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Sun., Jul. 19, 2015 7:30 AM PDT
Shareece Wright "Ready to be a Leader"
When Shareece Wright looks back at his first season as a starter last year he sees a mixed bag. There is plenty he likes, but he can’t help shaking the feeling that he could have made even more plays. That is one of the driving factors feeding his insatiable desire to improve heading into the 2014 season.
The 5-11, 182-pound corner entered 2013 having appeared in just 17 games, recording 14 tackles and one pass defensed in limited playing time. Given the chance to start, Wright led the team with 13 passes defensed in 14 regular season games. He also notched 57 tackles, one interception and one tackle for loss. In two postseason contests he led the way with five passes broken up along with 10 tackles, one interception and one quarterback hit.
There were stretches when Wright was a dominant force, particularly over a five day span against the New York Giants and Denver Broncos’ high-flying offenses. He shut down Victor Cruz, notched a team-high three passes defensed and secured his first interception picking off Eli Manning to ice the game. Then on Thursday Night Football, he had two important passes defensed on third down and limited Peyton Manning with his blanket coverage on Demaryius Thomas. Wright also came up big in the first postseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals, shutting down A.J. Green and grabbing a clutch interception in the third quarter off Andy Dalton.
While he knows he has a lot of room for improvement, these stretches only reinforced Wright’s confidence in his own ability.
This offseason has also been a memorable one for Wright. Exactly one week after the Chargers season ended he became a father for the first time, an event he says inspires him even more. Already a hard worker, Wright says he’s put in more hours than ever this offseason focused on elevating his game to the next level.
“I’ve been working hard nonstop,” he said. “It’s all about getting better. I have to get better and be even more productive than I was last year. I have no excuses. I have to learn from any mistake I made to become a complete player.”
Not only is Wright concentrating on being a more consistent force on the field, he is determined to add some leadership to his role entering 2014.
“I feel like I’m in the right position to be a leader,” he said. “I’m ready to step up and take on that position. I’ve been here long enough that I’m ready to be a leader on this team and on this defense. Last year was my first year really playing, but this will be my fourth year with the Chargers. So I am feeling more like a leader. I feel more comfortable taking on that role.”