Chicago Rush: Rodney Wright Is Emerging as the Team's New Offensive Star

Gabe SalgadoCorrespondent IIIApril 8, 2013

Rodney Wright (17) previously played for the San Jose Sabercats
Rodney Wright (17) previously played for the San Jose SabercatsMarc Serota/Getty Images

The 2013 Chicago Rush may only have a 1-2 record this year, but they have plenty of star power. One of those stars is new to the team this year, wide receiver Rodney Wright. Wright is in his eighth season in the Arena Football League, 2013 is turning out to be one of the best years of his career.

Just three games into the season, Wright already leads the team with 26 receptions and 326 receiving yards. His five touchdown catches puts him second behind longtime Rush receiver Reggie Gray. He also leads the team in the kick return category as well.

Wright has returned 10 kicks this year for 242 yards. His longest return this year was a 43-yard return in Week 2 against Spokane. Wright has become especially useful in the return game, a category in which the Rush have struggled in the last couple of seasons.

His presence has been felt in the Chicago Rush locker room, and he's on the verge of making his presence felt throughout the league. Wright was brought in during the off season, an off season which saw a lot of chaos for the Rush from the business side of things.

Wright along with Nate Forse, were brought in after Jared Perry and Terrance Turner departed during the winter months. Perry and Turner were the second and third receivers behind Reggie Gray in 2012. Losing the two of them was a significant blow to a team that already had it's fair share of problems.

Wright and Forse were brought in to fill those voids. Wright has definitely lived up to his end of the bargain thus far. This weekend the Rush welcome the Pittsburgh Power to the Allstate Arena. The Power are still looking for their first victory of 2013, winning this Sunday will be easier said than done.

Especially if Wright continues to put up the type of numbers that he's been putting up this year. Pittsburgh will have a hard enough time having to play defense against Reggie Gray. Rodney Wright will make their job that much harder this weekend.

I am really looking forward to Sunday's game, and I look forward to seeing Rodney Wright's continued success in a Rush uniform.