Scooby Wright Turning Heads Early In Camp

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 31: Linebacker Scooby Wright III
GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 31: Linebacker Scooby Wright III /

After an impressive spring and a great start so far in camp, former UofA star Scooby Wright is looking not only to make the team, but make an impact as well.

Scooby Wright III wanted to be an Arizona Cardinal after his playing days were over in Tucson at the University of Arizona. Unfortunately, he would have to wait a few more months after the Browns selected him in the 7th round of the 2016 draft. Now, he’s back home and is looking to make an NFL roster.

A standout player at Arizona, things seemed to come easy for Wright in college. During his sophomore year in 2014, he was a unanimous All-American. His efforts also earned him Pac-12 Player of the Year honors, while also taking home the Nagurski Trophy and the Lombardi, Lambert and Bednarik awards, respectively.

Primarily a pass-rusher in college, Wright is trying to learn both inside ‘backer positions in the NFL. A position that’s vital in Arizona’s uber-aggressive defense. With an injury sidelining the regular ‘moneybacker,’ Deone Bucannon, Wright has seen a lot more reps inside. Already contributing on special teams, getting acclimated to the defense seems to be going well, according to coaches.

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Coach Bruce Arians has been quite pleased so far with the young linebacker, saying “he came in here last year and he helped fix our special teams because he’s dynamite covering.”

The Cardinals love versatility when it comes to their team. And with Wright already excelling in the area of special teams, learning how to play inside linebacker will only increase his chances of making the 53-man roster. Depth is a great problem to have, especially when it’s players with a high motor and can play multiple positions.

Wright is turning heads and trying to make a name for himself as a professional. His linebackers coach Larry Foote is impressed as well. Foote recently said, “you see him out there, he can move. He’s a good athlete. He’s pleasant to be around and, hopefully, he can make this team.”

Scooby Wright should make the team. And James Bettcher’s defense will be all the better for it.