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The Panthers declined to pick up Wright's 2020 option, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Wright signed a three-year deal with the Panthers in March of 2018, but he'll become a free agent March 16, saving the team $6 million against the salary cap. The 30-year-old slot receiver produced sparingly in 2019, as he never generated more than 60 receiving yards in a game and finished with 28 catches for 296 yards and no touchdowns.
Feb 25, 2020 11:59 AM EST
Wright, who caught two passes for 10 yards in Sunday's 42-10 loss to the Saints, finishes up the 2019 campaign with 28 receptions (on 58 targets) for 296 yards in 16 games played.
Analysis: Wright mostly served as Carolina's third receiver, but with tailback Christian McCaffrey and tight end Greg Olsen also demanding regular looks ahead of him, the veteran wideout only saw a few spare targets on a weekly basis. In fact, Wright managed more than two catches just three times this season and topped 40 yards just once. In hauling in under half of the attempts his way and not finding the end zone at all, the 30-year-old was hardly a meaningful fantasy commodity, and with the Panthers holding a team option for the 2020 season of his contract, it remains to be seen whether he'll be back next year.
Dec 31, 2019 1:18 PM EST
Wright caught one of five targets for 19 yards in Sunday's 38-6 loss to the Colts.
Analysis: Wright trailed only Christian McCaffrey for Carolina's team lead in targets, but once again could only put together a one-reception outing. Although that kind of performance has been the norm for him this season, if D.J. Moore (concussion) is unavailable in Week 17 versus the Saints, then Wright could gain a little extra value to close the campaign.
Dec 23, 2019 10:11 AM EST
Wright caught one of four targets for nine yards in Sunday's 30-24 loss to the Seahawks.
Analysis: Wright broke his brief multi-catch streak as Carolina welcomed fellow wideout Chris Hogan back into the fray. That being said, it's not like Wright, who's caught only one pass in 7 of 14 outings this season, endured a drastic drop in production Sunday. He'll remain a depth option for spare targets to close the season.
Dec 16, 2019 7:00 AM EST
Wright caught four of five targets for 30 yards in Sunday's 40-20 loss to the Falcons.
Analysis: Wright trailed only Christian McCaffrey and Ian Thomas in catches for the Panthers, and has now posted back-to-back games with at least three grabs for the first time this season.
Dec 9, 2019 7:33 AM EST
Wright caught three of five targets for 34 yards in Sunday's 29-21 loss to the Redskins.
Analysis: Wright put together one of his better statistical performances of the season, hauling in more than two passes for just the second time thus far while topping 30 yards for the first time since Week 4. Although his overall production was still pretty modest, Wright is at least trending positively ahead of Week 14's matchup versus the Falcons.
Dec 2, 2019 7:34 AM EST
Wright caught his only target for four yards in Sunday's 34-31 loss to the Saints.
Analysis: Wright also drew a significant defensive pass interference call late on, but otherwise turned in his usual performance, catching a spare target over the course of the game.
Nov 25, 2019 6:40 AM EST
Wright caught one of two targets for 19 yards in Sunday's 29-3 loss to the Falcons.
Analysis: Wright put together another one of his usual outings, as he's still only caught more than two passes just once this season. That trend continued Sunday despite the Panthers passing for 325 yards, evidencing the veteran's restricted upside.
Nov 18, 2019 6:26 AM EST
Wright caught one of three targets for six yards in Sunday's 37-26 win over the Buccaneers.
Analysis: Wright was once again sparingly used as a passing option for quarterback Kyle Allen. However, it didn't help that he dropped as perfectly thrown ball by Allen during the second half, negating what would've been a long first-down gain. As the Panthers now enter their bye, Wright ranks fifth on the team with 12 catches on his 21 targets, producing 138 yards and zero touchdowns.
Oct 14, 2019 6:20 AM EST
Wright caught one of three targets for six yards in Sunday's 34-27 win over the Jaguars.
Analysis: Wright played nearly 80 percent of Carolina's offensive snaps, but unsurprisingly saw few looks as D.J. Moore, Curtis Samuel and Christian McCaffrey combined for 23 of the team's 28 targets. Although Wright posted a season-high five catches in Week 4, his role as a complementary veteran in an offense lacking variety leaves him prone to performances like Sunday's relatively often.
Oct 7, 2019 6:18 AM EST
Wright brought in five of six targets for 59 yards in the Panthers' 16-10 win over the Texans on Sunday.
Analysis: The trusted veteran was relied on heavily by second-year quarterback Kyle Allen, checking in tops among wide receivers in receptions and receiving yards. Wright's numbers were easily season-high figures, and he appears to have solid chemistry with Allen overall after posting seven receptions (eight targets) for 97 yards across the first two games with the young signal caller under center. Wright will look to remain similarly involved against the Jaguars in Week 5.
Sep 29, 2019 1:55 PM EST
Wright caught both his targets for 38 yards in Sunday's 38-20 win over the Cardinals.
Analysis: Wright played almost half of Carolina's offensive snaps, most notably snagging a 33-yard pass on a third-quarter touchdown drive. After managing merely 29 yards through the first two weeks, the veteran got a little more going Sunday, even if his presence in the passing game remained fairly restricted behind Greg Olsen, Curtis Samuel, D.J. Moore and Christian McCaffrey.
Sep 23, 2019 9:04 AM EST
Wright caught two of six targets for 15 yards in Thursday's loss to the Buccaneers.
Analysis: Wright saw only one target in the season opener but was significantly more involved Thursday, though it didn't lead to much production. The 29-year-old played 54 of 79 offensive snaps and appears to be locked in as the team's No. 3 wide receiver, as Chris Hogan has played only eight offensive snaps through two contests.
Sep 13, 2019 8:43 AM EST
Wright caught his only target for 13 yards in Sunday's 30-27 loss to the Rams.
Analysis: Wright hauled in the only pass thrown his direction during his 40 offensive snaps. His status as the third wideout in a passing offense that also heavily features tailback Christian McCaffrey and tight end Greg Olsen shouldn't result in too many looks on a weekly basis, but Wright should certainly still see more targets than he did Sunday on most occasions going forward.
Sep 9, 2019 6:09 AM EST
Wright has not been targeted yet this preseason despite featuring in two games.
Analysis: Wright sat out Carolina's opener, and although he featured briefly in the team's last two contests, he didn't draw any looks from his quarterbacks. Nonetheless, the veteran seems primed to hold down his No. 3 receiver spot behind D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel, even though the addition of Chris Hogan gives him more competition to go along with Torrey Smith again this season.
Aug 25, 2019 11:41 AM EST
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.
Analysis: 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.
Jun 27, 2019 7:19 AM EST
Wright finished the 2018 regular season with 43 catches on 59 targets for 447 yards and a touchdown in 16 games played.
Analysis: Wright joined the Panthers in the offseason to reunite with former offensive coordinator Norv Turner. After playing under Turner in Minnesota, Wright made an easy transition to his new team, resulting in a new career high in receptions while posting his second-best marks in both targets and yards. The veteran provided a reliable depth presence and should remain in a similar role next season.
Jan 9, 2019 5:41 PM EST
Wright caught seven of eight targets for 69 yards during Sunday's 24-10 loss to the Falcons.
Analysis: 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.
Dec 23, 2018 3:52 PM EST
Wright caught three of four targets for 21 yards in Monday night's 12-9 loss to the Saints.
Analysis: 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.
Dec 18, 2018 5:40 PM EST
Wright caught three of five targets for 36 yards and rushed once for five yards in Sunday's 26-20 loss to the Browns.
Analysis: 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 average performance of late.
Dec 10, 2018 4:17 PM EST
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