One of the many new starters for the San Diego Chargers will be cornerback Shareece Wright. The third-year pro has loads of potential and has shown flashes of brilliance, but he’s still nearly a complete unknown as of now.
Heading into his third season in the league, Wright has appeared in just 17 games, starting none, and has only made 21 career tackles and broken up two passes. Last season, Wright was supposed to receive a lot of playing time, having won the nickel corner job over Marcus Gilchrist with an excellent preseason. However, Wright injured his ankle on the opening kickoff of the season and would go on to see just 120 snaps all year.
Despite the inexperience, the Chargers have confidence that Wright will be ready. The Bolts allowed both starters from a season ago, Quentin Jammer and Antoine Cason, to leave in free agency and only brought in Derek Cox to fill one starting spot. With Gilchrist shifting over to strong safety, Wright will be handed the starting gig. If he were to struggle, however, the Bolts don’t have much behind him with only rookie fifth-round pick Steve Williams and third-year Johnny Patrick, who was already cut by the New Orleans Saints, as viable options.
Though he’s barely seen the field, Wright has spent his time learning from Jammer, which should help prepare him to succeed in his first year as a starter.
“Oh it definitely helped,” Wright said. “At this point I have no excuse not to be successful. I’ve learned a lot for two years from some great vets, and I followed in their footsteps. Right now I’m confident and way more comfortable than I’ve ever been.”
His play could resemble a young Jammer, as Wright is aggressive, physical and should be able to disrupt receivers at the line of scrimmage. He also has fluid movement skills and speed to mirror receivers.
Considering how poor the cornerback play has been the last two seasons, the combination of Cox and Wright at corner will provide a fresh start. Wright has all the tools to be successful and has developed mentally over the last two years, but only time on the field will tell if Wright ends up reaching his potential.