BY SCOTT FOWLER
May 01, 2018 12:14 PM
Updated May 01, 2018 08:56 PM
New Carolina Panthers wide receiver Jarius Wright is many things. Son of an Arkansas state trooper and a schoolteacher. Father to a 9-year-old daughter. A fast, 28-year-old NFL veteran who says not only has he not lost a step but that he has “probably gotten more explosive” over the years.
Most importantly for the Panthers’ purposes, though, is this nugget: “I feel I could teach Norv Turner’s offense to a baby,” Wright says.
Wright says this as we are speaking on the phone shortly after he has finished a Panthers workout. He doesn’t sound boastful — more matter-of-fact.
Wright spent 2 ½ years in Turner’s offense at Minnesota — a time that coincided with the best seasons of Wright’s career. It is no coincidence that Carolina has now brought Wright in to compete for the slot receiver job. Not only does he know the language of Turner’s offense himself, but he will also be valuable teaching it to young players such as Curtis Samuel, Damiere Byrd and first-round draft pick D.J. Moore.
“I know every aspect of it,” Wright says of Turner’s offense. “I know how he wants everything run. If Norv forgets something, he can just come ask me.”
Turner was brought in to revive a stagnant Panthers offense that has finished 19th in total yardage each of the past two seasons under former offensive coordinator Mike Shula, who was fired. Turner’s most important job is to get quarterback Cam Newton playing well, and that goes hand in hand with giving Newton enough targets to allow him to throw the ball more quickly and confidently.
Wright is only one of several new pieces in that equation — the Panthers also…….
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