Each Wednesday, we'll highlight a Browns player, coach, executive, personnel group or other area of the team that is most under scrutiny. This week, we take a closer look at Browns CB Eric Wright.
It has been a disappointing season for Eric Wright, who had the primary coverage on Jets WR Santonio Holmes on Holmes' 37-yard game-winning TD vs. Cleveland on Sunday. Wright readily admits it hasn't been the season he had hoped it would have been.
"I think I obviously haven't had the year that I expected to have," Wright said Wednesday, according to the team. "After going through the whole (2009) season pretty much playing press-man with no help and giving up limited production, I think I gave up maybe two touchdowns last year as well as limited production. To have a year like that and to come back and obviously give up a lot more production this early in the year, for me personally it has been disappointing."
The problems for Wright, a fourth-year pro from UNLV, began when he surrendered three TD catches to Ravens WR Anquan Boldin in a loss in Week Three. The next week, he further struggled in coverage in a win vs. Cincinnati. Two weeks after that, he missed a tackle on Steelers WR Hines Ward that led to a touchdown. And in the final play of the Jets game, not only did Wright allow the completion, but he was one of three Browns defenders who couldn't bring down Holmes.
On Wednesday, Wright said that he didn't believe that he was having a "streak" of bad games. Said Wright: "I feel like throughout the nine games, I've had more better games than bad games. Obviously, when you have certain big plays, which you will have playing cornerback, it's going to be looked at a different way."
Wright's attitude can only help him rebound; he has been accountable, and he has vowed to continue working hard. Now, it's up to him to see if he can recapture his form of a season ago. With his contract up at season's end, and with rookie Joe Haden figuring to be a starter sooner than later, Wright's play in the final seven games is something to watch.