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Major Wright plays increasing Bucs role

Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Johnthan Banks (27) laughs with  strong safety Major Wright (31) at the end of pre game warm ups on the field before the opening kickoff taking on the Atlanta Falcons at Raymond James Stadium Sunday afternoon in Tampa (12/06/15). DIRK SHADD   |   Times

Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Johnthan Banks (27) laughs with strong safety Major Wright (31) at the end of pre game warm ups on the field before the opening kickoff taking on the Atlanta Falcons at Raymond James Stadium Sunday afternoon in Tampa (12/06/15). DIRK SHADD | Times

You might not have even noticed, but safety Major Wright has seen his playing time increase considerably in the last two games, spelling starters Chris Conte and Bradley McDougald off the bench.

Wright has been injured much of the year, missing three games with an abdominal injury and three more with a hamstring. But after totaling just six tackles in the Bucs' first 12 games, he has 12 in the last two games, including eight in Sunday's loss to the Saints.

Wright had played a total of 85 snaps in the Bucs' first 11 games, but he has played 82 in the last two, logging just one snap less than the two starters against New Orleans.

Another reason to watch him: Wright has only three touchdowns in his NFL career, but one came against the Rams and Jeff Fisher in 2012, with a 45-yard touchdown as Lovie Smith's Bears pulled out a 23-6 win.

Major Wright plays increasing Bucs role 12/16/15 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 16, 2015 3:59pm]
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