Cleveland Browns CB Eric Wright Salutes One Of Bleacher Report's Own

Daniel WolfSenior Writer IAugust 6, 2010

CLEVELAND - JANUARY 03:  Eric Wright #24 of the Cleveland Browns celebrates with Kamerion Wimbley #95 after an interception against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Cleveland Browns Stadium on January 3, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Cleveland Browns starting cornerback Eric Wright is one of the top up-and-coming young corners in the NFL, and even though he is in the last year of his contract in Cleveland, look for big things out of him in 2010 in order to get a long-term deal with the Browns after the season.

Very few here on Bleacher Report (B/R) know a little secret about NFL Deputy Editor, Dylan MacNamara—he played football in 8th grade with two current NFL players.

One is Wright and the other is San Francisco 49ers' receiver Jason Hill.

All three played in the Pop Warner League in the Bay Area while they were young.

At Browns practice today, I got a chance to ask Wright, while he was busy signing autographs, about his time playing with MacNamara back in the day.

"We won a couple of championships together," Wright said. "We also took a drive out to Reno and he was my roommate."

In my many chats with MacNamara (my boss here on B/R) he's said a number of times that Wright will be a top five corner in the NFL this upcoming 2010 season.

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As a Browns fan, I really hope that is true.

"He was a QB, slash TE, slash didn't play too much," continued Wright about MacNamara, with I and several crowd members laughing at the last part.

"That's my guy," Wright added.

To clarify, MacNamara did tell me that he was the starting tight end for the team and that Wright was dogging on him a bit, but it was all in good fun since they do know each other.

Wright is on track to hopefully get a big deal at season's end, seeing as how he has only gotten better each year he has been in the NFL. With the addition of veteran corner Sheldon Brown and rookie corner Joe Haden, the competition will only bring out the best in Wright this season.

That is great news for a Browns' secondary that has been less than stellar the past two seasons.

With the exception of Wright's play—he has shut down some of the NFL's best WRs—the secondary will be a night and day difference in 2010, and I have seen how much better it looks first hand being at five camp practices so far.

What was once a weak point of the defense is now going to be a strong point of the defense moving forward. This is music to Browns fan's ears.


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