Wright makes dazzling detours
With the Giants driving late in the opening half, Bucs CB Eric Wright stepped in front of an Eli Manning pass and returned to his roots.
Wright fooled the veteran quarterback by faking a blitz on third down and intercepting a delivery intended for WR Victor Cruz in the left flat at the Tampa Bay 40-yard line.
"I was actually blitzing off the edge, but I figured Manning would read out of it and throw it hot,'' said Wright, who joined the Bucs as a free agent from Detroit in March. "Instead, I jumped the pass and picked it off. Then I had to get to the house.''
Before reaching the house, Wright took a few dazzling detours. He cut back to the middle of the field and then broke back to the right sideline before completing a 60-yard return that put Tampa Bay ahead 24-13 with only eight seconds remaining in the second quarter.
"Wright was in the right coverage on that play,'' Bucs LB Lavonte David said. "And his run after the interception … that was awesome.''
Wright shrugged off his highlight-reel return. "I've played running back my whole life,'' said Wright, who ran for 1,166 yards and 17 TDs as a senior at Archbishop Riordan High in San Francisco. "I've been there before.''
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Ira Kaufman has long been both a great writer for The Tampa Tribune and friend to the Bucs UK and BUCPOWER.COM. He writes on all sports for the paper but during the NFL season offers his stories on not just the Buccaneers, but also the NFL in general.