Ravens cornerback Shareece Wright made an inauspicious debut for the Ravens in Week 6 against the San Francisco 49ers, allowing two touchdowns in a 25-20 loss and hardly appearing to be a solution to what's been a cursed spot in the secondary over the last few years.
But Wright, quietly, has settled in well since, with his performance against the Cleveland Browns as the nickel cornerback showing the improvement he's made after that tumultuous first week.
"It was a tough week for him, but I think since that time he's really dug into the playbook, bought into everything," defensive coordinator Dean Pees said. "He plays with good technique, good eyes, and he's been a pleasant surprise. I think he's doing well."
Pees said Wright, who was signed by the Ravens six days before the 49ers game and ultimately played 46 of 59 snaps in his Ravens debut, had a trying week of travel and was simply in a difficult situation in that game. He allowed a 76-yard touchdown reception to 49ers wide receiver Torrey Smith, then a 21-yard score by Quinton Patton in the fourth quarter.
He has since become the team's third cornerback, playing on the outside opposite his high school friend Jimmy Smith while Lardarius Webb patrols the middle of the field as the nickel cornerback. He has played 60 percent of the Ravens' defensive snaps since then.
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"I'm just staying focused, staying locked in and just focusing on getting better as a player," Wright said. "I'm just trying to keep making plays for this team."
Monday's 33-27 win over the Cleveland Browns was his best game to date. Wright broke up two passes, and had five tackles, including one tackle for loss. In six games, Wright has 16 tackles and three pass defenses.
More importantly, he assumed a position of great turnover in the Ravens' secondary and made it his own. Veteran free agent signing Kyle Arrington began as the third cornerback, then Rashaan Melvin (released) and Will Davis (torn ACL) each had spells as the team's third cornerback before Wright arrived.
"To me, Shareece has been playing good ever since he got here," cornerback Lardarius Webb said. "His first game playing, he gave up a deep ball or something. I mean, it happens to corners, but you can't kind of describe him because he gave up one deep ball. I think all of us, at one point in time, gave up a deep ball this year. So, to me, he's playing awesome. We needed that third corner to come in that can play some coverage, a guy that can play some man-to-man, and he's been doing an awesome job at it."
Baltimore Sun reporter Jeff Zrebiec contributed to this story.