A 2014 seventh-round draft selection, Wright earned spot on Bengals season-opening roster after strong play in training camp and preseason ... Played in 11 games before his season was cut short by a knee injury on Nov. 30 at Tampa Bay ... His first career reception, on Oct. 12 vs. Carolina, was a 24-yard catch late in overtime to put Bengals in range for game-winning FG, but the attempt was missed ... Made key plays in win at Tampa Bay before suffering injury ... Logged five special teams tackles, plus a forced fumble on punt coverage ... Made only six starts among his 50 career college games, but earned a spot on NFL draft boards with his physical potential, superior special teams play and overall contributions on offense.
Career transactions: Selected by Cincinnati in seventh round of 2014 NFL Draft (239th overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 5-21-14.
2014 highlights: Played in Games 2-12 and had five catches for 91 yards, three rushes for 30 yards, five special teams tackles and a forced fumble on special teams ... Inactive for Game 1 (concussion) and Games 13-16 (knee) ... Made NFL debut Sept. 14 vs. Atlanta, with one special teams tackle ... Had first career reception late in overtime on Oct. 12 vs. Carolina, a 24-yarder to Panthers 31, putting the Bengals in FG range ... Had an 11-yard rush on a reverse play and one special teams tackle on Nov. 2 vs. Jacksonville, and teamed with CB Dre Kirkpatrick to down a Kevin Huber punt at the Jacksonville six ... On Nov. 6 vs. Cleveland, had a 13-yard rush on a reverse play and forced a fumble by Jim Leonhard on kickoff coverage, with Bengals recovering ... Also vs. Cleveland, teamed with Dre Kirkpatrick to down a punt at the Cleveland three-yard line ... Had one catch for eight yards, converting a third-and-eight play, on Nov. 16 at New Orleans ... Prior to suffering knee injury Nov. 30 at Tampa Bay, produced his best game as a pro, leading team in receiving yards (59 on three receptions), including acrobatic 30-yard catch on third down in the fourth quarter to keep clock moving ... Also at Tampa Bay, had a 12-yard reception on third down on an eventual Bengals TD drive and had one rush for six yards.
College: Played four seasons (2010-13) at LSU, seeing action in 11 or more games each season and helping Tigers to a 44-9 record ... Totaled 25 receptions for 304 yards (12.2) ... Special teams captain as a senior, when he played in every game for 10-3 team and won team’s “Wild Tiger” trophy for accumulating team’s highest total of special teams “production points” ... Career-best receiving totals (18-for-242) as a junior ... As a sophomore, played in all 14 games for team that was unbeaten before falling to Alabama in national title game.
Personal: Hometown is Buras, La. ... Attended Belle Chasse High School, in Greater New Orleans, where he earned Class 4A All-State honors as a senior in 2009 and had 39 career TD catches. ... Business administration major at LSU, with concentration in management.
His fellow wide receivers feel good now that Marvin Jones is back after missing last season. Mohamed Sanu calls him their “spark.” And the numbers say Bengaldom should be glad he’s back. They are 7-1 when Jones scores a TD. But the biggest thing after “a lot of low points,” is that Jones thinks he’s back.
The Bengals got down to 75 players Tuesday morning when they moved three injured players off the roster, led by first-round pick Cedric Ogbuehi.
Maybe you do need a Dartmouth graduate as well as a communications major from Fresno State who leads the NFL in internships and carries a briefcase to the linebackers room to help figure out this roster cut-down business.