Each Wednesday throughout the season we'll identify one player, coach or area of the Browns that is most under the microscope. This week, CB Eric Wright is the choice.
Three times last Sunday, Browns CB Eric Wright was beaten by Ravens WR Anquan Boldin for touchdowns in a 24-17 loss at Baltimore. Afterwards, Wright took responsibility for his poor play.
On Monday, Wright got the backing of head coach Eric Mangini, who said he would keep his starting job.
"I can tell you this, that Eric Wright has played a lot of good football for us, all throughout last year matching up against best receivers and doing an outstanding job," Mangini said, according to the team. "I know how important it is for him to be right and how important it is for him to play up to his expectations and our expectations, and he's done that on a very consistent basis. He was disappointed and my expectation is he'll play a lot better next week."
Also on Monday, Sheldon Brown, the Browns' other starting cornerback, praised Wright's approach to the game. "He works hard, he does all the little things, we know he's prepared," Brown said, according to The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer.
Nevertheless, Wright enters this game under close scrutiny. The Bengals have a talented WR corps, and another tough outing from Wright would increase the calls for Mangini to move him into a lesser role. That said, with 48 starts to his credit, and with a good attitude about happened at Baltimore, it will not be a surprise if Wright's play improves this week.