Wright: 'Playing all secondary positions has allowed me to grow mentally'
Eric Wright played sparingly in the final seven games of the regular season after being activated off the non-football illness list. (USATSI)
SANTA CLARA – Cornerback Eric Wright started 81 games in his first six NFL seasons, including 10 or more every year before signing with the 49ers.
He played sparingly in the final seven games of the regular season after being activated off the non-football illness list. But he’s ready for his chance on Sunday, when the 49ers open the playoffs against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.
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Wright could play almost the entire game at the nickel position with Carlos Rogers questionable and the Packers' affinity for three-receiver formations. Wright would be matched often against Green Bay slot receiver Randall Cobb.
Rogers, who has held nickel position for the past three seasons, sustained a right hamstring strain late in Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals. The 49ers have their first practice of the week on Wednesday, and it’s uncertain whether Rogers will be on the field.
Despite not participating in training camp, Wright said he has a good handle on the team’s defensive scheme and he's ready to step in wherever needed.
“I’m pretty comfortable with it and have the luxury of being able to play all types of position in this defense, whether it’s the right corner spot or the left corner spot or the nickel spot or the dime spot or the dollar spot,” Wright said.
“I’ve played pretty much all the defensive back spots other than the safety. So that’s allowed me to grow mentally a lot faster as well, just knowing everybody’s responsibility and having the ability to slide in and back up or cover for whoever goes down.”