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James Wright turning heads at Bengals training camp

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The former Tiger played a pivotal role on special teams while helping LSU ranked among the best nationally in net punting.

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It's rare you players drafted solely on their special teams impact. Though James Wright appeared to have been drafted by Cincinnati for just that, it's his receiving skills that have turned heads in training camp.

Selected by the Bengals in the seventh-round of the 2014 NFL Draft, Wright was a noted special-teams ace at LSU, but "never more than third or fourth option on offense" during his college career, posting 25 receptions and no touchdowns during his final season.

That said, ESPN's coley Harvey has been very high on Wright since OTAs, so much so that he believes Wright will be on the final 53-man roster:

Harvey also had this to offer on Wright after the first day of Bengals camp:

Wright seemed to catch his share of attention from the coaches. His cuts looked crisp, and his moves in single coverage drew regular praise from Jackson. If there's a first-year player on offense to watch during training camp, it could be him. The Bengals already are loaded at receiver, but the seventh-round pick stands a good chance to shake up the lower reaches of the depth chart.

The former Tiger played a pivotal role on special teams while helping LSU ranked among the best nationally in net punting because of his punt coverage ability. However,  wide receivers coach James Urban told Wright after the Bengals drafted him that improving his receiving skills would be crucial to earning a spot on the roster.

"That day I talked to him and said, 'Look, I know what you can do on special teams, now you've got to play wide receiver,'" Urban said. "He's embraced it, he's worked his tail off and he's given us [a lot]. I mean, he's a very intense young man. He wants to prove this organization and [team president] Mr. [Mike] Brown right in selecting him."