SANTA CLARA, CALIF. — Cornerback Shareece Wright signed with the Ravens on Monday poised to not only kickstart a career that seemingly stalled with the San Francisco 49ers through the first month of the season, but to show his former team what they were missing when they left him inactive this season and then released him.
Instead, his debut places him squarely in line with so many other members of the Ravens beleaguered secondary: he was beaten for big plays, caught out of position, struck down by awful luck and left hanging his head after the game.
"I'm part of this defense and I gave up a big play," Wright said. "I know that's on me. I'll take ownership on that on my behalf. I can't allow that to happen.
"It was a quick week, but I've got to be ready. It was long hours and a fast turnaround for me. But that's part of this process. When you're coming into a team at this part of the season and you're expecting a big role, I didn't get it done."
Wright, who came in as the third cornerback early in the game and eventually seemed to overtake veteran Kyle Arrington as the every-down cornerback, was beaten on both of 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's touchdown passes.
On the first, former Ravens receiver Torrey Smith burned his old squad with a move they knew well. Wright, covering Smith alone on the right sideline, was beat by a double-move for a 76-yard touchdown that threatened to turn the game into a rout early in the second quarter.
On the second, which came in the fourth quarter, Wright was chasing receiver Quinton Patton around the red zone when Patton broke outside. When Patton made his second move, Wright tripped over his feet and fell backward. Patton was open in the end-zone for a 21-yard touchdown.
The 49ers knew Wright well, and took advantage of him. The sequence left coach John Harbaugh at a loss.
"I don't care if you've been here for four days, you put your eyes in coverage in the right spot," Harbaugh said. "It's that simple.
"I mean, you put your eyes where they're supposed to be in man coverage. It's as simple as that. You've got to do that or you can't play. It's simple. You've got to play with discipline on the back end."
Wright and the rest of the secondary allowed Kaepernick to pass for a career-high 225 yards in the first half, and saw the maligned San Francisco quarterback finish with 340 yards on 16 completions.
"The yards put on us, they're big plays," cornerback Jimmy Smith said. "They're not just going down dinking and dunking, they're huge plays. They're getting 60 yards on a tight end delay comeback. It's things like that and it's very frustrating because you watch the game and it doesn't tell the same story. There's no excuse for us as a secondary. Every single play, we have to be perfect to win these games. That's apparent."
Tucker laments another miss
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After Ravens kicker Justin Tucker slammed a 45-yard field goal off the right upright in the fourth quarter, he and punter Sam Koch peeled up a piece of turf that gave out under his plant foot.
Tucker shot down the notion that the field had anything to do with his third miss of the season.
"It doesn't matter," Tucker said. "It doesn't matter. It's no excuse. That's a turning point in the game and I've got to be able to find a way to put the ball through those posts. It's up to nobody but me to do it. It's disappointing, but like we've said before, we'll bounce back. We'll bounce back real quick, because that's how we do it."
Wide receiver Chris Givens had two catches for 18 yards, his first contribution as a Raven after debuting last week. … Ten Ravens players caught passes in the loss. ... Guard Marshal Yanda declined to talk about his contract extension signed Friday, instead deferring comment until later in the week. "All I'm thinking about is that we lost. It's tough. We're all disappointed, and that's it."