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Cardinals Add Kendall Wright To Receiving Corps

Team releases cornerback Deatrick Nichols

The Cardinals have signed wide receiver Kendall Wright, here catching a pass for the Bears last season.
The Cardinals have signed wide receiver Kendall Wright, here catching a pass for the Bears last season.

In an effort to help a passing offense -- and an offense in general -- that has struggled through five games of the season, the Cardinals signed veteran wide receiver Kendall Wright Monday to a one-year contract.

To make room on the roster, the Cards released rookie cornerback Deatrick Nichols.

"I've been in a lot of offenses so it's not hard to pick it up," Wright said. "The stuff they are running here, I've done it before."

Wright had recently visited for a workout. Wright spent the first five seasons of his career in Tennessee, posting a 94-reception, 1079-yard season in 2013. Last year he played in 16 games for the Bears, making 59 catches for 614 yards and a touchdown. In his career, he has 339 receptions for 3,858 yards and 19 touchdowns. He was with the Vikings in the preseason but was cut prior to the regular season.

He said he's been working out at a Lifetime Fitness twice a day while out of the league, catching passes from fellow free agent Landry Jones.

"It's good to be back in a facility," Wright said. "It's been real weird. It'd probably be different if I felt like I can't play the game anymore, but I know I've got a lot left and I know I can play. It was hard just watching football on Sundays. If I wasn't watching some of my friends, I didn't really care about watching."

Wright also said he doesn't have strong feelings that the Cardinals were playing the Vikings Sunday.

"I mean, if I play I'll try to kill them, but it doesn't mean that much," Wright said. "It'll be a good game, and I can help them with the DBs and safeties after spending all training camp with them."

In five games, the Cardinals have generated only 786 yards through the air. Rookie Christian Kirk is the team's leading receiver with 19 catches for 234 yards and a touchdown. Larry Fitzgerald has 17 receptions for 176 yards. Quarterback Josh Rosen was inconsistent in his second start, completing only 10 of 25 passes with many incompletions coming with open receivers that he just missed. The Cardinals also had three more drops in the game by pass catchers.

Coach Steve Wilks said the offense simply needs to find more consistency.

"It's not just one guy," Wilks said. "Everybody is taking their turn making that one mistake. ... Whether it it a drop by a receiver, a lineman not executing the block, a running back not hitting the right hole.

"We have to make sure to correct that and get consistent in what we're doing."