Almost two years after he was put on the Bengals injured reserve list, Wright has been cleared for practice.
James Wright was a 7th round draft pick for the Bengals out of LSU back in 2014. On November 30, 2014, in what was unquestionably the best game of his career, Wright came down wrong on a 30-yard pass reception and ended up with a torn PCL that would end his season and possibly his career.
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Wright underwent microfracture surgery last year in hopes of salvaging his NFL career, but with a 6+ month recovery time, Wright was out for the rest of the 2014 season and the entire 2015 season. It left Wright with a few uncertainties, like would he be able to have the long-term structural integrity to continue his career, would there be any setbacks, making him miss training camp and preseason for the second year in a row?
As of Monday, Wright has been cleared to practice with the Bengals. If Wright can show the promise that he held almost two years ago, he can easily slide into one of the top receiver spots. Before his injury, Wright had 5 passes in 11 games for a total of 91 yards, 3 rushes for 30 yards and five special teams tackles.
With his crossover abilities and his already proven perseverance and determination, Wright could be just what the Bengals need this year for their receiving corps. He has some competition with Cody Core and Brandon Tate. Jake Kumerow is also making a surprise surge for a roster spot. How these guys perform and stay healthy could decide who is a practice squad player and who earns their spot on the roster.
The news from around the NFL is bleak. Players are going down like flies. Keeping the competition fierce could push Wright to be even better. There’s nothing wrong with having another burner in the fold.
How these guys perform and stay healthy could decide who is a practice squad player and who earns their spot on the roster.