What’ll it be for Wallace Wright on Sunday in Cincinnati?
In this week’s installment of Special Teams Saturday, it’s time to reintroduce you to Wright, although you probably remember seeing No. 15 flash by on your TV screen a few times this season — Wright makes at least one noteworthy play a game on teams.
It’s no accident.
"I want to make a tackle every time I step on the field," the second-year man with the infectious personality told me this week. "I want to make every single tackle. Every play, that’s what I’m thinking."
He doesn’t make them all, but he makes a lot. Here is a game-by-game rundown of all the right things Wright has done on special teams this season:
Game 1 vs. New England — 1 tackle (also first pro reception for 11 yards).
Game 2 at Baltimore — 2 tackles, kickoff return for 28 yards.
Game 3 vs. Miami —1 holding penalty caused on Jason Allen.
Game 4 at Buffalo — 1 holding penalty caused on Ryan Neufeld.
Game 5 at Giants — 2 tackles, punt downed at Giants 8.
Game 6 vs. Philadelphia — 2 tackles, punt downed at Eagles 4.
Wright’s seven ST tackles are second on the Jets behind Brad Kassell’s eight. And the opponents’ average start after his 11 "defensive" plays (seven tackles, two penalties caused, two punts downed) is their
"I have that attitude that I’m not going to be beat," Wright said. "When you stop having that kind of mentality, that’s when you don’t make the play. That’s when you do get beat."
Wright’s kickoff coverage unit has made progress since yielding Ellis Hobbs’ 108-yard return on opening day. The punt coverage, with Wright as one of the gunners, remains strong (although Reno Mahe’s 32-yard return for the Eagles was the first opponent punt return of at least 20 yards in Eric Mangini’s 23 games as head coach.
The Green & White will need a little more of the Wright stuff to help them survive and thrive in "The Jungle" in a little more than 24 hours.
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