At the end of the San Francisco 49ers-Seattle Seahawks Week 14 game, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson threw a Hail Mary pass which was intercepted by 49ers cornerback Eric Wright to seal a 19-17 49ers win. While the fact that he made the interception put his name in the spotlight for a few minutes, what might get lost is that since he was activated from the reserved/non-football injured (NFI) list he has been a solid contributor to the 49ers defense as the fourth cornerback.
Against the Seahawks, Wright did a fine job of covering his position as Russell Wilson targeted receivers on several occasions going up against Wright and Wright held his ground. The fact that Wright has played as well as he had given no one was sure how much he could or would be able to contribute before the start of the 2013 season has been a pleasant surprise.
Before the start of the season, one of the question marks that the 49ers had was who would make up the depth chart at the cornerback position with Carlos Rogers and Tarrell Brown the certain inclusions. After those two, incumbents Tramaine Brock, Chris Culliver who later tore his ACL in training camp, and free agent Nnamdi Asomugha were battling with Wright for the third and fourth cornerback positions.
Wright was placed on the NFI list to begin the season due to a pending legal issue that was a large part of why he was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers — the team the 49ers will play this upcoming Sunday. But once he was ready to be activated, Wright found himself in a position to serve as the fourth cornerback as Asomugha’s poor play and injury saw him released. While he had spot duty in his first couple games of being activated, Wright has now established himself as a regular on nickel and dime packages for the 49ers and has responded by playing well. While he began the season with much uncertainty, Eric Wright has come in at an important time and provided the 49ers with reliable play at the cornerback position.