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Bucs CB Eric Wright returns, ready to take on big challenge



Eric Wright was a big part of what is, arguably, the most heralded class of free agents the Bucs have ever signed. But Wright has been an irregular attendant during the offseason, particularly during OTAs in recent weeks.

That wasn't the case today, as Wright was back for the first day of the Bucs’ mandatory minicamp, beginning the process of catching up on what he’s missed as the team continues to install its defense.

“I had a few personal issues that I had to deal with,” said Wright, who wasn't with the team for the three recent OTAs open to media. "That’s typical for the offseason. But most importantly, I’m here for minicamp and feeling good. So, I’m out here running around.”

Wright seemed to be taking a bit of a back seat in certain situations during today's practice, giving way to lesser-known players such as Anthony Gaitor and E.J. Biggers in the lineup. But the Bucs express no concern about Wright’s progress in learning the scheme.

“(He’s behind) a little bit,” coach Greg Schiano said. “But I think because of his experience, he can catch up pretty quickly.”

Said Wright: “(Coaches) do a great job explaining everything. They do a great job breaking it down. It’s very detail oriented. It’s easy being here learning and picking up on everything.”

The stakes are high for both Wright and the Bucs. Signed to a $37.5 million contract on the first day of free agency in March, Wright was part of a class of free agents – along with Carl Nicks and Vincent Jackson – who the Bucs are leaning on to help dramatically change the team’s fortunes.

Wright knows it. And he can’t wait to take on and meet the challenge.

“It’s a big responsibility,” he said. “They obviously did their due diligence and figured out what they wanted to do. They chose me and I’m appreciative of that. I’m going to go out there and work as hard as possible to make them right.”

[Last modified: Tuesday, June 12, 2012 2:17pm]


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