Oct 25, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Eric Wright (21) forces Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder (7) out of bounds in the fourth quarter at the Metrodome. The Buccaneers win 36-17. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

49ers set to activate CB Eric Wright


San Francisco didn’t make any moves at the trade deadline, but really they didn’t need to.  It has already been announced that wide receiver Mario Manningham will be activated this week and play against the Carolina Panthers, and that Michael Crabtree will be available sometimes soon – likely the end of the month.

The defense is getting some reinforcements as well.

Linebacker Aldon Smith was added to the roster and will rejoin the team this week and cornerback Eric Wright is set to join the 49ers on Tuesday.

While Carlos Rogers and Tarell Brown have the starting corner spots locked down and Tramaine Brock has been a pleasant surprise as the No. 3, Wright could provide the depth that Nnamdi Asoumgha seemingly can’t.

According to a report from CSN Bay Area, 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio says Wright isn’t quite set in the team’s defensive scheme but has the ability to make himself comfortable.

“But he’s a guy who we think once he kind of grasps it, he’ll grow leaps and bounds quickly because he’s played in the league,” Fangio said.

With four healthy corners and 3 performing well, Wright will have every opportunity to work himself in but might find his playing time a bit limited.

“Sometimes, it’s attrition. Sometimes if he shows that he can play better than who we have playing, that’s the guy that we’ll play,” Fangio said.

It’s usually nice to have that kind of depth — something the 49ers were lacking a bit with the underperformance of Asoumgha.

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  • loverpoint

    If the 49ers make way for Wright by cutting Asomugha then the 49ers can kiss their hopes of making the Super Bowl good-bye.

    • Matt Cowlishaw

      I don’t think they will. Wright will just create some extra competition for everyone as he becomes acclimated to the defense.