Wright Says He’s “Pretty Exceptional”

June 1st, 2013

Steve Smith, Eric WrightBuccaneer Man Eric Wright thinks his greatness is like a spring tulip ready to bloom.

That’s the gist of what he told the Custodian of Canton, Tampa Tribune NFL writer eye-RAH! Kaufman, at Bucs practice Wednesday.

“I feel like I’m a pretty exceptional player,” said Wright, a second-round pick by the Browns in 2007. “The world has yet to see that in its entirety. I need to do everything I can to make this team win.”

Joe’s rooting for the letdown cornerback. Make no mistake about that. But Joe remains perplexed that the New Schiano Order gave Wright another chance after he was fingered by the NFL as a substance abuser, Twittered about spa days while the Bucs were preparing for a road game in New Orleans, and had trouble staying healthy with a bum Achilles and other ailments.

One can only assume Greg Schiano and rockstar general manager Mark Dominik believed Wright was better than the free agent cornerbacks on the market in March.

Wright very well may be better, but, to use Wright’s words, “The world has yet to see that in its entirety.”

Hopefully, Darrelle Revis will be back healthy for Week 1 and rookie Johnthan Banks is a mature SEC product (he turns 24 in October) out of the gate. If those guys are playing good ball, the Bucs won’t be forced hang too much of their hopes and dreams on Wright.

23 Responses to “Wright Says He’s “Pretty Exceptional””

  1. Andrew 1 Says:

    “Twittered about spa days while the Bucs were preparing for a road game in New Orleans”

    I think thats what draws the ire from bucs fans the most. its not only that fact that he got busted, he just gave us all the impression that he didnt really care.

  2. tampabaybucfan Says:

    Its all about value…..we get a pretty good corner for 1.5 mil…..he is in a spot where he has to prove himself. I expect him to pick up his game considerably.
    Not to worry….we always have Myron waiting in the wings!!!

  3. Vic66 Says:

    Two points:
    1.- The aderal twin has a lot to prove. First he is a loyal Buc and also he is ready to play some serious football. He has proven thus far he is a follower and not a leader. Just hope Revis will have a good effect on him and he can get his football career back on track(for his families sake).
    2.- As for Kaufman, untill he is man enough to publicly apologize to Schiano I don’t believe he deserves to be privileged to attend the Buc’s facilities. He does not have the Buc’s interests at heart.

  4. 91b94u54c50s59 Says:

    Revis, Banks, LJ, Wright sound like a good depth chart/dime package? It does to me. Baltimore won a superbowl with Cary Williams at corner.

  5. Vic66 Says:

    Sorry I believe I got Kaufman and Cummings mixed up.

  6. RastaMon Says:

    hopefully he can come up with an appropriate analogy for the fall months..

  7. Illuminati Says:

    Wright is now a reclamation project, and he knows it. He blew a $35 million contract, and then had to re-sign to a one-year, $1.5 million deal ($3 million if a lot of incentives are met).

    He’s a serviceable corner in his prime, believes he has more to offer than he has shown thus far, and knows his career might come down to how he performs this year. It’s a low-risk deal for the Bucs.

  8. ShayneGoodfellow Says:

    Banks is a BALLHAWK, but it does scare me that he really lacks strength.. 10 bench reps of 225

  9. TimBucTwo@OneBucPalace Says:


    Why? How much does a football weigh? 🙂

  10. Illuminati Says:

    @ ShayneGoodfellow

    I don’t think that’s what they mean when they say he’s a good “press corner.”

  11. BigMacAttack Says:

    Until Wright came to the Bucs, I had no idea who he was or where he came from. I’ve never seen a play of his in any other uniform, and he sure didn’t get much publicity nationally. He made a few plays early in the season, but that was it. If he is 100% healthy maybe he can shut em down. The Bucs obviously saw something in his play. If he balls out this year it’s a total windfall for the Bucs. The season is almost here, couple months to go.

  12. MadMax Says:

    Just prove it Wright!! Im pulling for you….(but dont blow it please)

  13. ShayneGoodfellow Says:


    haha! but still dude, you are still expected to be able to tackle well if your a CB. I’m not saying he’s going to be a bust or a bad CB cause of a bad bench press, but it still scares me. Guy needs to add more strength.

  14. Bobby Says:

    Dude…Revis doesn’t look to me like he can bench press 200 one time but he can obviously play football. Quit worrying so much about something that means pretty much nothing when it comes to DB’s. Tackling is technique, not strength. Speed and athleticism is what matters with a CB. They’re not trying to fight through double teams or hold off a pass rush. They are strong enough or they wouldn’t have gotten drafted.

  15. Joc Says:

    The guy is a idiot and if u judge him on his play he at best has been below average. We so over payed for him last year. I bet anything he gets cut before the season. He just has dodgy DNA

  16. Mr.Wright Says:

    These E.Wright “hate” articles are pathetic. Freakin Bloggers!

  17. TimBucTwo@OneBucPalace Says:

    Let’s see if this year Eric can make us forget about 2012.

  18. Andrew 1 Says:

    to be honest I dont have high hopes for Banks. Ive seen enough ugly film of him that far outweighs any good film that he has. he has a tendency to get burned much in the way our favorite corner to hate, Myron Lewis, does. dont get me wrong though, I am rooting for him and hope he proves me wrong.

  19. Capt. Tim Says:

    The lions constantly got blazed- waiting on that lil tulip to “bloom”. He’s bad. He’s always been bad in the NFL. Dom sees talent- but the guy has never shown any on the field. And doing drugs , with 33 million to lose- means he’s a “blooming” idiot.

    If we have to depend on Eric Wright- plan on another losing season.

    Thankfully- I don’t think we will see him on the field much this year. Very soon he’ll be helping Stylez White at that hotel for $9 an hour.

    I hope he does ( finally!!) live up to his talent, but he’s a fool a bet to do so- after all these years and chances.

  20. PRBucFan Says:

    @Mr. Wright

    Unfortunately, Wright is a favored target around these here parts.. lol 🙁

  21. KWBucFan Says:

    @Andrew 1

    Banks won the Thorpe award, you know best DB in the nation. IJS

  22. Capt. Tim Says:

    Especially by QBs- and Cleveland-and Detoit!

    I really hope the guy becomes the star he should be.

    Just hasn’t shown any commit or maturity so far!

    Pissing away 33 million isn’t the sign of a great proffesional at work! It’s something a dumb teenager would do.

  23. 76buc76 Says:

    Capt…he alway’s has been bad in the NFL? Please as a rookie he looked like the next superstar corner. I’m wwwway more worried about Bank’s and I don’t care about his bench press. He lack of speed is the main concern. Wright will have a huge year. Remember if the ref’s didn’t blow that Romo fumble down. Wright would have had 2 def TD’s thru week 3 of the season. Ya the guy has squandered his talent’s. But he’s at a do or die point of his life. He’s approching 30 and is a father now. Nobody in the buc’s lineup has more to play for than Eric Wright.