There isn’t a lot of experience to be found in the Buffalo Bills’ secondary. Many of the team’s cornerbacks and safeties are on their first NFL contract, with a couple having joined the team after their first taste of free agency this year. The most experienced player of the bunch is entering his seventh season and joining his third NFL team. Does he have a chance to make an impact, or will he miss the roster entirely?
Name: Shareece Wright
Height/Weight: 5’11”, 184 lbs.
Draft: Round 3, Pick 89 by the San Diego Chargers (2011)
Financial Situation (per Spotrac): Wright is playing on a one-year deal that will pay him $775,000. The contract is not guaranteed.
2016 Recap: Wright played in 12 games for the Baltimore Ravens last year, starting nine. While he didn’t record an interception (his lone interception in 67 career games came back in 2013), he did recover a fumble while making 50 tackles. Eleven of those came during the Ravens’ season-opening 13-7 win over the Bills.
Positional Outlook: The top four cornerbacks on the depth chart seem set right now, but there’s room for Wright to move ahead of Leonard Johnson and/or Kevon Seymour with a strong August (and a poor one from either of those two). Even if the Bills only keep five corners, it would take an unexpectedly strong showing from someone lower on the depth chart to supplant Wright.
2017 Offseason: Wright was cut loose by the Ravens just prior to the start of free agency in March, and signed on with the Bills a couple months later. By far, the most notable thing Wright has done was call for an extremely long and expensive Uber ride for a minicamp session. As far as his work on the field, he really hasn’t stood out one way or the other just yet.
2017 Season Outlook: While it wouldn’t be a jaw-dropping shock to see Wright miss the 53, I have every expectation that he’ll be the team’s fifth or sixth cornerback to open the season. He’s experienced enough to move up the depth chart, so it’ll be interesting to see how his playing time develops as the preseason games begin.