James Wright Waived By Cincinnati Bengals
Dec 7, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver James Wright (86) before the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
James Wright was probably the most promising young receivers headed into last season and has since become a fan favorite. He is entering into his second year in the league but was limited in both catches and targets last season. Brandon Tate has had his opportunity and this young wide receiver could be a future starter depending on what the future holds for the most of the receivers, who are all on one year or final years of their current deals.
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Wright was waived by the Bengals on Tuesday but for reasons that are speculated to be injury related. If he clears waivers, he could got to injury reserve with or without designation to return, which brings speculation to his knee injury at the end of last season to be more than just a bump or bruise. Joe Danneman of Fox 19 in Cincinnati tweeted:
Wright had a knee injury at the end of last season, which held him out of the playoff game against the Colts. He could have been used in many different ways during the wild card game, especially since the Bengals were missing A.J. Green, Dane Sanzenbacher, and Marvin Jones. It left Mohammed Sanu, Brandon Tate and Cobi Hamilton as the key receivers and even then two running backs, Giovani Bernard and Rex Burkhead, as well as full back/tight end Ryan Hewitt out performing all receivers.
If the Bengals can retain Wright through waivers and he is able to return this season, he could be playing for a large role in 2016. Bengals fans will have to wait and see if he will be in stripes past the next few days. We can only hope that this is just a minor setback for the Bengals who looked to improve this season and find out which young players will lead them past this season.
Update 4:06pm: Wright wouldd be lost for the season if he clears waivers Wednesday on injured reserve list.