Wright more than just a special teamer

One of the more pleasant surprises of training camp camp has the improved wide receiver play of Wallace Wright.

Wright, a 6-1, 191 pound receiver out of North Carolina, was activated midseason in 2006 and played in six games for the Jets, recording six tackles.

With reps at wide receiver hard to come by, Wright has carved a niche for himself as a special teams cover ace.

"To be honest, I'm not a starter." Wright said. "If you are not going to start, you have to play special teams. I'm just happy to be a part of the team. That's always been my ticket anyway, so hopefully it will continue to be my ticket. I have fun doing it, I like hitting people, so that's what I do."

Wright's prowess as a special teams cover man makes him nearly impossible to cut. However, it's been his progress as a wide receiver that enhanced his status with the Jets brass even more.

Laveranues Coles and Jericho Cotchery are cemented as the two starting wide receivers. Aside from veteran Just McCareins, the third wide receiver slot is being battled for by a collection of young talent. The versatile Brad Smith has taken reps at the position throughout camp, and two of the more pleasant surprises of the summer have been the play of both Chansi Stuckey and Wright.

Wright turned a few heads when he hauled in five passes during the team's first preseason game. His game success shouldn't come as a surprise. He has looked sharp throughout training camp, running crisper routes and doing a better job of securing the ball then he did a year ago.

With a year of experience under his belt, Wright is looking to build on last season's success.

"I feel like I have a tremendous edge because I was activated last year. I know what to expect, and you just have to go out there and have fun and let it all hang out on the field."

Thus far, the added experience looks to be paying dividends.


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