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Bucs CB Eric Wright settling in, looking good



It’s been a rocky first few months for Bucs cornerback Eric Wright since the signing of his 5-year, $37 million contract in March.

But Wright appears to be doing better, both physically and in terms of his comfort level in the Bucs’ defense.

First, he was slowed by an undisclosed illness that prevented him from participating in numerous offseason workouts. Wright says that issue, which remains undisclosed, is behind him.

He also was able to close the book last month on his DUI arrest in Los Angeles, with prosecutors electing not to pursue the charge.

And now, after a sore back limited his effectiveness during the first week of camp, Wright is looking better than he has at any time since joining the Bucs.

“This is what camp’s about, trying to get better every day,” he said. “I’m a veteran. I kind of know how the gauge camp a little bit. I’ve been working on a few things and trying to get my feet up underneath me, trying to get the hang of it.

“It’s all coming together. Everybody’s working hard. We’ve put a lot of hours in here. I’m definitely studying to make sure I know this defense in and out.”

That showed today when Wright went toe-to-toe with Vincent Jackson, holding his own.

After changing teams twice in three years, Wright would like to be in the Tampa for the long haul. That’s something he has to earn, he said.

“I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity, so I’m going to treat it as such,” Wright said. “I’m going to go out here and work hard and work through injuries. That’s the name of the game we play and love. That’s a responsibility that I have to this team.”

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 7, 2012 3:40pm]


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