Major Wright counts Cris Carter as a mentor
Cris Carter has been credited before for his work with wide receivers Randy Moss and Larry Fitzgerald, players he helped mentor when he was near the end of his career with the Minnesota Vikings.<p> Carter was teammates with Moss and Fitzgerald was a young ballboy for the Vikings at the time, hanging on every word from the veteran. Now, Carter is helping bring along another young player, one on the other side of the ball.
He counts Major Wright, the rookie safety for the Chicago Bears, as a close friend. Wright seeks Carter, an eight-time Pro Bowl performer who has yet to receive a nod for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, as a mentor. Wright was drafted out of Florida in the third round by the Bears and could challenge for playing time in training camp. He’s been close to Carter, though, since he was in high school at St. Thomas Aquinas in Florida, the same prep program that Carter’s son Duron later played in.
“He's kind of guided me and has been my mentor,” Wright told Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune. “I call him every week just to let him know what's going on with me.
“It helps to learn from him simply because he's been in this situation before as an NFL player. He can teach me the tendencies of the receivers, what I can look for ... the splits, the routes, and how the angles are. He can teach me how to do this, how to do that because he's played against the best.”
The Bears will certainly benefit if Wright can make an impact for their defense this season. The team has done nothing but invest in the position with late-round picks and that is why general manager Jerry Angelo has found himself choosing safeties in the late rounds year after year. The Bears have a flavor of the month, or the season, and then long for something else. Coach Lovie Smith has had an amazing revolving door at the position, and it was addressed when the team traded for ex-Bear Chris Harris before the Carolina Panthers were going to release him.
Harris and Danieal Manning are slated to be the starters right now, but the team believes it got a starting-caliber safety in Wright. When his turn will come, no one can say. But with the rate Smith has gone through safeties in the past, it might not take long.
Follow me on Twitter: BradBiggs
Ready for fantasy football? Click here to purchase the 2010 Total Access Pass/Draft Guide from the NFP