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Major Wright ready to step into starting role

TAMPA, Fla. – At the end of the preseason, the Buccaneers didn’t think safety Major Wright was good enough to make the roster. Now, he appears to be headed for a starting role.

“That’s crazy, but it is what it is now," Wright said Thursday.

The Bucs now think highly enough of Wright to trade away starting strong safety Mark Barron to St. Louis on Tuesday. That’s a long way from where Wright was at the end of the preseason. Although he came with ties to coach Lovie Smith from their Chicago days, Wright was released at the end of the preseason.

“I just waited, and the next thing I know, they ended up calling me back,’’ Wright said.

The Bucs quickly re-signed Wright and he had been playing in a backup role. Smith is cautious about tipping his hand to what he plans to do with his lineup, but he spoke glowingly of Wright on Wednesday.

Getting cut provides a reminder to Wright about how he was expendable. That provides him with motivation.

“My mentality is still the same," Wright said. “I’ve got to stay hungry and go out and just work. I can’t let my guard down just because this opportunity did come. It can leave, too. I just come out here, stay focused, stay humble and just keep working."