Ravens' Wright is rounding into form

OWINGS MILLS – When the starting quarterback keeps throwing interceptions and missing reads, his backup instantly becomes the most popular man in town. In the case of the Baltimore Ravens, starter Kyle Boller's stumbles have coincided with solid outings by backup Anthony Wright.

Although Wright is still demonstrating some signs of rust as he works his way back from missing all of last season with a torn labrum that required surgery, his game appears to be rounding into form.

Wright completed 14 of 23 passes for 140 yards in a 20-14 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles last weekend, throwing no interceptions and leading Baltimore on one scoring drive. It's unclear, though if Wright will receive any work with the first offense this preseason as Boller needs as many snaps as he can get right now.

"Kyle is the No. 1 and right now I'm the No. 2, so I'm just going about my job and let everything else take care of itself," said Wright, who led the Ravens to an AFC North title in 2003 when he went 5-2 as a starter.

Inserting Wright if Boller continues to struggle is rapidly becoming a popular notion amongst the fan base, particularly in the forums of talk radio and message boards.

Wright did nothing to ignite any quarterback controversy.

"I don't really feed into it," Wright said. "I just try to go about my business and the things I've been doing to get to this point."

Through two preseason games, Wright has completed 18 of 38 passes for 190 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions for a 62.4 quarterback rating. His pass protection was horrendous in a 4-for-15 outing against the Atlanta Falcons, his first game since a playoff loss to the Tennessee Titans in January of 2004.

Wright is the only Ravens quarterback that hasn't thrown an interception or fumbled in the preseason.

"I think that the more I play, the more comfortable I get with the offense again," Wright said. "I hadn't played in a long time. I'm still rusty in spots."

In particular, Wright said his depth perception is an issue. During a 14-play, 66-yard drive against the Eagles, Wright ended the game with four consecutive incompletions as he sailed passes over his intended targets.

"I just have to continue to work on my depth perception from the end zone compared to the fans and stands," Wright said. "I need to get acclimated to that again."

In addition to being a long time contributor to RavensInsider, Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times in Westminster Maryland.

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