Wright starts making an impact for Buccaneers
Cornerback Eric Wright's reputation is based largely on his ability as a cover man on the outside and in the slot. But on the second defensive series of Friday's night 30-7 preseason loss to the Titans, Wright showed something else he hopes people remember.
Wright darted into the backfield to drop RB Chris Johnson for a loss of 2 yards, providing more evidence of a total package. On a night tackling was a major concern for the Bucs, Wright recorded three stops in 1 ½ quarters.
"It was just a typical run play," Wright said of the Johnson tackle. "I was just able to read my keys and get in there and make the tackle for loss. I was playing corner, and they had a tight formation. I was real close to the line of scrimmage, so I was able to beat some blockers and get to the running back."
With the Lions last season, Wright was the team's third-leading tackler with 74 total. Equally notable: 67 of those were solo stops.
"I've always recorded a lot of tackles," Wright said. "It's just something that's a part of the position and it's a part of the game, whether you like it or not. You have to do it. Personally, I take pride in it, and I want to be as well rounded as possible — play inside, outside, in run support, whatever the team needs me to do."
With coach Greg Schiano's emphasis on aggressive defense, Wright's efforts will be unnoticed. In practices he has been featured on occasional corner blitzes, in some cases getting to the quarterback unimpeded. Wright is expected to take plenty of snaps in the slot, too, meaning he'll see action in the running game.
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Stephen F Holder has been writing additional Buccaneer features and daily blog reports on the team for several seasons now for The Tampa Bay Times.