He succeeded, earning the nickel back role heading into the season. But all of that diminished after injuring his foot on the opening kickoff against the Oakland Raiders, forcing him to miss the first seven games of the year. Wright admits the misfortune hindered him once he returned.
“It was a major setback, there’s no doubt about it,” he said. “It was adversity I had to overcome. It was a long recovery having an ankle sprain and turf toe. But I’m passed that.”
When the offseason came, the Chargers had major decisions to make regarding the secondary. They decided not to bring back either starting corner from last year, and while they brought in
“It said a lot to me that they feel that way about me, and it helps me have confidence in myself,” he said. “As a corner you need to play with confidence. It’s important for this position. Being here for three years, I feel more comfortable with where I’m at. Confidence is everything I feel like. If you don’t have that, you don’t really have anything.”
That confidence Wright speaks of is what has impressed his bookend corner Cox the most. He’s been impressed by what the third-year pro out of USC has done on the field, and feels as though he and Wright will form a dominant tandem this season.
“What I like about Shareece right off the bat is his confidence,” Cox said. “Stepping into a role as a starter can be one that catches guys off guard. But I think Shareece is extremely confident and assertive. That makes me excited and gives me the confidence that we will be a successful pairing. We’re going to get the job done. We’re going to work hard, compete every day, stay in our playbooks, stay positive and optimistic about our abilities and take what comes.”
While it’s still very early in training camp, Wright has made an impression. But for him, he’s simply happy to be healthy and given the opportunity to make a big impact in 2013.
“It’s good to be back,” he said. “But I am really just focused on trying to get better and reward the team’s confidence in me. I want to give my team what they expect out of me and that’s being the best corner I can be. That my team believes in me gives me a responsibility and keeps me on top of my game. I know I don’t have any room for error and I can’t slack. I need to be the guy the team needs me to be, and who I expect to be.”
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