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Wright on Track for Solid Sophomore Season
Shareece Wright was mostly a bystander last season as a rookie, soaking up the NFL experience and learning the art of his craft. The team’s third-round draft choice out of USC appeared in seven games and contributed mostly on special teams, making four tackles.
While it may have been frustrating at times for the 5-foot-11, 182-pound cornerback, waiting in the wings seems to have paid dividends as the second-year player is having a strong training camp so far for the Chargers.
“Just going through last season and being at practice it really taught me a lot last year,” he said. “Going against our offense helped prepare me for what to expect out there. And the little playing time I got on special teams, it all added up. It’s all about growing up and becoming the player I know I can be. That comes with experience. Last year it was hard to adjust missing the OTA’s and such, so this year I feel more comfortable and I’m more prepared than I was last year.”
Wright continued to showcase his talents in the team’s preseason opener, making a number of big plays to contribute to the Bolts 21-13 win over the Green Bay Packers. First, he drilled return man Diondre Borel on the ensuing kickoff following an Antonio Gates TD, jolting the ball loose that was recovered by Sean Cattouse. Later, in the fourth quarter with the Chargers clinging to a 14-13 lead and Green Bay going for a two-point conversion attempt, he broke up the pass intended for Jarrett Boykin to keep San Diego ahead and help secure the victory.
“It felt real good to play the way I did,” he said. “I just want to test myself and see where I’m at and know what my limitations are. I want to see what I need to get better at, and I think I put together some good plays on film to take a look at. I have a lot of stuff to learn from. And that’s what it’s all about - learning.”
A true team player, Wright is willing to help the team in any way he can.
“I take pride in special teams,” he said proudly. “Anytime I get a chance to be on the field, I’m going to give it my all every time and do my best to help this team win. We also don’t have too many corners here, so I’ve got to stay on top of my game and keep improving. I want to be that player they drafted me to be.”
Right now it appears Wright is well on his way to being that player and much more.
Quick Hits Read
- Eric Weddle returned to practice today after missing the previous two days with a hip issue.
- Head Coach Norv Turner rested some of his vets including Malcom Floyd, Antonio Gates and Takeo Spikes,
- Le’Ron McClain laid out a monster block to spring Curtis Brinkley for a big gain.
- The Chargers practiced their hurry up offense, giving their offense team the ball with 45 seconds remaining and no timeouts needing a field goal. Both times they marched down the field and converted a pair of long Nate Kaeding field goals (50, 47).
- With Gates out, Ladarius Green had a number of catches, including a nice TD reception from Charlie Whitehurst.
- Vincent Brown had a diving touchdown catch in the left corner of the end zone on a perfectly thrown ball from Philip Rivers.
- Melvin Ingram blew up a run at the line of scrimmage during red zone drills.
- Quentin Jammer made a strong play on the ball to come up with an interception in the end zone.
- Atari Bigby laid out to poke the ball away from a seemingly open Dante Rosario at the goal line. Read
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