over half of the team's offensive plays. His target count marked his most since Week 5 and allowed Wright to post between 20 and 45 yards for the fifth straight game, illustrating his consistency in a depth role.
Wright brought in both of his targets for 25 yards during Sunday's 30-27 loss to the Seahawks.
Wright ranked third among the Panthers' wideouts in offensive snaps, seeing the field for 27 plays. It's worth noting, however, that No. 1 receiver Devin Funchess (back) was inactive, while Torrey Smith was limited to 13 snaps while returning from a four-game absence due to a knee injury. Funchess' potential return in Week 13 against the Buccaneers along with the likelihood that Smith will see his role expand as he becomes further removed from the injury could result in Wright dropping as low as fifth in the wideout pecking order.
Wright caught all three of his targets for 40 yards in Sunday's 20-19 loss to the Lions.
Wright's performance marked his best this season outside of Week 2's five catches for 62 yards and a score. It came while the veteran played over 70 percent of Carolina's offensive snaps, which was an increase from recent outings. His day could've been even better had Cam Newton hit him for a wide-open two-point conversion that would've won the game, but Wright at least put in an above-average effort.
Wright caught all three of his targets for 22 yards in Week 10's loss to the Steelers.
Wright's totals marked an improved performance compared to recent games but still didn't move the needle much from a fantasy perspective. That's the norm with Wright, though, as he's a veteran possession receiver who adds depth to Carolina's aerial plans.
Wright caught his lone target for eight yards in Week 9's win over the Buccaneers.
The veteran actually played the third-most snaps among Carolina's wideouts, but youngsters D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel clearly rank as higher priorities for looks and touches. Wright has caught at least one pass in all eight games but boasts just 18 grabs on the campaign.
Wright caught two of three targets for five yards in Sunday's 36-21 win over the Ravens.
Wright was deemed a starter in the wake of Torrey Smith (knee) being ruled out, but his steep decline in snaps contrasted that technical promotion. All in all, Wright featured on barely over a quarter of Carolina's offensive plays, which came just a week after posting his most scrimmage yards of the season. Instead of the veteran Wright, the Panthers turned to rookie first-rounder D.J. Moore, who accounted for a career-best 129 total yards while playing over 70 percent of the snaps, and second-year wideout Curtis Samuel, who gained 28 yards on three catches while playing 40 percent. With Moore and Samuel obviously factoring more into the team's long-term plans, it'll be interesting to see if Wright can return to a more relevant role in Week 9 versus the Buccaneers.
Wright is slated to serve as one of the Panthers' starting wideouts Sunday against the Ravens with Torrey Smith (knee) inactive, Bryan Strickland of the team's official site reports.
Though he's expected to be on the field for the start of the Panthers' first drive of the day, Wright won't necessarily benefit from a huge surge in snaps and/or targets with Smith out. The Panthers are expected to increase the roles of youngsters D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel in Week 8, while No. 6 receiver Damiere Byrd also boasts plenty of familiarity with playing Smith's position. The triumvirate of Devin Funchess, Greg Olsen and Christian McCaffrey should remain locked in as quarterback Cam Newton's top three targets, perhaps leaving little volume to go around for Wright and the team's other depth wideouts.
Wright caught both his targets for 37 yards and gained 34 yards on a rush in Sunday's 21-17 win over the Eagles. He also hauled in a successful two-point conversion.
Wright had a couple big plays, taking a handoff for a team-long rush along the left sideline during the second quarter before catching a 28-yard pass to help set up a touchdown during the fourth quarter. In doing so, Wright's 71 yards from scrimmage marked his most this season. Nonetheless, in playing under 55 percent of Carolina's offensive snaps once again Sunday, Wright's role remains a tough one to put much fantasy stock in.
Wright caught one of three targets for three yards in Sunday's 23-17 loss to the Redskins.
Wright played over 60 percent of Carolina's offensive snaps, but once again failed to make much of an impact. The veteran saw the fewest targets among his fellow receivers, as Devin Funchess, D.J. Moore and Torrey Smith all got at least five looks, and has now managed just 35 yards over the last three games.
Wright caught three of his six targets for 25 yards in Sunday's 33-31 win over the Giants.
Wright's day included a long reception for 27 yards, but his other five looks didn't yield much. Still, it was encouraging to see him get more involved after catching just one pass Week 3. With Curtis Samuel back in the fold, however, and rookie first-rounder D.J. Moore a key piece going forward, it'll be interesting to monitor whether Wright's snap count is impacted in upcoming outings.
Wright caught his lone target for seven yards in Sunday's 31-21 win over the Bengals.
Wright played under 40 percent of Carolina's offensive snaps while watching rookie wideout D.J. Moore take on a larger share than in the first two weeks. Although Wright hauled in the only look his way, the Panthers' interchangeable receiving options behind Devin Funchess should make his production difficult to predict on a weekly basis.
Wright brought in five of seven targets for 62 yards and a touchdown in the Panthers' 31-24 loss to the Falcons on Sunday.
The veteran receiver played a key role in the Panthers' passing attack with Greg Olsen (foot) out of action, posting the third-highest reception and receiving yardage totals on the afternoon. Wright has now seen 12 targets through his first two games, certainly an elevated figure for a wideout expected to fill a No. 4 role. He'll look to continue his productive start against the Bengals in Week 3.
Wright caught three of five targets for 23 yards in Sunday's 16-8 win over the Cowboys.
Wright featured on just under half of Carolina's offensive snaps, ranking third behind Devin Funchess and Torrey Smith among the team's receivers. That supported the notion that he'd begin the season ahead of rookie first-rounder D.J. Moore, but the fact Wright tied Funchess to lead the group in both catches and targets was somewhat surprising. Sure, his totals were modest, but Wright's familiarity with coordinator Norv Turner's scheme seems to be benefitting him early on.
Wright caught his lone target for 28 yards in Thursday's 28-23 win over the Bills in the preseason opener.
Wright's catch-and-run set the Panthers up on the two-yard line on the team's second offensive series. That led to Carolina's opening touchdown, reflecting quite well on Wright's impact with the starters. Long an underrated chain-mover -- and the team's unofficial receptions leader through training camp, Bryan Strickland of Panthers.com reports -- Wright's stellar play thus far could land him the slot-receiving gig, but he'll need to maintain his performance level through the remainder of the exhibition slate.
Wright is signing a two-year contract with the Panthers, including a $2 million signing bonus, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Released by the Vikings on Friday, the 2012 fourth-round pick only needed three days to find a new home. He'll reunite with Panthers offensive coordinator Norv Turner, who held the same role in Minnesota from 2014 to 2016. Wright lost his long-time gig as the Vikings' No. 3 receiver in 2016, but he finally got it back for the 2017 playoffs, where he responded by catching six of 12 targets for 107 yards in two games. The 28-year-old likely will compete with Russell Shepard and Curtis Samuel (ankle) for slot work, while Devin Funchess and Torrey Smith figure to man the outside. The Panthers may still add more help in the draft, as their current wideout group is a clear case of quantity over quality.
Wright was released by the Vikings on Friday.
The move isn't overly surprising as Wright has seen a heavily reduced role the past two seasons, notching only 29 receptions for 265 yards and three touchdowns in 24 games. However, the 28-year-old played a more significant role for the Vikings in their two postseason games, which could spark some additional interest in free agency.
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