As Harvin has been sidelined, Wright has assumed his role in the offense and he believes he is making the impression he wanted to earlier, but didn't have the chance until now. Earning the confidence of the coaching staff has been critical to his ascent into the lineup.
"Hopefully the coaching staff is getting the confidence in me to use me more," Wright said. "I'm one of those players who likes getting the ball in my hands. Any opportunities I get to have the ball in my hands and make plays, I'm looking to take advantage of those opportunities."
As with many rookies, the adjustment to the NFL is more difficult than most imagined. Wright is no exception. It's hard for him to look back at training camp and the progression he has made since then. He thought he knew a lot about football coming into the league, but the last six months have been a valuable learning lesson.
Part of Wright's maturation as a player has come from the player he has replaced the last two games – Harvin. He has served as a teammate, a mentor and a friend, which has been valuable in helping make Wright a valued member of the Vikings offense who has been invaluable during Harvin's absence.
There was some speculation that Wright had been inactive the first nine games of the season because he was having a problem grasping the offense. Wright disputed that claim, saying it wasn't learning the offense that was the problem, it was consistency. It frustrated him, but, in the end, he believes it has made him a better player as a result.
"I didn't have a problem with the learning curve you have in the NFL," Wright said. "I learned everything. It was just a matter of execution every day and showing the consistency the coaching staff is looking for. Coming from college, it's not that consistency wasn't important, but it's different here. It's your job now and you are expected to execute every day and play at a high level, whether it's in a game or in a practice. This is 100 percent important in your day-to-day life. Learning the offense is one thing, executing it is another. I think I'm getting to that point."
Wright has found himself a fan in his corner the last few weeks – quarterback Christian Ponder. After the Detroit game, Ponder praised Wright and said his days of being inactive were likely over. That hasn't changed since, because Ponder views Wright as another weapon, in addition to Harvin, at the disposal of the quarterback and offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave.
"We want him on the field," Ponder said. "He's a very versatile player. Coach Musgrave will figure out a way to have them both on the field and get them both the ball in their hands. It's awesome to think about having those two guys on the field at the same time. We'll see what happens."
With Harvin out, Wright is essentially taking his place in the offense. When Harvin returns, Wright isn't sure where he will be used, but added that he wants to contribute to the offense and feels he has a lot to offer.
Wright has shown his value over the last two games and will likely be asked to do more this week against the Packers. With Harvin far from 100 percent, and his status for Sunday's game up in the air, Wright will be asked to shoulder more of the load. But he believes that when Harvin comes back he will still have a role in the offense.
"I don't buy into that thinking that Percy and I do the same things," Wright said. "When it comes to wide receivers, you're looking for guys who can make plays. Everyone knows what Percy can do. He's proven that. I'm trying to show what I can do, and the way I look at it the more playmakers you have on offense, the more explosive you can be. I think both Percy and I can make plays and help the Vikings win. At the end of the day, that's what you're looking for."
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this story on our subscriber message board.