Once again the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have another defensive back that may be suspended this year. It was announced earlier this week that cornerback Eric Wright tested positive for Adderall. Wright would be joining Aqib Talib, who also tested for positive and is serving the last game of his four game suspension this week.
Nothing has been made official yet, as many figure that Wright and the Buccaneers are appealing the suspension. If they could make it through this week, than the return of Talib would help aide the loss of Wright.
The problem with all of it is, that they are even in this predicament. Wright’s possible suspension wouldn’t be the first time. While at USC he was charged with possession of 136 ecstasy pills and rape. Both charges were dropped by the district attorney, but forced Wright to transfer to UNLV to finish his collegiate career.
If Wright were to miss time there would be a couple younger players that the Buccaneers would use to replace him. The first would be un-drafted rookie Leonard Johnson whom I think should get the first shot and more playing time as it is. I wrote an article earlier this week on how well he played against the Minnesota Vikings, and think he should see the field more.
The other player that could see some time is Myron Lewis. The 2010 third round pick has been walking the line of a bust. He can’t seem to stay healthy and when he does play he doesn’t play well. Reports from training camp were that he looked improved, but he needs to show it on the field.
It is also something to note that this is surprising that this is the second player this year to test positive for a performance enhancing drug. Everything we have heard from coach Greg Schiano is that he is very black and white coach. He doesn’t leave anything to be questioned, so for two players to be suspended is very odd.
For a team that is already struggling at defending the pass this couldn’t come at a worse time. Someone in the lineup needs to step up to at least start slowing down opposing receivers.