San Diego Chargers: Will Shareece Wright start in 2013?

Shareece Wright San Diego Chargers

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The San Diego Chargers chose Shareece Wright in round three of the 2011 NFL Draft. Wright will have an opportunity to start this season alongside former Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Derek Cox.

According to Michael Gehlken of utsandiego.com, “Wright gets another chance now, taking first-team reps throughout offseason workouts while expected to serve as the Chargers’ starting right cornerback.”

Chargers head coach Mike McCoy said, “It’s a great opportunity for him to be where he’s at right now. He’s making the most of every rep he gets. Opportunities like this don’t come around very often.”

In his last season with the USC Trojans, Wright had 45 tackles including five for a loss-of-yards, six pass deflections and 2.5 sacks. Wright missed six games in 2012 due to a high ankle sprain and a turf toe injury he suffered against the Oakland Raiders in a week-one victory for the Lightning Bolts.

Wright would be the replacement for Antoine Cason who started for San Diego from 2010-2012 before leaving as a free agent this year. San Diego allowed 6.9 yards per pass attempt last season which ranked 12th in fewest yards per pass attempt allowed so Wright could be a key contributor to build on this in 2013.

In 10 games, Wright had 10 tackles, two pass deflections and a forced fumble last season, but it looks as though he will have a much bigger role heading into the 2013 season.

Marcus Gilchrist was San Diego’s second round pick in 2011 and made seven starts over two seasons, but he is expected to start at strong safety, which opened up the door for Wright to start at CB in 2013.

The 26-year-old Wright said that he feels like this is the right time for him and San Diego’s coaches also have high expectations for the third-year CB.


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